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Reichstag & Goverment district Berlin
Reichstag & Goverment district © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tour 46 - Cycling Tour through Berlins Government Quarter

This tour begins at Platz vor dem neuen Tor 6 at the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte. Ride across the square to Luisenstraße (which runs through the middle of the square) and take a right. Ride for about 700 metres until you come to Reinhardstraße, where you will take a right. In about two blocks, you will cross the Spree and continue straight ahead onto Konrad-Adenauer-Straße.

Bundeskanzleramt

In a block, follow as the road merges onto Otto-von-Bismarck-Straße. Straight ahead is the Bundeskanzleramt, a post-modern building that holds the offices of the German chancellor. This is part of a new campus of federal government buildings which includes the Kanzlerpark, the planned Bürgerforum), Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. Take a left onto Paul-Löbe-Allee towards the Reichstag building.

Reichstagsgebäude

Since 1999, the Reichstag has been the seat of the German Bundestag. Built in 1894, it was heavily damaged by the 1933 fire used by Hitler to solidify his hold on power and by bombing in the subsequent World War. During the years of German division, it was in an isolated corner of West Berlin, backing up to the Berlin Wall and largely in disuse. In 1999, the building was reopened when its distinctive glass dome by British architect Sir Norman Foster was completed.

Insider-Tipp: Käfer Roof Garden Restaurant

Enjoy a breath-taking view of the city and delicious German specialities in this restaurant located inside the Reichstag. Note: You need to book your visit to the Reichstag in advance and bring a valid ID!

The Brandenburg Gate

Ride around the rear of the Reichstag building on Friedrich-Ebert-Platz and continue straight ahead onto Ebertstraße. Straight ahead is the left flank of the Brandenburg Gate. Take the opportunity to ride through this famous symbol of German reunification, which is only open to bicycle or foot traffic. Head back to Ebertstraße on the western side of the gate and continue heading south (left from the gate).

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

In about another block, you will come upon the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on the left. The Holocaust Memorial commemorates the six million Jewish people who were killed in the Holocaust. Lock your bikes up and take some time to walk through this impressive memorial.

Friedrichstraße

At the southern edge of the Holocaust Memorial, take a left onto Hannah-Arendt-Straße. Ride on this street for three blocks, when the street becomes Französische Straße. Continue riding straight for another two blocks until you come to Friedrichstraße, where you will take a left. This is one of Berlin's most famous streets, home to fine dining and luxurious shopping. Ride two blocks to the north until you come to Unter den Linden, where you will take a right.

Tour map

Unter den Linden

Ride along this magnificent boulevard with all of its historical buildings on both sides of the street: you will pass the Humboldt University, the Neue Wache memorial to the victims of Fascism, the Staatsoper, the Kronzprinzenpalais and the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum). Cross the river Spree. To your right is Schloßplatz, site of the former imperial city palace that is in the process of being rebuilt. On the left, the imposing church is the Berliner Dom.

Berliner Dom

This cathedral was opened in 1905 and is the largest church in Berlin. The church interior, the magnificent dome and the crypt of the imperial Hohenzollern family are sights definitely worth seeing. You should also definitely climb the 270 steps to the dome walk, where you will be rewarded with a spectacular view over the city and the Museum Island.

Museumsinsel

In front of the cathedral is the open square called Am Lustgarten, the former palace gardens. Ride to your right until you come to Bodestraße. Straight ahead is the half of the "Museum Island" with its famous museums that together make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Straight ahead is the Altes Museum. Behind it are the Pergamon Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Bode-Museum – every museum is worth a visit. Take a right onto Burgstraße and cross the other arm of the Spree and then follow Burgstraße as it curves to the left.

Hackescher Markt

Ride on Burgstraße until you cross under the S-Bahn tracks, take a right onto Große Präsidentenstraße and straight ahead is the Hackescher Markt square. Cross the square and continue heading north at the pedestrian crossing onto Rosenthaler Straße. Directly opposite are the Hackesche Höfe.

Hackesche Höfe

The Hackesche Höfe are a complex of eight buildings with eight courtyards that opened in 1906. The buildings are worth visiting on their own merits, but they also house 40 businesses, cultural institutions and homes. The numerous cafés and restaurants invite you to take a break. Return back to Hackescher Markt and take a right as the road curves onto Oranienburger Straße.

Oranienburger Straße

Ride straight ahead. On your left, you will pass the Monbijoupark, where you might like to take a breather. Located in the park is the Monbijou kiddie pool, open in the summer months. Oranienburger Straße is a very popular area for nightlife with many cafés and restaurants. As you continue riding along, you'll see the massive golden dome of the New Synagogue (New Synagogue).

Neue Synagoge

The Neue Synagoge was built in 1866 by architects Friedrich August Stiller and Eduard Knobloch. In 1938, a brave police officer prevented the synagogue from being set ablaze on Kristallnacht. The building was badly damaged in the Second World War and was restored only in 1994. Continue riding on Oranienburger Straße until it ends at Friedrichstraße, where you'll take a right.

Chausseestraße

Cross Torstraße and continue straight ahead onto Chauseestraße. Ride for three long blocks on Chauseestraße until you come to Invalidenstraße, where you will take a left. In another long block, you will come back to Platz vor dem neuen Tor on the left. At No. 6, you've reached your destination.

With friendly support of Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte.