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Nature and the city – discover the green side of Berlin

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Nature and the city – discover the green side of Berlin

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A city full of surprises and contrasts, Berlin is hard to describe. Berlin is bustling, colourful and has a very special charm. The city is a lively metropolis with unique neighbourhood life, yet it also hides a surprising number of peaceful oases and nature. You can experience adventure and relaxation at the same time with us on 11 Tours. Spread out across the city, the routes take you to parks, gardens and forests. Take a breather at one of the beautiful lakeshores and learn something new about Berlin’s history and culture as you ride your bike from your neighbour straight into nature.

You will find plenty of sightseeing a lush green in the capital’s centre. The famous Kurfürstendamm avenue, the Brandenburg Gate, the modern Potsdamer Platz and charming neighbourhood culture – there’s a lot to see and do. With a hearty helping of forests and lakes en route, the Tours through the city are wonderful and varied. In northwestern Reinickendorf, the cherry tree blossom paints the streets pink in springtime. You cycle from one beautiful park to the next or around the gorgeous Tegeler See lake which has lots of pretty swimming spots.

On the outskirts of the districts of Pankow, Treptow-Köpenick, Spandau and Tempelhof-Schöneberg, you can look forward to romantic fields, dense forests of fragrant pines and quaint streams. Just follow the Berlin Wall Trail, dive into the idyllic Wuhletal or the Spandauer Forest. On hot summer days, you can visit Berlin’s coldest spot, the Eiskeller, a former exclave of West Berlin in Spandau.

All Tours start and end either centrally or at one of the easily accessible S-Bahn stations. You can cycle them with your family and, if you want even more distance and adventure, you can also combine some of them together. There’s more information in the Tour descriptions. Now it’s just up to you when you decide to discover Berlin’s diversity from your saddle.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:40
    6.46 mi
    9.7 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right in the heart of Berlin, this relaxed round tour awaits you with a good portion of sightseeing, a good shot of history and a lot of nature along the way. And by the way you can stop off in the best Berlin way.It starts at the Steigenberger Hotel and you have already arrived in the western center of the capital. Still proud, but not hiding the ravages of time, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church rises in front of you - a memorial against the war and a symbol of the city. Just a few steps further you will arrive at the Berlin Zoo. The short distance allows you a flying visit to the most biodiverse zoo in the world with more than 17,000 animals.Past the zoo area, you cycle over the Landwehr Canal past the rustic Schleusenkrug. At the lock passage you get nice beer and small snacks. If you like it a little more upscale and with a Bavarian touch, just roll on to the Café am Neuen See. With an unbelievable amount of green on all sides, you cross the zoo to the Victory Column, which is already visible from afar and which stretches majestically into the sky.The tree-lined Straße des 17. Juni continues to other Berlin highlights from very different eras: the famous Brandenburg Gate and the modern Potsdamer Platz with its modern glass fronts. You cross the Landwehr Canal again and cycle along busy roads back to the starting point of the varied tour.

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    Easy
    01:07
    11.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A wild and romantic meadow landscape, ponds shaped by the Ice Age and greenery as far as the eye can see. Doesn't that sound like Berlin? And yet on this tour you are in the very northeast of the lively capital. For a good 18 kilometers you will explore the diverse district of Lichtenberg in all its colors and shades.The starting point is Genslerstrasse in the Hohenschönhausen district. As soon as you started north, it turns unexpectedly green. The popular Oberseepark with its lakes and the well-hidden nature reserve Fauler See, in which you are surrounded by a wonderful silence, open up in front of you. Once to the right, once to the left and you've already arrived at the gates of the city. Wide fields and calm waters adorn the Malchow meadow landscape and the Falkenberger Luch that follows.Romantic wooden benches beckon you to take a rest and let you switch off from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Berlin? Is that really around the corner? Past the Falkenberger Krugwiesen you cycle slowly back to civilization and you will soon have reached the end of the round.

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  • Difficult
    01:28
    13.0 mi
    8.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In addition to beautiful nature and refreshing waters, this high-contrast tour takes you to nine places of German contemporary history in the former eastern part of Berlin. From the banks of the Spree you cycle to memorials of the inner German division and impressive churches, which were meeting points of opposition actors.The starting point is the Rummelsburg S-Bahn station. Just a few steps and the glittering Spree spreads out in front of you. On the Zillerpromenade and the Bolleufer you follow the silhouette of the Rummelsburger Bucht. Enjoy the view again, because then it will be urban. The path leads you over some railway lines, then a longer stay at the former Stasi headquarters, which is now a place of reconnaissance, is worthwhile.Further north you cross the lively Landsberger Allee and can look forward to the next piece of green. How about a break in Ernst-Thälmann-Park with its pretty Kiezteich? From there it goes on to the impressive Zionskirche and the Hirschhof. The beautiful green area is still relatively new and was a popular meeting place for artists and intellectuals during the GDR. Your journey ends just a few kilometers further at the Nordhof S-Bahn station.

