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Kollwitzkiez in Berlin
Kollwitzkiez © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Touring across Berlin in summer

On foot, by bike, or on the water across Berlin

Want to enjoy summer in Berlin while learning about the capital? Then get to know this lively city on any of these relaxed and varied tours. A Berlin city tour for everyone.

...cycling around the Müggelsee

Bicycles are perfect for exploring Berlin. You can hire a bike from one of the numerous bike rental companies, then hit the roads and cycling trails across Berlin or into any of the city's many green areas. And when you need a break from the city, it's easy to get out into the countryside. Whether you aim for the nearest lake, the Brandenburg forests, or an idyllic country village, you quickly arrive at your destination. If you want to travel farther afield, you can take your bike on regional trains to a station in the adjacent region.

If you want to relax in Berlin in summer, choose a cycling tour around the Müggelsee. This city tour starts in the historic town of Köpenick, now a part of Berlin. From there, the route takes you a variety of landscapes with lots of peace and greenery in south-eastern Berlin. The 28 km route is an easy ride through mostly flat landscape. The Müggelberg and Kanonenberg are about 115 metres high, makig them the highest natural elevations in Berlin. The Müggelturm tower offer great views of into the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the baroque Köpenick Palace.

Müggelberge © visitBerlin, Foto: Verena Kneiske

You can find even more cycling tours on visitBerlin. We have put together over 50 tours in and around Berlinto help you explore the city centre, outlying neighbourhoods, and the surrounding region. By the way, many bike rental companies offer discounts with a Berlin Welcome Card.

... on foot through Berlin's districts

Does that sound like your kind of thing? If you want to discover Berlin on your own this summer, why not use our Going Local App. This will take you to various insider tips in the city's neighbourhoods and secret places in the centre

Whether it's the Luisenstadt Canal or sanatoriums in Beelitz, you can find further ideas for walks in and around Berlin here.

Boy in Berlin with a bike
Boy in Berlin with a bike © (c) visumate

...from the water

If you don't want a good workout especially on a hot summer day, you can still take an extremely pleasant tour of Berlin by boat. Children especially enjoy these and can help motivate their desire for further sightseeing. One of the most popular tours is the bridge tour, boarding from Märkisches Ufer, Hallesches Tor, or Kottbusser Brücke. Simply board the boat at one of several jetties and cruise in comfort past Berlin's main attractions. On the Spree, for example, the tour will pass then House of World Cultures, the Federal Chancellor's Office , and the government district. You'll also catch sight of Museum island, the Nikolai quarter, and Berlin Cathedral. This tour takes about three hours through the city centre. If you want to see even more, you can opt on a Havel cruise. A particularly romantic option in the summer is an evening bridge tour.

Night Spree Cruise through Berlin
Night Spree Cruise through Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel