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Photo: View of the Berlin City West with the Bikini Berlin
View of the Berlin City West with the Bikini Berlin © (c) visumate

Tour 45 - A Cycling Tour of Charlottenburg

This tour starts at Lietzenburger Straße 89a at the Adagio Berlin. Cross to the other side of Lietzenburger Straße and continue straight onto Knesebeckstraße., In a block you will come to Kurfürstendamm, where you'll take a right.

Kurfürstendamm

The Kurfürstendamm is one of Berlin's most famous streets., It was laid out as a riding path as early as 1542. During World War II this exclusive shopping street was badly damaged, but was rebuilt during the 1950s as the commercial hub of West Berlin. Ride for about four blocks until you come to Breitscheidplatz.

Breitscheidplatz

Breitscheidplatz is a good place to take your first break. In summer, you might especially enjoy the Weltkugelbrunnen, built in 1983 by sculptor Joachim Schmettau. Also well worth seeing is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

Built in 1895 and named in memory of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the church was heavily damaged by bombing in November 1943. Today, the ruins remain as a war memorial and a new church tower designed by architect Egon Eiermann stands next to it. Continue on Kurfürstendamm as it curves to the right, becomes Tauentizenstraße and makes its way to Wittenbergplatz.

Wittenbergplatz

This square was laid out in 1889 and a striking entrance to the U-Bahn is located in the middle of the square. To your right, is KaDeWe, a department store that is a sight worth seeing itself.

Kaufhaus des Westens

KaDeWe is one of the largest department stores in Europe. If you'd like to pick up a snack for later in the ride, you should definitely check out the gourmet floor. Here you can find fresh treats from all over the world. Head right (to the south) from KaDeWe onto Ansbacher Straße.

Ansbacher Straße

Stay on Ansbacher Straße for 850 metres. You will cross Lietzenburger Straße. Once you cross Hohenstauffenstraße, continue straight onto Landshuter Straße. Ride for another 600 metres until you come to Bayerischer Platz.

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Bayerischer Platz

Bayerischer Platz was laid out in 1908. The square and the surrounding neighbourhood with streets named after Bavarian towns were home to many artists and intellectuals such as Erich Fromm, Gottfried Benn and Albert Einstein. Cross Grunewaldstraße and then head to the southeast onto Salzburger Straße. In about 400 metres, you will come upon the Rathaus Schöneberg straight ahead. Ride around to the east side of the building.

Rathaus Schöneberg

The Rathaus Schöneberg was built in 1914 and, during the division of Germany, was the seat of the governing mayor of West Berlin. The Freedom Bell has hung in its tower since 1950 and it is rung every day at 12 noon. This was also the site of President John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in June 1963. Ride in front of the Rathaus and then take a right onto Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße.

Volkspark Schöneberg

On your left is the Volkspark Schöneberg. This park is only 150 metres wide, but 2.5 km long. Ride for three blocks until the street makes a sharp turn to the right. Continue riding straight into the park. Stay on the park trails until you can cross busy Bundesallee at the bridge. Continue into the Volkspark Wilmersdorf on the other side of Bundesallee.

Uhlandstraße

At the far side of the park, you will come to Uhlandstraße. Take a left and then take an immediate right onto Blissestraße. In two blocks, you will cross Berliner Straße and then continue straight onto Brandenburgische Straße. Stay on this street for three blocks until you come to Fehrbelliner Platz.

Fehrbelliner Platz

Fehrbelliner Platz was created in the 1930s and is a heavy traffic intersection nowadays. Particularly striking are the red entrance pavilions to the U-Bahn from the 1970s. On Saturdays and Sundays, a popular art and flea market takes place on the square. Take a right onto Hohenzollerndamm and then an immediate left onto Württembergische Straße.

Insider-Tipp: Thaipark

If you like Thai food, you will love Thaipark. Every Sunday, Thais in Berlin gather in Preussenpark, eat together and offer home-cooked Thai food.

Olivaer Platz

Stay on Württembergische Straße for just over a kilometre until you come to Olivaer Platz. You might enjoy a nice break in one of the many street cafés in the area. Take a right onto Lietzenburger Straße. At No. 89a, you've reached your destination.