This ride along the Berlin Wall Trail takes you through romantic forests, extensive fields and picturesque meadows. It takes you past pretty rivers and idyllic lakes—and introduces the infamous history of this epic route in an incredibly unique way. Berlin forms an exciting contrast to the beautiful nature, which makes up about two-thirds of the Wall Trail: historical and modern architecture, straight canals, pretty parks and enchanting cherry tree avenues accompany you along the former Berlin Wall.
Over 100 miles (160 kilometers), the Berlin Wall Trail follows the course of the former GDR border fortifications to West Berlin. The cycle path runs either along the former customs route in West Berlin or along the column path in East Berlin. Most of the Wall Cycle Path is asphalted and pleasant to ride. On some sections, however, you will still find the characteristic concrete slabs of the Column Trail, which was used by the GDR border troops for their control trips. On your way along the Wall Trail, you will not only find many historically interesting sections, where you can still see some of the remains of the Wall but also beautiful landscapes and unspoiled nature outside the gates of the city. The history of the division of Germany and the Berlin Wall is explained at countless memorials for the victims of the Wall and on information boards.
You can ride the circuit around the former West Berlin in three stages, each about 30 miles (50 kilometers) long. If you prefer to cycle only one stage or a section of it, it is also possible, because all stages can be reached by public transport and you will always pass railway stations on the way. Therefore, you can easily integrate the ride into your trip to Berlin without having to change your accommodation every day. And if you live in Berlin, you don't need to take a lot of luggage on your bike—you'll plenty of places to stock up on supplies.
The Berlin Wall Trail is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association).
The 51-kilometer first leg of the Berlin Wall Trail leads you from Hermsdorf to Schönefeld right through the capital. After Hermsdorf you come very comfortable with the S-Bahn. From there you drive along the Tegeler flow and then a small arc around Lübars, where the bike path leads you through beautiful, wide meadows. Then you dive back into the city and cycle through the urban backdrop of Berlin, which is loosened here and there by idyllic parks and cherry-tree avenues. On your way to the city center, you will always come across remnants of the wall and monuments.In the center of Berlin, you will meet the Berlin-Spandauer-Schifffahrtskanal, which you will follow until you reach the mouth of the Spree. At the chapel-shore, it goes along the river, while you can let your eyes wander to the Reichstag building on the other side of the river. On the Marschall Bridge you cross the Spree River and drive in the footsteps of the Wall through the Government District and the Great Animal Park.At this point, you've made half of the stage, so a good moment to take a break and strengthen yourself. Of course, countless cafés and restaurants are available in the middle of Berlin. If you are looking for a cozy and idyllic resting place, we recommend the Engelbecken. This is a few miles further, past Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, right on the Berlin Wall. There is a cafe with a nice terrace right on the water.Strengthened the bike tour continues through Berlin and brings you back to the Spree, where you can admire the East Side Gallery, the longest surviving piece of wall with its colorful graffiti. Along the Landwehr Canal you leave the Spree and cycle through the beautiful nature on the Heidekampgraben to the Britzer connecting canal and finally to the Teltowkanal. Follow its bank for several kilometers, until you turn towards Schönefeld and cycle over the beautiful Wasserbüffelwiesen to the stage destination. Here you can change to public transport at the nearby station Schönefeld Airport.
The second leg of the Berlin Wall Route will take you 54 kilometers along the southern edge of Berlin, via Potsdam to the Wannsee. You can look forward to a lot of nature and beautiful, paved bike paths.From Schönefeld you cycle on the Mauerweg out into the field. Right at the beginning, you pass the small lookout hill "Dörferblick", which was formerly used to take a look over the wall. Along the edge of Südberlins along the bike path then winds further west. On your right side you have mostly built-up area and on your left side wide fields and meadows. On the way it is worthwhile to keep your eyes open, not only to enjoy the beautiful nature, but also to not miss the remnants of the Berlin Wall and countless monuments.Past bright yellow rape fields, through enchanted birch forests and idyllic cherry-tree avenues, you will reach the Teltow Canal, on the banks of which you cycle to Kleinmachnow. Here you go to the Waldfriedhof, where many famous Berliners are buried, and finally follow the dead straight Königsweg through the Düppeler Forst. After this pleasant walk through the shady forest you will meet again on the Teltow Canal. He takes you to his mouth in the Havel. Here you cycle along the shores of Lake Jungfernsee through the Glienicker Park, where you can enjoy the view of the Sacrower Heilandskirche and the Pfaueninsel on the way.About the Pfaueninselchaussee it goes through the beautiful forest Düppel to the Great Wannsee, today's stage destination. Here you can change to public transport at the Wannsee S-Bahn station.
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The last leg of the Berlin Wall Trail is 57 kilometers long and takes you from Wannsee back to Hermsdorf. On this stage, you can look forward to lots of water with opportunities for swimming and a lot of wall history.Right at the beginning of the tour you take the ferry, which brings you from the station Wannsee to Alt-Kladow. There you cycle relaxed along the banks of the Havel, where, as on the day before, you can enjoy the view of the peacock island, but this time from the other side. In an arc, it goes to the Great Glienicker Lake, where you can swim when you're after a cool down. At the lake there are two official bathing places and many cozy bays, which invite you for a short dip in the water.On the dead straight Potsdamer Chaussee it goes past fields and meadows direction Spandau. Here you can make a detour to the lookout hill "Hahneberg", from which you have a nice view over Spandau and the surrounding area. Via Berlin-Staaken you will then reach a particularly beautiful section of the Wall Trail: you cycle almost ten kilometers through newly-paved bike paths through the Spandau Forest. On the way you will pass the picturesque Laßzinssee, lookout towers and, of course, memorial signs.The path through the forest brings you back to the shore of the Havel, which you follow to Henningsdorf. Here you cross the river and the former German-German border. In a circle around Frohnau you drive past memorial sites and former border towers back to Hermsdorf, the starting point of the three-day cycle tour. Here you can change back to the S-Bahn to drive to your favorite place in Berlin, which you may have discovered along the way to the Wall.