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    Easy
    01:11
    11.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The wheel of the old post mill rattles comfortably next to small historic villages and manor houses - hardly imaginable, but still a reality in the Marzahn-Hellerdorf district, which is otherwise known for its prefabricated buildings that can be seen from afar. Get on your saddle and explore the rural-village area on this varied tour, which is skilfully hidden between traffic hubs and business parks.At the Mahlsdorf S-Bahn station you get on your bike and cycle along Hönower Straße, out of the city and towards the Berlin balcony. This small but clearly visible slope is a relic of the last ice age. With a height difference of up to 15 meters, the border between the Barnim plateau and the Berlin glacial valley becomes clear. We continue to the Kaulsdorf lakes. A cool bath is not allowed, but a break in the shade of the trees is.Rolling past the Biesdorfer Höhe, you arrive at the Biesdorf Castle Park with its architecturally unique castle. If you like, you can have a coffee here. For a short distance you follow the S-Bahn tracks, then the course of the leisurely flowing Wuhle. The Kienberg on your left is not only worth seeing because of its slope beds. Probably the shortest cable car in the world also leads up to the hill here.After a short detour through Hellersdorf, turn off towards Marzahn. The village center of Alt-Marzahn transports you to another time and enchants you with its beautiful post mill. A place to slow down and yet so close to the hustle and bustle of the big city. From here it is only a stone's throw to the end of the tour at the Marzahn S-Bahn station.

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    Difficult
    01:09
    10.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In the heart of Reinickendorf, lush greenery and shimmering water await you on this family-friendly tour. For about 17 kilometers you circle the extensive Tegeler See with its inviting bathing bay. If you want a little more of everything, you can easily combine this tour with tour 6 to the west or 7 to the east.At the S-Bahn station Tegel you get on your saddle and very soon you will leave the last houses behind you. It goes into the fragrant Tegel forest. Especially in the hot summer months, soothing shade and lush green mixed forest welcomes you here. On the riverside path you roll relaxed past the edge of the Tegeler See. Why not take off your shoes and put your feet in the cool water?With the ferry you cross over the Havel and to Spandau. Just a few kilometers and you leave the district again via the Berlin-Spandauer-Schiffahrtskanal. You cycle comfortably along the east bank of the Tegeler See. Passing rowing and sailing boats make the almost maritime idyll perfect.At the Borsighafen the circle slowly closes and you roll back into civilization to the starting point of the tour - a detour to the Greenwich Promenade with its numerous wild geese is definitely worthwhile at the end.

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    Easy
    01:24
    14.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Via Eiswerder to Eiskeller and at the end a delicious sundae - the Spandau district enchants not only with its wide riverside and deep forests, but also with an incomparable selection of homemade ice cream, which is known far beyond the district. But before you treat these balls to more balls than might be good for you, you will first cycle. By the way, for a larger round you can combine this tour with Tour 5, which takes you further east.From the Spandau S-Bahn station you start to the shore of the Spandauer See, where the Havel widens. You roll over a bridge to the island of Eiswerder and have a beautiful view of the old walls of the citadel. Crossed the Havel twice more and it goes back along the bank on the Spandau side. At the Bürgerablage you turn into the depths of the Spandau Forest.The historic Berlin Wall Trail leads you on both sides through densely wooded terrain to the idyllic Laßzinssee and on to the coldest point in Berlin: the Eiskeller in the Spandauer Luchwald. Commemorative steals keep appearing on the Wall Trail, which give you more information about this strip.The first houses appear in front of you near Falkenhöh. However, it stays fabulously green around you. The Spektelake with its pretty lakes is ideal for a break, then it goes back to the Spandau Town Hall. Here you can treat yourself to a large portion of ice cream with cream or the delicious fruit or chocolate sauce at the Florida ice cream parlor. You deserve it.

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    Easy
    01:46
    17.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Green, greener, Reinickendorf! Away from the Tegel Forest, you will also find wonderful parks, lush green spaces and dreamy lakes in the north of Berlin. With this tour you get the right mix of city flair and park romance. For even more nature, you can combine the tour with Tour 5, which takes you around Lake Tegel.The starting point is the Bornholmer Straße S-Bahn station. If you arrive here for the cherry blossom, you can already see the pale pink sea of flowers from the train station. Of course, you can also take a close look at it, because the route takes you along the cherry blossom path directly through the magnificent avenue. Past the Bürgerpark Pankow you will soon roll into the largely natural Schönholzer Heide. The Soviet Memorial here is worth a quick detour.Along the railway tracks, the path takes you to the north ditch, which you follow for a while through a green corridor. Allotment gardens appear in front of you and open at the level of the Steinberg Park, in which even a small waterfall splashes. You cross the north ditch again and continue south.On your left you cycle past another allotment garden, drive into the spacious Rehberge park and make a quick visit to Plötzensee. You have already made over two thirds of the lap, so take a longer break here. You return to the starting point of the tour via Seestrasse. Alternatively, you can also head for the nearby Gesundbrunnen S-Bahn station.

