In Berlin you can easily forget that you are in a big city: There are numerous lakes, countless parks and a green surrounding countryside. We recommend exploring all this by bicycle, because cycling through Berlin’s summer is twice as much fun: you’ll be out in the fresh air and quickly out in the countryside. We’ll show you the most beautiful rides along the banks of the River Spree, to the lakes and to the surrounding areas.
Tip 1: Berlin Wall bike path 1 in the north
You will come across the former course of the Wall again and again in Berlin, the perfect reason to finally cycle along the Berlin Wall bike path. Since the complete route is almost 160 km long and takes at least one weekend to complete, we have selected the most beautiful and greenest sections for you. The Hennigsdorf - Hohen Neuendorf - Hermsdorf section leads you through beautiful nature around the northern part of West Berlin. At the end of the route, the Berlin Wall bike path leads along the Tegeler Fließ stream and Lübars back to Berlin Mitte.
Tip 2: Berlin Wall bike path 2 in the south
And because the Berlin Wall bike path offers so many varied and beautiful routes, we think that the path can appear twice in our list. This time we go south on the Sonnenallee - Schönefeld - Lichtenrade section: From Sonnenallee you’ll ride continuously along the Teltow Canal via Schöneberg to Lichtenrade. The path is brand new and very beautiful.
Tip 3: Nikolassee route
On the small round trip through the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf in the southwest of Berlin you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Grunewald, jump into the cool water at various bathing spots, learn interesting facts about the beginnings of Berlin in the museum village of Düppel, and at Checkpoint Bravo Dreilinden take you back to the time of the German division.
Tip 4: Along the River Spree
There is also a lot of water right at the heart of Berlin – just cycle along the banks of the river Spree. The ride starts at Potsdamer Platz and takes you past the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Bundeskanzleramt (German Chancellery), Bellevue Palace and other sights. The section along the Landwehr Canal is particularly beautiful.
Tip 5: Always follow the water
If you still don’t believe us that Berlin is virtually by the seaside, you should do this bike ride through Köpenick. Cycling continuously along the riverbank is the nicest. Through Müggelheim and Grünau until the Dahme lakes bike path – there is a lot to discover on this ride. A highlight is the ferry trip from Grünau to Wendenschloss on a ferry which dates back to the period before the Second World War.
Tip 6: Wannsee cycle route
A classic bike ride, but always lovely – from the city centre to Wannsee. You’ll travel through the historical centre, 19th century neighbourhoods and the villa suburbs to Potsdam. On the way you’ll pass Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the Schöneberg Town Hall, the Free University and much more. Once you’ve reached your destination, treat yourself to a jump into Berlin’s second largest lake.
Tip 7: Bicycle ride through Reinickendorf
The north of Berlin is also great for bicycle rides. In addition to Tegel Airport, Reinickendorf offers a lot of water and nature. You can get acquainted with Berlin’s oldest tree in Tegel Forest and cycle around Lake Tegel.
Tip 8: Tiergarten bike ride
The Tiergarten is Berlin’s green lung. In the middle of the city – between the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the Victory Column – you can walk, lie in the sunbathing areas or bike around. In the park you can also visit monuments or the Café am Neuen See.
Tip 9: Bike ride through Berlin’s government district
Berlin’s government district also has an abundance of water – on this ride you’ll cycle across the Spree twice and past the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery). There are beautiful views and many chances to take a break by the water along the way.
Tip 10: Bike ride through Treptow-Köpenick
The centre, north and south-west - the south-east is still missing. And it’s worth it too. Treptow-Köpenick is blessed with plenty of water. This bike ride takes you along the River Spree, past the Müggelsee lake, through the canals of “New Venice” and then to Erkner. The highlights of the route include Köpenick’s old town, Treptower Park and the Archenhold Observatory. Remember your swimsuits!
Tip 11: Route of industrial culture
Combine your bike trip with a discovery tour of Berlin's industrial culture. Visit the backyard workshop where Siemens & Halske, a global corporation, began. Find out from where Berlin was once supplied with electricity, water and gas. This 24-kilometer route is dedicated to the remaining monuments, factories, power plants and substations that made it possible to turn Berlin into a vibrant metropolis in the first place. And yes, breweries were already part of real big city life back then.
If you want to spend three days in Berlin on your bike, you can find our sightseeing tips here. See Berlin’s most beautiful sights by bike.
And a final tip: Berlin’s bike-friendly hotels offer you and your bikes special services and options for bike tourists. Find out more here.