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Work of art in front of German Chancellery
Work of art in front of German Chancellery © visitBerlin, Foto: Artfully Media, Sven Christian Schramm

Tour 40 - Fahrradtour durch Tiergarten

This cycling tour begins at the Jugendgästehaus Hauptbahnhof at Lehrter Straße 68. From the front door, ride to the right. At the next corner, cross Invalidenstraße and continue riding straight ahead under the rail tracks. The street will become Clara-Jeschke-Straße and then Bertha-Benz-Straße as it curves to the left.

Government Quarter

At the next corner, take a right onto Katharina-Paulus-Straße. Ride to the next corner and take a left onto Alt-Moabit. Cross the River Spree on the Moltkebrücke, straight ahead.

Moltkebrücke

The Moltkebrücke was completed in 1891. The stone bridge is named after Helmuth von Moltke, the chief of staff of the Prussian army for thirty years. Take time to enjoy the beautiful decorative elements on the bridge and cross the river. Continue straight ahead.

Bundeskanzleramt

To your right, you will see the post-modern building that has served as one of the two offices of the German Chancellor since 2001.

Platz der Republik

Continue as the street becomes Willy-Brandt-Straße and cross the square between the Bundeskanzleramt and Paul-Löbe-Haus. Straight ahead is the open green field of Platz der Republik, the lawn in front of the Reichstag, the German parliament building. As a result, this square has often been used for gatherings and has been the scene of important historical events. For example, Ernst Reuter, the first post-war mayor of West Berlin gave a famous speech on this lawn calling attention to the Soviet blockade of the city in 1948. Continue riding to the Reichstag, straight ahead to the east.

Reichstag

The Reichstag is now the seat of the German Bundestag. Originally built in 1894, the structure was severely damaged during the Second World War and was only fully restored after German reunification. The Reichstag is now topped with a new glass dome and has once again become one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin.

Wilhelmstraße

Ride along the right side of the Reichstag straight onto Dorotheenstraße. At the next corner, take a right onto Wilhelmstraße and ride for a block until you come to Unter den Linden. Turn right and you will be right in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate was completed in 1791. It is topped by the Quadriga, a horse-drawn chariot helmed by Victoria, the goddess of victory. For almost three decades, the Brandenburg Gate was caught in the middle of no-man's land between the two sides of the Berlin Wall. Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, it symbolises a reunified Germany. Ride through the gate to its western side and then head left onto Ebertstraße. After a block, you will come upon the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on your left.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Alight from your bicycle, lock it up and walk through the field of stelae. After you've completed your tour, retrace your route on Ebertstraße past the Brandenburg Gate and to the Reichstag straight ahead. Take a left onto Scheidemannstraße.

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee

Ride along the southern edge of the Platz der Republik on Scheidemannstraße. Cross the next major intersection and continue as the road curves to the left and becomes Hohn Foster Dulles-Allee. You will pass the black bell tower housing a carillon. Carilloneur Jeffrey Bossin offers live concerts here every Sunday. To your right, you will see the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

This striking building was built in 1957 as the convention centre for West Berlin. Nicknamed the "pregnant oyster" by locals, the building is now home to the "House of World Cultures", an institution devoted to international contemporary arts.

Tiergarten

Ride a little further on John-Foster-Dulles-Allee and then head left into the Tiergarten on the marked path. Ride to the south-west through this large park which serves as the green lung of the city centre. When you come to Straße des 17. Juni, take a right and ride until you come to the Siegessäule (Victory Column).

Siegessäule

This victory column is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks, standing in the middle of a large roundabout called "Großer Stern". At the top of the column is the golden Victoria, nicknamed "Goldelse" by Berliners.

Englischer Garten

Ride around the roundabout to your right, cross Spreeweg and then turn right onto the marked path. Continue riding through the park until you come to a t-intersection. Take a left and then the second right until you come to the Englischer Garten.

Tea House

The Englischer Garten is a section of the Tiergarten that was designed after an English garden after World War II. In its centre is the tea house, which is a fine place to enjoy delicious food and a refreshing cup of tea (or other drinks). Free open-air concerts are given here in the summer. Make your way back on the path.

Spreeweg

At the next corner, turn left and continue straight until you come to the Spreeweg. Turn left. To your left is Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the German President. Continue riding straight ahead and cross the Spree.

Paulstraße

The road is now called Paulstraße. Ride for a block and take a right onto Lüneburger Straße. Ride for two long blocks along the elevated tracks and cross Alt-Moabit. On the other side of Alt-Moabit, continue slightly to the right on Emma-Herwegh-Straße.

Lehrter Straße

Ride another block along the tracks. Take a left onto Clara-Jeschke-Straße, cross Invalidenstraße and continue on Lehrter Straße, until you come to No. 68. And you're now at the end of the tour.