This tour starts at the ECONTEL Hotel Berlin Charlottenburg on Sömmeringstraße. From the front of the hotel, head right and follow Sömmeringstraße until you reach Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee. Turn left and ride through Mierendorffplatz, continuing straight ahead onto Osnabrücker Straße until it ends at Tegeler Weg. On the right-hand side of the corner, you will see the State Court of Berlin, built in Neo-Romanesque style in the early 20th century.
Insider-Tip: canteen inside the courthouse
The canteen inside the courthouse offers a magnificent view of the palace gardens, the Grunewald, and the Teufelsberg. Take a left onto Tegeler Weg and enjoy the views of the River Spree and Charlottenburg Palace’s gardens.A stop at Tegeler Weg 100 is particularly worthwhile for all vinyl fans because Platten Pedro is one of the biggest used record shops in Germany. At the end of Tegeler Weg, turn right onto Schloßbrücke and cross the river.
If you’d like to take a break, you should check out the Brauhaus Lemke am Schloss on the other side of the square where you can enjoy a home-brewed beer and a hearty meal. Ride along Luisenplatz until you come to Spandauer Damm, where you will now see Charlottenburg Palace in all its splendour. A visit to Berlin’s biggest palace with its magnificent halls, precious porcelain collections, and high-calibre paintings is a must-see for any visitor to Berlin. Once done, cross Spandauer Damm and ride away from the palace on Schloßstraße. You will immediate see two domed buildings, one on each side of the boulevard. The one on the east (to your left) is home to the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection, a fascinating collection of surrealist painting. Meanwhile, the Museum Berggruen on the west side houses significant Modernist pieces by the likes of Klee, Matisse and Picasso. And right next-door is the Museum Bröhan, dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) period.
If you’d like to experience a bit of nature in Charlottenburg, you can instead turn right onto Bismarckstraße/Kaiserdamm for about five blocks until you come to Wundtstraße. Cross the street and come to Witzlebenplatz, where you’ll find the Lietzensee, one of the most popular destinations of Charlottenburg. When you want to return to the route, just ride back along Kaiserdamm and Bismarckstraße the way you came. On Bismarckstraße at the corner of Krumme Straße, you will pass one of Berlin’s three opera houses of Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Continue riding until you come to the major roundabout at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. On the right side you will pass the Schiller Theater. Follow the Ernst-Reuter-Platz with its large roundabout about two-thirds of the way around and continue onto Marchstraße.
After you cross the Landwehr Canal, the street will now be called Franklinstraße. Ride until you come to the corner of Helmholtzstraße. Cross the intersection and alongside the Scheidt building enter the pedestrian-bike path along the River Spree to the left. Follow the path along the Spree until it ends at Dovestraße, where you will turn right. Cross the Landwehr Canal again on the Dovebrücke and take an immediate right onto the path along the Spree. The second bridge over the Spree that you will pass is the Siemenssteg, a metal footbridge over the Spree dating to 1900. The next bridge over the Spree will be the Caprivibrücke, which you will pass under and then take a sharp left. Once you come back up to street level, turn left onto Wintersteinstraße and cross the Caprivibrücke that you just rode under.
Tip: The CapRivi beer garden
Charlottenburg’s only riverside beer garden, is a perfect place to relax after the tour. In one long block along Sömmeringstraße, you will once again be at ECONTEL Hotel Berlin Charlottenburg.