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Technikmuseum raisin bombers © iStock.com, Foto: Michael Fuery

Tour 36 - Cycling Tour of Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and Tempelhof

This tour begins at Rewari Hotel Berlin, Stresemannstraße 36. From the front of the hotel, ride to your right to the second corner and take a left onto Möckernstraße. On the corner you will see the ruins of Anhalter Bahnhof.

Anhalter Bahnhof

The Anhalter Bahnhof was one of Berlin's long-distance stations, but was severely damaged in the Second World War. As it lay directly on the border between East and West Berlin, long-distance trains no longer ran to the station and the concourse was demolished in 1959. The portico was left standing and has since stood as a war memorial. Continue riding down Möckernstraße and on the left you'll see the Tempodrom.

Tempodrom

The Tempodrom building looks like a tent, because this important venue started in 1980 in a disused green and yellow striped circus tent in the Tiergarten. The building stands 35 metres high and provides space for 4,000 people. Continue riding on Möckernstraße and cross the Landwehrkanal. On the right, you'll see the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

Deutsches Technikmuseum

One of the "raisin bombers" from the Berlin Airlift is attached to the façade of this museum of technology. For almost a year from 1948-1949, the Soviet army had cut off all supply routes to West Berlin, forcing the Allies to bring supplies in by aeroplane. The museum is in a large park and holds one of the largest historical collections of German technology. Cross the Spektrum car park to the Park am Gleisdreieck.

Park am Gleisdreieck

The park was opened in two stages in 2011 and 2013. The site was a wild wasteland for many years, used by the people of Berlin as a recreational area and by construction companies as a logistics area. Ride through the park to Yorckstraße, where you will take a left.

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Viktoriapark

Take a right at the next corner onto Katzbachstraße. At the next corner, cross diagonally to the left and enter Viktoriapark, centred on the Kreuzberg.

Kreuzberg

The Kreuzberg is 66 metres high and therefore the highest "mountain" in the city centre. Pedal or push your bike to the top. At its top are a national monument by ubiquitous Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and a sensational view over Berlin. The monument commemorates the victory in the wars of liberation against Napoleon. Also worth checking out is the artificial waterfall in the park. Leave the park on its eastern edge and turn right onto Methfesselstraße.

Dudenstraße

Stay on Methfesselstraße for one block until you come to Dudenstraße, where you will take a left. A few pedal strokes further and you'll be at the Tempelhofer Damm. Across the street, you will see the Airlift Memorial and the former Tempelhof Airport building.

Flughafen Tempelhof

Opened in 1923, Tempelhof Airport was one of the first commercial airports in Germany. The present buildings dates from the 1930s. Air traffic was discontinued in 2008. Since 2010, the 303-hectare former airfield is a public recreational area called Tempelhofer Freiheit.

Tempelhofer Freiheit

Cross Tempelhofer Damm, ride past the Airlift Memorial and continue straight onto Columbiadamm. After a few metres, you'll come to one of the ten entrances to the park. This is definitely a unique space in which to take a spin around. Enjoy the chance to ride around the wide-open expanse of the former airfield. When ready to move on, return to the entrance on the Columbiadamm and take a right. On Columbiadamm, head west (back towards the Airlift Memorial) and take a right onto Friesenstraße.

Bergmannstraße

Ride the five blocks down Friesenstraße until it runs into Marheinekeplatz. If you'd like, you can take a left here onto Bergmannstraße and enjoy the commercial heart of Kreuzberg, with countless shops, cafés and restaurants. The cycling tour continues to the right. Insider-Tipp: Marheineke Markthalle Take a stroll through this old-school market hall. Under the motto "organic - fresh - local", there are plenty of opportunities to taste some international delicacies from the rich gastronomic offerings.

Südstern

Ride along Bergmannstraße past the Werderscher Kirchhof cemetery until you come to the Südstern, a major roundabout. In the middle is the former garrison church, now used by a free church. Continue riding east around the church onto Hasenheide. After a long block of row houses, take a right into the Volkspark Hasenheide.

Volkspark Hasenheide

The park covers 50 hectares and is used for recreation. It was opened in 1678 as a rabbit warren and the founder of modern gymnastics, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, founded the first gymnasium in Prussia here in 1811. Ride through the park some and you'll come to a small zoo with camels. Once you've finished exploring the park, return to where you entered.

Graefestraße

Cross Hasenheide and head straight into Graefestraße, a commercial area with many small shops and restaurants. Ride for four long blocks until you come to the Planufer on the Landwehrkanal. Insider-Tipp: Lakritzmanufaktur Kadó Licorice fans will be in heaven if they stop at Graefestraße 20. You're sure to discover a new favourite among the 500 different varieties.

Admiralbrücke

Take a left onto Planufer and ride along the Landwehrkanal for a long block until you come to Admiralbrücke. Berliners and visitors both like to come here on warm summer evenings to end the day with a bit of relaxation by the water. Continue riding along the Landwehrkanal until you come to the Urbanhafen.

Urbanhafen

This was an important port in the city, closed in 1964. Today, only restaurant and excursion boats set anchor here. The most striking building is the tower of the Urbankrankenhaus (hospital). The green areas around the Urbanhafen have become popular recreational spots. Continue riding along the canal.

Insider-Tipp: Biergarten Brachvogel

Take a break in this shady beer garden with brunch, snacks and refreshing drinks If you like; you can even play a round of mini-golf.

Amerika Gedenkbibliothek

Continue riding along the canal, cross Zossener Straße and ride across the small park Head straight ahead to the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek, a library given by Americans after the Berlin Airlift. At this point, cross the canal and take a left onto Hallesches Ufer.

Stresemannstraße

Ride to the next corner and take a right onto Wilhelmstraße. You will pass the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party, one of Germany's main political parties. Take a left at the next intersection onto Stresemannstraße. Ride until you reach the end of the tour at no. 36.