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Konzerthaus (Concert Hall) and Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Konzerthaus (Concert Hall) and Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Tour 18 - Cycling Tour Classic Berlin

This bike tour begins in the heart of the eastern district Mitte at the Hotel NH Berlin Mitte, Leipziger Straße 106–111. Take a left from the hotel entrance and ride to the next intersection, then turn left again onto one of Berlin's most famous streets, Friedrichstraße.

Friedrichstraße

Friedrichstraße connects the districts of Mitte and Kreuzberg. While Germany was still divided, Friedrichstraße was also divided at Checkpoint Charlie. Keep going down Friedrichstraße and then take a right onto Mohrenstraße. Now turn left onto Markgrafenstraße, and on your left you'll see what is probably the most beautiful square in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt.

Gendarmenmarkt

The Gendarmenmarkt was created in 1688. The middle building of the ensemble facing Markgrafenstraße is the Konzerthaus Berlin. To the left you see the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) and to the right is the Huguenot Französischer Dom (French Cathedral). The Schiller monument stands in the middle of the square. The Gendarmenmarkt was the scene of many historic events, such as the Potato Revolution a year before the Revolutions of 1848.

Unter den Linden

Stay on Markgrafenstraße until you come to Behrenstraße. Take a right and ride on until the road ends at Bebelplatz. Turn left onto Bebelplatz and keep going until you reach Unter den Linden, where you'll take a right. In a couple of blocks you'll be crossing the Spree onto the Museum Island.

Museum Island

Once you cross the river, take a left to the other side of Unter den Linden and push your bike into the park called "Am Lustgarten", which leads directly to the Altes Museum (Old Museum). Designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the Altes Museum is now home to a collection of classical antiquities. To the right of the Lustgarten you see the magnificent Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral).

Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom is the largest church in Berlin. Opened in 1905, the cathedral provides enough space for 1650 worshippers. Numerous family members of the royal house of Hohenzollern have been laid to rest in the crypt. If you climb the 270 steps to the walkway around the dome, you will have a stunning view of the city.

Unter den Linden

After enjoying the view, retrace your path back to "Unter den Linden", where you'll head back towards Friedrichstraße again. As you ride down Berlin's grand boulevard, you will pass several historic buildings on both sides, such as the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) in the Zeughaus, a former armoury (right), the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse), a site of a memorial to the victims of war and tyranny (right), Humboldt University (right), the Staatsoper (State Opera House) (left), and many more . After a while you'll reach the Brandenburg Gate.

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Brandenburg Gate

With its quadriga, a carriage, drawn by four horses, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the outstanding sights of Berlin. When Germany was still divided, it stood right in the middle of the no man's land between the two German states, but today you can simply ride your bike straight through the gate.

Reichstag

Once you've passed through the Brandenburg Gate, take a right onto Ebertstraße. Keep riding until you reach the Reichstag building, where the German Bundestag (Parliament) now meets. The building is topped off with its world-famous new dome, designed by architect Norman Foster. After enjoying the view, ride back along Ebertstraße towards the Brandenburg Gate.

Ebertstraße

Cycle past the Brandenburg Gate, go straight on and you will come to the Holocaust Memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The bike tour continues on Ebertstraße until you reach Potsdamer Platz.

Potsdamer Platz

Until the Second World War, Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest intersections in Europe. After the war and during the German division, Potsdamer Platz was also in the middle of no man's land. It was only rebuilt after 1990 and even today, the new architecture thrills Berliners and hundreds of thousands of visitors to Berlin alike. Take a left onto Leipziger Straße.

Zimmerstraße

Stay on Leipzigerstraße until you come to Wilhelmstraße. Take a right and ride along this street until you come to Zimmerstraße. Take a left and continue straight until you reach Checkpoint Charlie at the corner of Zimmerstraße and Friedrichstraße.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was one of the border crossings at the Berlin Wall. It was reserved for the military and diplomats. Soviet and American soldiers and tanks faced off here several times over the years of Berlin's occupation. Ride north on Friedrichstraße.

Insider-Tipp: Deutsches Currywurstmuseum

An entire museum devoted to the currywurst. Discover and taste the favourite snack of the Germans. Schützenstraße 70, 10177 Berlin

Leipziger Straße

Three blocks north of Checkpoint Charlie, you will come back to Leipziger Straße. Take a left and you've reached the end of the tour. Kindly supported by Hotel NH Berlin Mitte.