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 bike. Cycling through the summer of Berlin allows you to be out and about in the fresh air and quickly 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.
And for all street art fans: of course we have also put together a great bike tour for you on this topic.
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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
Because the Berlin Wall bike path offers so many varied and beautiful routes, we want to recommend you another part of the path.. 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: Southwest Cycle Routes: 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 take a trip back in time to the division of Germany, at Checkpoint Bravo Dreilinden.
Tip 4: Five Villages Tour in the east of Berlin
Let yourself be surprised by a tour that presents the diversity of the Hellersdorf-Marzahn district. Beyond the prefabricated buildings, it becomes rural, village-like and even mountainous. Many small oases hide between traffic hubs and industrial parks. In the shadow of the high-rise buildings you will discover historic village greens, manor houses, churches and a windmill.
Tip 5: Football Tour of Berlin
If there are no Bundesliga football matches in the summer, you can set out on the trail of football history instead. After all, Germany's oldest football club was founded in Berlin, or more precisely in Tempelhof. Learn all about the sports historical, cultural and urban historical contexts. Of course you will also pass by the Berlin Olympic Stadium, which hosted the matches of the 1974, 2006 and 2011 World Cups. Not just for football fans.
Tip 6: Southwest Cycle Routes: 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 Freie Universität 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 go for a walk, enjoy the sunbathing areas or just drive around with your bike. 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: Berlin’s Animal Side
Unusual name for a tour of the city? Not in Berlin. The diversity of Berlin's fauna is impressive, ranging from goats and sheep to bats, mouflons and water buffalo. Ideally, you should take binoculars and your lunch with you on this tour, because at almost 42 kilometres, the route is one of the longer ones. On the way, however, there are numerous places to stop and look around.
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, was founded. Explore 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 city life back then.