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    Easy
    01:15
    12.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the sophisticated Zehlendorf to the down-to-earth Wilmersdorf and over to the lively Tempelhofer Feld - the right term for this tour is rich in contrast and yet the green thread in the form of parks and garden settlements runs through from start to finish.From the Zehlendorf S-Bahn station, follow Clayallee for a while and then turn into the narrow Riemeisterstraße. You can pause for a moment in the Fischtalpark. The small pond, over which the bats frolic in the evening hours, is particularly beautiful. On the rails of the subway, which runs above ground here, you cycle past Thielpark and the Dahlem domain with its many animals.You are now cycling over a section of the Berlin marathon route and will soon arrive in the long park area of the Volkspark Wilmersdorf. Wide lawns invite you to linger. The adjoining Rudolph Wilde Park with its deer statue and the small duck pond is particularly beautiful.A little hustle and bustle awaits you in the Schöneberger Kiez, which you leave behind you at the Südkreuz and where you roll smoothly through the wonderful southern area. After a few turns you will arrive at the Tempelhof S-Bahn station. If you like, the extensive Tempelhofer Feld is exactly the right place to end the day in a fitting way. Just watch how kites circulate in the air, perform tricks with skates and delicious specialties are sizzled on the countless grills.

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    Easy
    01:16
    12.0 mi
    9.4 mph
    200 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Bars and cafés, lively neighborhood life and colorful get-togethers - a lot of Berlin scene life awaits you on this tour from Friedrichshain via Kreuzberg and Neukölln to Schöneweide. Of course you will always find unexpected oases here as well. We will show you the green side of the trendy districts for around 19 kilometers.At the Landsberger Allee S-Bahn station you step on the pedals and cycle the street of the same name to the west. A detour to the Volkspark Friedrichshain is almost a must, as it is one of the most beautiful parks and is definitely the oldest of them. In spring, numerous cherry trees bathe it in a delicate pink. The route continues across Strausberger Platz, once across the Spree and to the impressive Angel Basin at the Rosengarten.The Prinzenstraße leads you through Kreuzberg and over the Landwehr Canal. Lush greenery and rustic wooden walkways make driving fun in the Volkspark Hasenheide. Fancy a little break? You touch the Tempelhofer Feld with the imposing former airport building and turn towards Schöneweide. With the Königsheide you cross a really beautiful forest area again before the journey comes to an end at the Schöneweide S-Bahn station.

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    Intermediate
    02:02
    19.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    275 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Once from the southwest over to the southeast - over long stretches the tour takes you along the historic Wall Trail and reveals a lot of background knowledge about the era of inner German division through numerous information steals. You cycle through beautiful avenues, across wide fields and through open parks. If you feel like more, then just hang on Tour 11 to Biesdorf.You start at the gates of Berlin at the S-Bahn station Teltow Stadt. Only two roundabouts separate you from the banks of the Teltow Canal and the Wall Trail. Along the canal you can discover numerous traces of the beaver that has returned here. Shortly before the city limits you turn into the cherry blossom avenue. The countless cherry trees were a gift from the Japanese to reunified Germany and bloom particularly beautifully at the end of April. A real feast for the eyes!At the end of the avenue, a wide field landscape opens up in front of you. The resident farmer plants grain, corn and rapeseed here. While you cycle on the Wall Trail, you follow the Berlin city limits to the small forest areas around Lichtenrade. Fields are your constant companions up to the village view on the edge of Rudow.The park at the Dörferblick alone is beautiful. If you still have energy, feel free to make the climb. The view of Schönefeld, Waßmannsdorf, Großziethen and of course Berlin is first class. Past the new city airport, it goes over the Seegraben to Grünau, where you will find a connection to the S-Bahn.

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    Easy
    01:32
    15.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    With this tour you meander along the eastern edge of the capital, visit the largest lake in Berlin and follow the course of the Wuhle to Kaulsdorf. At the end of the route, you can even find a real lock. If you want to cycle a little more, just connect Tour 10 from Teltow at the front or at the back if you want to go in the other direction.From the Grünau S-Bahn station you only cycle a few hundred meters through the forest and already have a ferry ride ahead of you. With the line F12 you go over the Dahme to Wendenschloss. The Müggelbergallee leads you dead straight into a wonderful forest area, to the foot of the Kanonenberge and on to the Müggelsee. On both sides of the promenade, trees are your constant companions as well as beautiful views of the 750 hectare largest lake in the capital.At the Müggelschlösschenweg you turn off and roll through the forest, over wide bike paths and narrow bridges to Köpenick. If you like, you can pay a visit to the main man in front of the Köpenick town hall. You cross the S-Bahn tracks further north and now wind your way along the Wuhle stream to the Wuhletal.At the Biesdorfer Höhe you have almost reached the end of the tour. The Biesdorf Castle Park opens up in front of you with its pale pink castle. You've definitely earned a cup of cake here before you start your journey home at the Biesdorf S-Bahn station.

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  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    144 mi
  • Duration
    14:51 h
  • Elevation
    2,625 ft

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