Berlin by bike

A fascinating journey through the history of the German capital, passing through some of the most important monuments of the city in less than 10km
  • Travelling time: 30m (plus the time to visit the monuments)

  • Difficulty: Family

  • Why we love it: Because we discover the history of the city in a few kilometers, because cycling in belling is really a delight

  • Length: 8 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 0 m

  • Way to travel: by bike

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: You like the guided tours? You don't have to give up the pleasure of cycling. In Berlin there are several tour operators who organize tours in English through the main monuments by bike.

Map of the itinerary
Map of the itinerary

Once you arrive in Berlin you will notice the impressive number of bike: every day 400,000 bikers explore the 160km of cycle-path that the city offers. Good signs, safety, traffic lights with light signal restricted to cyclists and virtually all plain: a paradise for those who love cycling. And so it becomes possible, pleasant and fun discovering this wonderful city on two wheels. You can choose to take the bike with you on the train, or more comfortably, you can rent it or use the city bike sharing service Call a Bike.

Our itinerary takes you to discover the heart of the city, starting from the Zoo of Berlin, in BudapesterStraße. We head to the Landwehr Canal, after which we continue on Stülerstraße. After 350m, turn left and take the Hofjägerallee that takes you into the wonderful city park, the Tiergarten. Arriving at the roundabout of the Victory Column, one of the most famous monuments of Berlin, take the second exit, the Spreeweg that takes you to the Spree River.

Victory Column at night
Victory Column, photo by Thomas Wensing via Flickr

 

Before the bridge turn right to bike along the river, staying inside the park. After about 700 meters you can stop to visit the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), famous and extraordinary Berlin building and stage for performances and cultural exhibitions.

 

Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt
Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, photo by Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr

We continue until we arrive in Platz der Republik, to our left. You are in the government district and immediately next to the square there’s the Reichstag, the German parliament. Shortly after the building turn right.

 

German parliament
German parliament, photo by Jonathan via Flickr

To your left you'll see the Brandenburg Gate, but continue on Ebertstraße until you get to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, touching place of memory of the Holocaust

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,, photo by Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr

Back to the iconic landmark of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate. During the Cold War, it represented the division of the two cities, now has become the door of the reunited Germany.

Brandenburg Gate at night
Brandenburg Gate, photo by Max Patzig via Flickr

Cross it and you find yourself on the famous Unter den Linden, the avenue under the lime trees. The most famous street of the city is the perfect spot for a break, in one of the many bars, for an aperitif.

 

Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden, photo by visitBerlin via Flickr

alk the entire avenue and then straight up to the destination. To your right, between Kupfergraben canal and the Spree river, you will encounter the Museum Island, one of the most beautiful and important museum complexes in the world with 5 must-see museums.

So you arrive in Alexanderplatz where your tour of Berlin by bike ends. The most famous square of the city and tied to its history is dominated by the famous TV tower, the tallest building in the city. Between the Fountain of friendship between peoples, modern buildings and the World Clock that rotates continuously showing the time in different parts of the world, the place is a lively modern transit junction and shopping area.

 

Alexanderplatz, photo by Loïc Lagarde via Flickr

 

 

Cover image: photo by Christopher Michel via Flickr

Author: Chiara Marras

 

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