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Tips for bike tours in Berlin

Tips for bike tours in Berlin

Berlin’s First Love

In the German capital, cycling is more than just a passion or a hobby. It is more than life as people of the city love to cycle. While there are many forms of transport in Berlin, cycling is one of the most important means as cyclists form more than 15% of total traffic in 2019. This is due to the fact that the German capital has developed a magnificent infrastructure and it is reported that one of two Berliners, owns a bicycle. There are more than one million residents in Berlin which makes it one of the largest cycling communities of the world. Moreover, the city promotes cycling with fewer restrictions and the biggest evidence of it is that riders can carry their bicycles with them on public transport, although they would need to buy their cycle a ticket. Berlin is a historic city and you could live through history by traveling around the German capital. So why wait? Grab a cycle and take a tour through the German capital’s illustrious history by cycling from the former Berlin Wall to many parts of the city. To make sure you have no problems cycling around the city, we bring you some important tips and routes to make your experience a memorable one.

Important Tracks and Tips

Spree round

The Spree tour starts in Erkner and leads along the Spree across meadows and pastures while you past alongside lakes enjoying a great view of nature. The highlight of this track is the Mönchwinkel bivouac, a small bivouac directly on the Spree. Moreover, you will also witness the beautiful meadow view throughout your route.  Always remember to take a touring bike on this route to keep your cycling experience comfortable

Around the Schwielowsee

This track is one of the finest in Germany, grab your road bike and race along the water as you cycle past the hilly west bank of the Schwielowsees. However, this track is quite long so always remember to keep refreshment.

3rd sightseeing round

This track is quite popular among the tourists as along the way you will find a lot of monuments. A normal would be fine for this route as you will witness Past the Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral. Moreover, you will also pass the Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial among any other historic sights.

Berlin-Copenhagen bike path

This bike route begins from the Oranienburg S-Bahn station. The cyclists make their way past the Berlin-Copenhagen bike path along with the Voss Canal, through the forest to the train station in Templin. The most suitable bike for this track is a touring bike; however, you could also opt for a racing bike.

Karower See

This route starts from Mitte, usually in the evening; which is a perfect time to witness the beauty of nature. The highlight of this track is the Malchower See, a calm and mesmerizing lake with several small banks, ponds, and the Niederschönhausen castle park. A city bike will be perfect for this route.

Grunewald round

This track is relatively short but it is rank among the best routes of the city as it leads you around the Grunewald forest are. If you like to swim then this track is perfect for you as the track offers numerous opportunities for swimming. So keep your swimming trunks with you! Highlights of this track include the Teufelssee, the Wannsee and the Lieper Bucht bathing beach with the finest sand. Don’t travel on a racing bike as this track is made for normal bikes.

Doeberitzer Heide

Despite being sandy, this circuit runs through the nature reserve, Döberitzer Heide, situated in the west of the city. Mountain bikes are preferable at this track for a smooth experience and if it is your lucky day then, you will witness the bison or Przewalski horses along the way.

Single trails in the Grunewald

The locality of Grunewald has become quite famous with the city’s cyclists due to the number of single trails it offers, hence, you should not waste any time and grab your mountain bike to travel through all the single trails of Grunewald. The highlight is the trail on Lake Pechsee.

From Biesenthal to Finowfurt

This cycling tour starts from Oranienburg and the riders usually have to travel via bike paths and small roads passing along several lakes and loads of nature. A beautiful forest path leads from Biesenthal to Finowfurt, briefly interrupted by old German cobblestones when crossing the motorway.

100 kilometers

This is one of the most demanding tracks of the city due to the distance of the tour. This tour starts from the east of Berlin. Firstly, the cyclist travels out of the city on the Kiefholzstraße and then on bike paths and small streets through Schöneiche and Strausberg. The highlight of this track is the route across the fields at Mehrow. A road bike would be the most suitable option during this tour.

Berlin Wall bike tour

The Berlin Wall bike tour is a famous track that pleases almost all cyclists. Such is the popularity of the track that 8 out of 10 Berliners have ridden the Berlin Wall at least once in their lifetime. The famous tour starts from the East Side Gallery through the Potsdamer Platz and the track reaches its conclusion on the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse.

Bike tour to the Berlin Wall Memorial

If you love history, then what better way to explore the historic capital of Germany on a bike with a local escort? To live such an experience, you need to take a bike tour through the, now, former East Berlin. Before reaching the Berlin Wall Memorial, you will witness the sight of many important spots which include Mauerpark, Eberswalder Straße, Hackesche Höfe among many more.

Jewish Life bike tour in Mitte

This track will teach you a lot about Jewish life in Berlin Mitte. The tour starts from Rosenthaler Platz and ends at Weinbergspark, with the cyclists passing the New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery along the track.