This cycling tour makes a crossing unimaginable 25 years ago. The tour starts at the Crowne Plaza City Centre at Nürnberger Straße 65, in the heart of City West. Ride your bike to the right, cross the next intersection and continue straight onto Budapester Straße.
On the left side of Budapester Straße is the world-famous Berlin Zoo, home to more species than any other zoo in the world. After a few minutes, you will pass the Hotel Intercontinental. This is where German rock singer Udo Lindenberg lived during his wild years in Berlin.
Continue on Budapester Straße and cross the Landwehr Canal. Once you cross, the street is now named Stülerstraße. Ride for two more blocks as the road curves until you come to Hofjägerallee, where you will take a left.
You are now in Großer Tiergarten, a 210 hectare large and popular recreational area for Berliners and visitors alike. Continue riding on Hofjägerallee and straight ahead you will see the Siegessäule (Victory Column), rising far above the surrounding park.
The 67-metre-high Victory Column is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. The column was completed in 1873 and remembers Germany's victory over Denmark in 1864. At the top of the column is the golden Victoria, nicknamed "Goldelse" by the Berliners.
Cycle clockwise with the traffic in the Großer Stern roundabout until you come to the Spreeweg. Turn right from here. Take Spreeweg until just before the river where you will turn right onto John-Foster-Dulles-Allee. This riverside road is named after the late U.S. Secretary of State.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Stay on John-Foster-Dulles-Allee; after about 700 metres you will see on the left the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the World's Cultures), the former Berlin Congress Hall, nicknamed the "pregnant oyster" by locals. Continue riding on John-Foster-Dulles-Allee and follow the traffic as it curves to the left onto Scheidemannstraße. After crossing the next intersection, you'll be at the Platz der Republik.
Platz der Republik
The Platz der Republik is the large lawn in front of the Reichstag building. It received the name back in the days of the first German republic (1918-1933) and hosted large rallies and concerts by the likes of Michael Jackson and others. Before the government's move to the Reichstag, the lawn was a popular place for football games and picnicking.
The Reichstag, with its distinctive new dome designed by architect Norman Foster, has been home to the German Bundestag since 1999. The building has had a tumultuous history closely connected to the ups and downs of German history.
Insider Tip: Käfer's Roof Garden in the Reichstag
Here you can enjoy delicious specialities and a breath-taking view over Berlin. Due to security regulations, you can only access the restaurant with a valid ID.
Ride around the back of the Reichstag via Friedrich-Ebert-Platz and then take a left at the next corner onto Paul-Löbe-Allee. Take a right and ride past the Paul-Löbe-Haus and then turn right onto Konrad-Adenauer-Straße.
Follow Konrad-Adenauer-Straße, cross the river and the road becomes Reinhardstraße. The most striking building on this street is the former bunker now used by the BOROS Foundation to house a remarkable private collection of contemporary art (visit only with prior registration). Ride along Reinhardstraße until you come to Friedrichstraße, where you will take a right.
Ride along Friedrichstraße, cross the Spree and after a block you will come to the "Tränenpalast" (Palace of Tears) at the Friedrichstraße station. The Palace of Tears was the crossing point for Western visitors - a place of many tearful goodbyes. Continue on Friedrichstraße for three shorter blocks until you come to Unter den Linden, where you will take a right.
Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden is the most famous boulevard in Berlin. There was only a bridle path here until the 17 th century, when this magnificent street was widened and planted with numerous linden trees. Ride along the street towards the Brandenburg Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is inextricably linked with the history of Germany: During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate was a symbol of German division and, after the fall of the Wall, it became the gate to German reunification.
Enjoy the uplifting feeling of simply being able to cross the former border freely as you ride straight through the Brandenburg Gate. Once you pass through the Brandenburg Gate, take a left onto Ebertstraße. After a few metres, you will see on the left side the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - the Holocaust Memorial.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Holocaust Memorial is the central memorial in Germany for the murdered Jews of Europe. Covering an area of 19,000 m2, it consists of 2,711 grey concrete blocks. You should make a stop here and visit the memorial to experience the special atmosphere of this impressive monument for yourself.
Get back onto Ebertstraße and go to the next intersection, Lennéstraße which becomes Tiergartenstraße after a few blocks. You will pass some embassy buildings. Take a left at the next intersection onto Stülerstraße.
Insider Tip: Café am neuen See
Take a little detour and enjoy the delicious pizza, hot and cold drinks in the large beer garden or the restaurant of Café am neuen See. Take a right off of Stülerstraße onto Rauchstraße. Then take another quick right onto Thomas-Dehler-Straße and follow it to the entrance of the Café am neuen See. Ride back to Stülerstraße.
Stay on Stülerstraße which will become Budapester Straße as you move along. Continue straight onto Nürnberger Straße. And you're now at the end of the tour. Kindly supported by Crowne Plaza City Centre.