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Park at Gleisdreieck in Berlin
Park at Gleisdreieck © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Tour 20 - Bicycle Tour of Tempelhof and Mitte

This bike tour begins at the Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof Airport at Hermannstraße 214–216. From the front door of the hotel, ride to the northwest on Hermanstraße for several blocks. After about three blocks, you will ride past the St-Jakobi cemetery on your right for a long block until you arrive at the major intersection at Hermannplatz. Take left onto Hasenheide.

Hasenheide

Ride down Hasenheide for about two blocks until you see Huxley's Neue Welt on the left. Walk your bike across Hasenheide (back towards the south) at the pedestrian crossing and along the pavement until you see the entrance to the Hasenheide Park on your right.

Volkspark Hasenheide

Volkspark Hasenheide is a 50 hectare park which got its name from being the site of a rabbit (Hasen) farm in the seventeenth century. This park was home to Friedrich Ludwig Jahn's (1778-1852) first outdoor gymnastics park in Prussia (1811). Ride southbound through the park, past the Rixdorfer Pond, and then on to Columbiadamm .

Columbiadamm

Ride down Columbiadamm for a while until you come to one of the ten entrances to the Tempelhofer Feld, the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport. Take a tour of Tempelhofer Feld.

Tempelhofer Feld

The Tempelhofer Feld is a 386 hectare open space that served as Tempelhof Airport, one of the first commercial airports in Germany, until the end of 2008. The site has now been turned into a popular recreation area for cyclists, kite flyers, joggers and cross-country skiers.

Peter-Strasser-Weg

Cross the grounds until you come to the former airport building. Ride around the left side of the former airport, cross Tempelhofer Damm and ride straight ahead onto Peter- Strasser-Weg. At the end of the street, turn right onto Bundesring.

Gartenstadt Neu-Tempelhof (Neu-Tempelhof Garden City)

You're now in the middle of the Neu-Tempelhof Garden City. With its houses, gardens, squares and small streets, the garden city is a surprising bit of suburban lifestyle in the heart of the city. At the end of Bundesring, take a left onto Wolffring.

Mussehlstraße

In about two blocks, you'll see the Paulus Gemeinde Church ahead and just before the church is a small bike path. Take a right down the bike path and ride past the church until you reach Badener Ring. Take a little jog to the right, cross Badener Ring and continue onto Mussehlstraße for another block until you come to Bayernring. Mussehlstraße continues across Bayernring, with a slight jog to the left.

Methfesselstraße

Stay on Mussehlstraße for another two blocks until you cross Dudenstraße. Continue straight ahead after the road is renamed Methfesselstraße, taking you to the Kreuzberg.

Tourkarte

Kreuzberg

Continue on Methfesselstraße for about 300 metres until you come to the edge of Viktoriapark on the left. Ride through the park and then scramble up the 66 metre high Kreuzberg hill. At the top of the hill stands the Nationaldenkmal (National Monument) that recalls the liberation wars against Napoleon, erected by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the architect responsible for much of Berlin's neoclassical architecture. From the top of the Kreuzberg hill you will have a fantastic view of the city. Ride to the north side of the park, cross Kreuzbergstraße and continue north onto Großbeerenstraße.

Großbeerenstraße

Ride along Großbeerenstraße for a block and take a left onto Hagelberger Straße. Ride for another block and take a right onto Möckernstraße. Cross Yorckstraße and, after another block, you will come upon Hornstraße to your right. To your left is the entrance to the Park am Gleisdreieck. Go into the park.

Park am Gleisdreieck

The Park am Gleisdreieck is a 26 hectare green space built on the site of the former train stations Anhalter Bahnhof and Potsdamer Güterbahnhof. For a long time a wild wasteland, the Park am Gleisdreieck was opened here in 2011.

Generalszug

Ride northwards through the site until you come to Anhalter Straße. You will see the Deutsches Technikmuseum to your left. Follow Anhalter Straße over the Landwehrkanal. Continue straight ahead. You will see the Tempodrom on your right and then on your left the ruins of the Anhalter Bahnhof.

Anhalter Bahnhof

The Anhalter Bahnhof was one of the most well-known long-distance stations in Berlin. During the Nazi era, thousands of Jewish Berliners were deported from here. A stele recalls these barbaric events. In 1945, the station was badly damaged by bombs and the ruins have been left as a war memorial.

Köthener Straße

Ride past the station ruins and then take a left turn onto Schöneberger Straße. After a long block, take a right onto Hafenplatz and ride along the edge of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy park until you come to Köthener Straße. Take a right and ride for two long blocks until you come to Stresemannstraße. To your left is Potsdamer Platz.

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz was the busiest traffic circle in Europe for a long time. It was heavily damaged in World War II and remained undeveloped during the division of Germany since it was located in the heart of no man's land between East and West. The entire neighbourhood has been completely rebuilt after reunification. Today, Potsdamer Platz boasts numerous grand buildings, such as the Sony Center.

Stresemannstraße

Turn right onto Stresemannstraße and head back south for several blocks until you arrive at Wilhelmstraße. Take a right and cross over the Landwehrkanal. The road is now named Mehringdamm.

Gneisenaustraße

Stay on Mehringdamm for three long blocks and then take a left onto Gneisenaustraße. Stay on Gneisenaustraße until you ride around Südstern – with its large church between the two lanes of traffic – and then continue on Hasenheide until you arrive at Hermannstraße.

Hermannstraße

Take a right onto Hermannstraße and ride until you arrive at house number 214–216. You've now reached the end of the tour.