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The top 11 most beautiful summer bike rides in Berlin

Bike rides to the green countryside and the blue lakes

Bicycle tour man and woman near Glienicke Bridge in Berlin
Bicycle tour at Glienicke Bridge © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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

Frühling am Tegeler See
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Reinickendorf

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 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. 

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Tip 2: Berlin Wall bike path 2 in the south

Bikes on a rail of a bridge of the Teltowkanal
Bikes on a bridge in Teltow © (c) visumate
Lichterfelde at the Teltowkanal

As previously mentioned, this year Berlin is celebrating the fall of the Wall in a big way, so we think that it’s only appropriate that the Berlin Wall bike path appears on our list twice. 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.

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Tip 3: Dahlem route

Amerikasee im Botanischen Garten
Amerikasee im Botanischen Garten © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas
Botanical Garden Dahlem

As good as new: The Dahlem route was only opened in June last year. You can explore the south-western part of Berlin here – and it’s definitely worth it. There is a lot to see on the 18 km-long ride: the Botanical Garden, Dahlem Village and the Allied Museum are just some of the highlights. Important to note: Remember your swimsuits, because you’ll also pass by the Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee lakes! 

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Tip 4: Along the River Spree

The river Spree with a view at the government district
The river Spree and the Kanzleramt (chancellery) © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Government district Berlin

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.

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Tip 5: Always follow the water

Restaurant at the Müggelturm in Berlin-Köpenick
Müggelturm in Köpenick © Berliner Müggelturm UG, Foto: Swen Bernitz
Müggel tower

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. 

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Tip 6: Wannsee cycle route

A family on bikes in Berlin
Family bicycle tour at Wannsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok
lake Wannsee

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.

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Tip 7: Bicycle ride through Reinickendorf

Lake Tegel in Berlin in summer
Lake Tegel in Berlin in summer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
lake Tegel

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.

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Tip 8: Tiergarten bike ride

Tiergarten - Spring
Tiergarten - Spring © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit
Tiergarten in Berlin

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.

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Tip 9: Bike ride through Berlin’s government district

Spring at the Reichstag in Berlin
Reichstag in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Reichstag

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.

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Tip 10: Bike ride through Treptow-Köpenick

lake Müggelsee in Berlin
Sunset at Müggelsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
lake Müggelsee

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! 

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Tip 11: Wannsee-Babelsberg route & cycle route of industrial culture

Babelsberg palace
Babelsberg palace © iStock.com, Foto: picturedesigner
Babelsberg palace

The new Wannsee-Babelsberg route, which connects Berlin and Potsdam, opens on the 21st of June. The 20-km-long cycle route will take you past places of interest and cultural institutions in Steglitz-Zehlendorf and Potsdam. We start at the Wannsee railway station, cross the Glienicke Bridge and finally arrive in Potsdam. Be among the first to cycle along this brand new route!

In addition, the route of industrial culture will be passable through Berlin from the end of May. It will tell the history of Berlin from an industrial cultural point of view and will give you new impressions of the city.

All routes through Berlin

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.  

P.S.: Berlin’s bike-friendly hotels offer you and your bikes special services and options for bike tourists. Find out more here.

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for visitBerlin.de/blog

Verena

lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).

Kommentare

Er, that's not the Babelsberg Palace in the photo at 11. The palace is in the background; the foreground is the Dampfmaschinenhaus. Which, I suppose, is a tribute to its architecture :)

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