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Beer garden at Schlachtensee in Berlin
Restaurant Fischerhütte at Schlachtensee visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tour 23 - Cycling Tour to Berlin's Lakes

This tour starts at the Hotel Berliner Hof, Tauentzienstraße 8. Heading right from the hotel door, ride to the nearby Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) on Breitscheidplatz. As the road curves to the left, it becomes Kurfürstendamm.

Kurfürstendamm

Kurfürstendamm is the most famous shopping mile in Berlin. Today, the heart of former West Berlin around the Kurfürstendamm is now dubbed "City West". After crossing the Joachimsthaler Straße, the stores begin to get classier. Continue riding down Kurfürstendamm and enjoy taking a glimpse into the prestigious storefront windows.

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

After about 2 kilometres, you will cross Adenauerplatz. Stay on Kurfürstendamm. In three blocks, you will see on the left the striking Schaubühne building designed by architect Erich Mendelsohn, which has been home to provocative productions of the Theater Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz since 1981. Continue riding along Kurfürstendamm.

Concrete Cadillacs

In a little over a kilometre and after crossing the S-Bahn tracks, you will arrive at Rathenauplatz. Buffeted by the heavy traffic at this intersection, this has been the site of the modern sculpture "Concrete Cadillacs" by Wolf Vostell since 1987. The work sparked many protests, including a citizens' initiative that attempted to prevent its installation. Ride another 200 metres and then take a right at the next corner onto Königsallee.

Königsallee

Königsallee has been a popular, exclusive residential neighbourhood in the Grunewald district since 1895. Several prominent Berliners have lived in this area. Stay on Königsalle for the next four kilometres until you reach Hüttenweg. Continue straight onto Onkel-Tom-Straße, named after a restaurant which opened in 1895 called Onkel-Toms-Hütte (named after Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin).

Quermatenweg

Stay on Onkel-Tom-Straße until you reach Quermatenweg (the first street as you leave the forest). Take a right. If the weather's good for swimming, take a dip in one of the two nearby lakes: either the Krumme Lanke or the Schlachtensee.

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Krumme Lanke

If you want to get to the Krumme Lanke, just head off to the right from Quermatenweg onto one of the paths that goes into the forest. In a few metres, you'll come to the Krumme Lanke, where you have your choice of spots to take a refreshing dip. Continue riding through the forest to the Schlachtensee.

Schlachtensee

On the north bank of the Schlachtensee, you will pass the Fischerhütte (Fisherman's Hut), a good place to grab a refreshing drink and a tasty snack in the beautiful beer garden. Or, you can ride on by, and jump directly into the Schlachtensee. Take a right onto Am Schlachtensee and continue heading westwards.

Wannsee

Ride along Am Schlachtensee for 2.4 km until you reach Spanische Allee. Ride under the Autobahn straight ahead and then take a left onto Kronprinzessinnenweg. On the right side of the road is the Wannsee.

Insider Tip: Wannsee Beach

If you go straight on Wannseebadweg instead of turning left onto Kronprinzessinnenweg, you will come upon the Wannsee Beach in just a few hundred metres. The Wannsee Beach is one of the largest freshwater outdoor beaches, with 1,275 metres of sandy beach extending along the shores of the Wannsee.

Wannsee Ferry

Back on Kronzprizessinnenweg, continue until you reach on the right side of the street the BVG ferry dock. Take the Wannsee ferry (F10) over to Kladow. It runs once an hour and costs no more than a normal BVG ticket.

Kladow

Kladow is a part of the Berlin district of Spandau. Once you get off the ferry, ride straight ahead (on Rohrsängersteig which merges into Alt-Kladow.) In about three blocks, you will reach Kladower Damm. Take a right. Stay on this street for 8 km. It will be renamed Alt Gatow and Gatower Straße as you ride through the Gatow neighbourhood. When you come to the very busy Heerstraße, take a right.

Heerstraße

Stay on Heerstraße for another 6 km. You will pass the Olympic Stadium built for the 1936 Olympics, about three blocks to your left down Flatowstraße. Stay on Heerstraße until you reach Theodor-Heuss-Platz. At this roundabout, veer to the next right onto Masurenallee.

Plötzensee

Stay on Masurenallee until this you cross over the Autobahn. The road is now named Neue Kantstraße. In a few hundred metres you will see the Lietzensee and the Lietzenseepark on both sides of the road.

Insider Tip: Café Bootshaus Stelle am See

Take a refreshing break in this idyllic café and beer garden situated directly on the water of the Lietzensee.

Kantstraße

Neue Kantstrasse eventually becomes Kantstraße. Ride along Kantstraße for another 3 km until you pass the Wilmersdorfer Straße pedestrian zone and Savignyplatz, until you come to Budapester Straße.

Tauentzienstraße

Take a right onto Budapester Straße and ride for a long block until you come to Nürnberger Straße to the right. Turn right. At the next corner, turn right back onto Tauentzienstraße and ride to house number 8. You have reached your destination.