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Tour 31 - Cycling Tour of Moabit and Mitte

This cycling tour begins at the Best Western Premier Hotel Moa, at Stephanstraße 41. Head left from the front door of the hotel to the major intersection at corner. Head south (to your left) onto Stromstraße and ride two blocks until you reach Turmstraße, where you will take another left.

Tiergarten Courthouse

Ride for about four blocks along Turmstraße until you come to no. 91 on the right. You are now standing in front of the imposing building of the Moabit Criminal Court, one of the largest criminal courts in Europe. The building was erected in 1882. Make your way back along Turmstraße to the next corner and take a left onto Wilsnacker Straße.

St. Johannis Church

Ride along Wilsnacker Straße for one block and then take a right onto Alt Moabit. In just a few metres to your right, you will see St. Johannis Church built by Prussia's most famous architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, in 1835. Continue on Alt Moabit along the park known as the Kleiner Tiergarten for just under a kilometre until you come to Thusnelda-Allee, where you will take a right.

Arminiusmarkthalle

Thusnelda-Allee is just one short block long. Cross Turmstraße and continue straight onto Jonassstraße. Ride one block and take a left onto Arminiusstraße, where on the right you will see the Arminiusmarkthalle, built in 1891. This was one of what was once 14 covered market halls in Berlin. Today, the market is called "Zunfthalle" ("Guild Hall") and serves as a place for regional produce, manufactured products, arts and culture. Insider-Tipp: Arminiusmarkthalle If you'd like to grab a bite, then take a look inside the Arminiusmarkthalle— there's plenty of delicious food and refreshing beverages available.

Oldenburger Straße

Continue to ride down Arminiusstraße to the next corner and take a left onto Bremer Straße. Ride down the block back to Turmstraße, where you will take a right. Ride one block down Turmstraße and take a right onto Oldenburger Straße. About halfway down the block, you'll see the Dominican monastery of St. Paulus.

Dominikanerkloster St. Paulus

St. Paulus is an active monastery in the middle of the city. The red brick building was built in 1893 in the Gothic Revival style. After enjoying the view, ride back to Turmstraße and take a right. Ride along Turmstraße. After three blocks, the street will become Huttenstraße. Continue riding for another couple of blocks until you come to no. 12-19.

AEG Turbine Factory

This is the AEG turbine factory, built in 1909 by architect Peter Behrens and considered one of the most famous industrial buildings in Berlin. Ride back along Huttenstraße and continue riding straight as it turns into Turmstraße. Ride until Turmstraße terminates at Rathenower Straße. Turn right.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Ride to Alt-Moabit, the next major intersection, and take a left. Take an immediate left onto Invalidenstraße. In about 500 metres, you will see the Berliner Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) on your right. It was opened in 2006 as the largest grade-separated station in Europe. This means that two intersecting rail lines arrive at the station at two different levels. Continue riding for another 300 metres until you come to the Hamburger Bahnhof building on the left.

Hamburger Bahnhof

The Hamburger Bahnhof was the terminus for the rail line between Berlin and Hamburg, but was decommissioned in 1884. Since 1996, the neoclassical building has housed the Museum der Gegenwart with its extensive permanent collection of contemporary art (Christian Flick Collection) and interesting temporary exhibitions.

Invalidenstraße

Cross the Berlin-Spandau shipping channel and take an immediate right onto Alexanderufer. Ride until the street terminates onto Kapelle-Ufer. Take a right and ride along the Spree, crossing the channel again as the road is renamed Rahel-Hirsch-Straße. Follow the curve of the river and take a left onto the Moltkebrücke to cross the Spree.

Bundeskanzleramt

On the other side of the river, the street is now called Willy-Brandt-Straße after the German chancellor who served from 1969-1974. On the right-hand side is the Bundeskanzleramt, the official offices of the German chancellor. Ride along the front of the building and take a right and continue to follow the perimeter of the office complex, until you come to Große Querallee, where you will take a left.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Take the next turn to the right where you will see the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Built in the 1950s as a convention centre and nicknamed the "pregnant oyster" by locals, the building is now a centre for contemporary arts. Ride past the building until you come to John-Foster-Dulles-Allee and take a right.

Schloss Bellevue

Stay on this street as it passes along the Spree until you come to Spreeweg in about one kilometre. Cross Spreeweg and take a look at Schloß Bellevue, built in 1786 and now the official residence of the German President. Go to the right of the palace grounds and take a left onto the Bellevue-Ufer bicycle path just before the bridge over the Spree.

Insider-Tipp: Konditorei Buchwald

Continue riding along the Spree for about 500 metres until you come to Bartningallee. Just to your left is no. 29 is the confectionery and bakery shop that once served Prussian kings and German emperors, in business since 1852.

Gerickesteg

After enjoying your break, ride back along the Spree for a couple of hundred of metres and cross the Spree on the Gerickesteg (just before the S-Bahn tracks), one of the most beautiful bridges in Moabit. After crossing the river, take a left onto Helgoländer Ufer. Ride two more blocks along the Spree and then take a right onto Kirchstraße. Ride along this street for one long block until you come to Alt-Moabit, where you will take a left.

Stephanstraße

Ride for three blocks on Alt-Moabit along the Kleiner Tiergarten until you come back to Stromstraße. Take a right. At this point, you are retracing your path along Stromstraße. Ride for about 700 metres until you come to the intersection with Birckenstraße. Cross that and then take an immediate right onto Stephanstraße. Ride to no. 41. And you're now at the end of the tour.