This cycling tour starts at Budapester Straße 2, directly in front of the Hotel Intercontinental. From the front of the hotel, ride to your left. Cross the Landwehrkanal and continue riding as the street turns into Stülerstraße. Ride for an additional two short blocks until you come to Hofjägerallee, where you will take a left into the Großer Tiergarten park. Ride straight ahead on Hofjägerallee until you come to the Siegessäule (Victory Column).
This column stands in the middle of Großer Stern, a busy roundabout. At the top of the column is the golden Victoria, nicknamed "Goldelse" by Berliners. The column was erected to celebrate the wars in the 1860s-1870s that led to German unification under Otto von Bismarck.
Insider-Tipp: Climbing the Victory Column
If you like, you might want to climb the 285 steps to the top of the Siegessäule and enjoy a panoramic view over the city.
Follow the roundabout to the second right and turn onto Spreeweg. On your left you will see the Bundespräsidentialamt (the office of the German President), followed shortly by Schloß Bellevue, the President's official residence. The palace and its garden are closed except for a few days of the year for security reasons.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Just before the bridge over the Spree, take a right onto John-Foster-Dulles Allee. Ride for about 700 metres along the Spree until you come to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), nicknamed by locals "the pregnant oyster". A convention centre until 1989, the building is now an international centre for the contemporary arts. Continue along John-Foster-Dulles-Allee.
Take a break on the terrace of this restaurant in Haus der Kulturen der Welt and enjoy a unique view of the Spree.
On the left, you will pass the Carillon, where carilloneur Jeffrey Bossin offers concerts on Sundays. Stay on John-Foster-Dulles-Allee for another 200 metres until the road curves to the left and becomes Scheidemannstraße. After crossing the next intersection, the Platz der Republik will be on your left.
Platz der Republik
The Platz der Republik (Republic Square) is in front of the Reichstag Building, the current seat of the German Bundestag. The square was laid out in the first third of the eighteenth century and has seen the many vicissitudes of German history. Continue riding to the front of the Reichstag.
The Reichstag, too, has seen much of Germany's turbulent history. Built in 1894, famously facing away from the Kaiser's centre of power further to the east, this building housed the German Reichstag (Parliament) through the loss of World War I, the turbulent post-war Weimar Republic and the rise of Adolf Hitler. The building was very badly damaged during the Second World War and was marooned in an isolated corner of West Berlin along the Wall during the country's division. Since reunification, the building has been restored and has been the seat of the German Bundestag since 1999.
Insider-Tipp: Feinkost Käfer Roof Garden Restaurant
This fine restaurant is a great place to take a refreshing break with some delicious food and drink and a unique panoramic view from the roof of the Reichstag. It's best to book a table in advance and be sure to bring your ID for the security checks to enter the building.
The Brandenburg Gate
Continue on the south side of the Reichstag and take a right onto Ebertstraße. In just a few metres, you will be in in front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's most famous landmark. The gate was built in 1791 and was once the western border of the city and was surrounded by the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989. What was once a symbol of German division now stands for German reunification. Continue on Ebertstraße to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Alight from your bicycle and lock it up and take the time to walk through this field of stelae, 2,711 concrete pillars. This is the only way to experience the unusual design of this unique memorial dedicated to the six million Jewish people killed in the Holocaust. Continue riding south (to the left) on Ebertstraße for about a block and take a right onto Lennéstraße.
Follow Lennéstraße along the southern edge of the Großer Tiergarten as the road becomes Tiergartenstraße. Continue riding on Tiergartenstraße and on the left you will pass many of the foreign embassies in Germany's capital. Some of the buildings are old and some are newly constructed, including some unusual buildings in the architectural style of the embassy's home country. After about 1.4 kilometres, you will cross Hofjägerallee and continue straight onto Stülerstraße. Take a right at the next corner onto Rauchstraße.
Café am Neuen See
Rauchstraße terminates at Drakestraße, where you will take a right and ride for two short blocks as the road curves to the left. Take a left onto Lichtensteinallee. On the right-hand side of the road is the Café am Neuen See with its beer garden, a nice place to take a break, especially in the summer.
Retrace your route back to Drakestraße, but continue past Rauchstraße to where the road runs into Corneliusstraße, where you will take a left. At the next corner, take a right over the Landwehrkanal bridge and you'll now be on Budapest Straße. At No. 2, you've reached your destination.