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sunset in Kollwitz neighborhood visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tour 17 - Cycling Tour of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte

Start your cycling tour of Prenzlauer Berg at Hotel 103, which is located at Schönhauser Allee 103. Turn right from the door of the hotel and head towards the corner. Dismount from your bike and cross Schönhauser Allee to Erich-Weinert-Straße.

Greifenhagener Straße

Take a right at the next intersection, turning onto Greifenhagener Straße. Ride down this street, and in about three blocks you will cross the S-Bahn tracks. After another two blocks, you will come upon the Gethsemanekirche on the left side of the street.

Gethsemanekirche

This is one of Berlin's most famous churches. In the time of the GDR, the church was a meeting place for opposition groups and the peace movement. The members of the civil rights movement played a major role in the peaceful revolution of 1989. At the corner, take a left onto Stargader Straße.

Lychener Straße

Ride along Stargarder Straße, cross Pappelallee, then take a right onto Lychener Straße. You are now in what is known as the LSD district, an area bounded by Lychener, Stargarder and Dunckerstraße. There are many restaurants and interesting opportunities for shopping in this area.

Helmholtzplatz

At the end of the block, you'll come to Helmholtzplatz on the left-hand side of the street. Helmholtzplatz is full of trees and is very much a child-friendly place. When the weather's good, the many children who live in Prenzlauer Berg can be found all over the square, especially in the afternoons.

Kulturbrauerei

Stay on Lychener Straße for another longer block until you reach Danziger Straße. Cross Danziger Straße and at the corner you will see the entrance to the Kulturbrauerei. This lovingly restored building complex was once a brewery and today is a colourful mix of theatres, galleries, cinemas and offices.

Knaackstraße

Walk your bike through the Kulturbrauerei until you reach Sredzkistraße. Make a quick left and then right back onto Knaackstraße. After two blocks, you will come to Kollwitzplatz.

Kollwitzplatz

Kollwitzplatz is the heart of Kollwitz neighbourhood. Both the square and the neighbourhood were named after German artist Käthe Kollwitz, known for her commitment to social causes. In the middle of the square is a monument to Kollwitz. An organic market is held here on Thursdays and Saturdays, offering you plenty of opportunities to grab a quick bite or do a spot of shopping.

Senefelder Platz

Follow Knaackstraße to the corner and take a right onto Kollwitzstraße and ride until you reach Senefelderplatz, named after Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithographic printing. Leave the square and turn right until you reach Schönhauser Allee, where you will take a left.

Schönhauser Allee

Ride along Schönhauser Allee for three blocks. You will pass the Pfefferberg, another former brewery site which is now home to several institutions and a lovely beer garden. Once you get to the major intersection of Schönhauser Allee and Torstraße, cross over and continue straight ahead onto Alte Schönhauser Allee.

Insider-Tipp: Top-Notch Vietnamese Food at Good Morning Vietnam Right at the corner to your left, this Vietnamese restaurant beckons you in to enjoy its regional specialities and exotic drinks.

Linienstraße

Going right past Good Morning Vietnam, take a quick right onto Linienstraße. You can relax here as you cycle on this bikes-only road, and you can even cycle side-by-side for a while. Continue straight until you pass Koppenplatz.

Koppenplatz

The Koppenplatz is a green space in the former Spandauer Vorstadt, a late nineteenth-century suburb. This is the site of "Der verlassene Raum" ("The Abandoned Room"), a monument which commemorates the many Jewish Berliners who were deported and murdered during the Nazi dictatorship.

Ackerstraße

Go back to the Linienstraße entrance to the Koppenplatz, turn right onto Ackerstraße and cross Torstraße. Immediately on the right, you will come past the Bar Muschi Obermaier, which, however, only opens at 8.00pm. If you're not taking a night-time tour, you'll have to make sure you come back later on. Stay on Ackerstraße for about a kilometre until you come to Bernauer Straße.

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Berlin Wall Memorial

To the right you will find the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, the central memorial to the division of Germany after World War II. It was here that Bernauer Straße was brutally divided on the day the Wall was erected. One side of the street was suddenly isolated from the other as the Wall was built to divide East and West Berlin. People jumped from windows in attempts to escape to West Berlin.

Bernauer Straße

Stay on Bernauer Straße, riding towards the east. On the left you will see buildings that stood in West Berlin whilst Germany was still divided. On the right, you can see the strips where the Wall and border patrols once stood. Take a right onto Swinemünder Straße.

Swinemünder Straße

Ride for three blocks until you come to Arkonaplatz. Cross over this park, which is home to a small but nice flea market on Sundays. When you reach the other side of the park, continue on Swinemünder Straße until you come to the Zionskirche.

Zionskirche

The Zionskirche was built in 1873. Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a member of the resistance movement and the Confessing Church, worked here during the period under Nazi rule and was later killed by the Nazis. Oppositional groups met here during the GDR era. Ride to the left behind the church along Zionkirchstraße until you come to Kastanienallee. Take a left.

Kastanienallee

Kastanienallee earned its name when it was planted with horse chestnut (buckeye) trees in 1826. It has been given the nickname "Casting Alley" because of all the good-looking people and model agency scouts who seem to be in this area. Ride for two long blocks until you reach Oderberger Straße, then take a left.

Oderberger Straße

This is one of Berlin's most famous streets and home to many restaurants, cafés and boutiques that invite you to stop and take a stroll, grab a bite to eat and do a spot of shopping. The street is also home to one of the oldest professional fire departments in Germany. Ride along Oderberger Straße until you reach Eberswalder Straße.

Mauerpark

Cross Eberswalder Straße and ride through the Berlin Wall Park. The park was right next to the Wall during the GDR era and after reunification, it is once again bringing in the crowds. On Sundays it is home to a flea market and a huge karaoke event that attracts thousands of visitors.

Max-Schmeling-Halle

Ride through the park to the Max-Schmeling-Halle. This multi-purpose hall was officially opened in 1996 by its namesake, boxer Max Schmeling, and was the home arena of the Alba Berlin basketball team until 2008. Continue riding through Falkplatz in front of the arena and then take a right onto Gleimstraße.

Sonnenburger Straße

Ride down Gleimstraße and take a left onto Sonnenburger Straße. Cross Kopenhagener Straße and ride to the end of the street, where to the right you will see the stairwell to an iron footbridge over the tracks.

Arnimplatz

Push your bike over the footbridge. As you leave the bridge, make a quick jog to the left and then to the right onto Schönfließer Straße. Cross Schivelbeiner Straße to Arnimplatz. Ride across Arnimplatz and then turn left onto Schönfließer Straße.

Schönhauser Allee

Follow Schönfließer Straße for two more blocks until you reach Bornholmer Straße. Take a right. Ride to the next corner and turn right onto Schönhauser Allee. Just to your right you will see Schönhauser Allee 103, the end of your tour. Kindly supported by Hotel 103.