Escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin – cycling in Osthavelland-Spandau

Bike Touring Collection by Regionalpark Osthavelland-Spandau

Fragrant forests, wild swimming lakes, pretty village churches, and enchanting old towns – beyond the hustle and bustle of Germany’s capital, the region of Osthavelland-Spandau to the west of Berlin is known for its peace and quiet. Yet, you can reach this oasis in just a few minutes from the centre of Berlin with the S-Bahn. The gateway to tranquil villages and small towns in the picturesque East Havel countryside, Spandau manages to combine cosiness, quiet, excitement, and sophistication. The best way to explore the region is by bicycle. In this Collection, we present nine beautiful day rides in and around Spandau.

To the north of Spandau, you will be surrounded by forests and water, with the Havel River as your constant companion. You can unwind as you watch ships pass by. In the Spandau Forest, you may even spot a few woolly sheep. Further south, you can explore the historic Fort Hahneberg and the impressive citadel which is surrounded by water. Riding through the green fields of the Bullengraben and the Spekte-Niederung nature park, you are immersed fully into the natural world. In the far south, you ride through the town of Kladow where you can visit the Military History Museum of the German Armed Forces nearby which has exhibits ranging from captured balloons to fighter planes.

Just a stone's throw from Spandau, you find the idyllic community of Schönwalde-Glien. The circular ride takes you to the tranquil villages of Pausin, Perwenitz, Paaren im Glien, Wansdorf, and Grünefeld, among others. Of course, the legendary village of Ribbeck where Herr von Ribbeck is said to have given pears to children also lies en route. The historic town of Nauen is also a great place to stop. Its pretty old town is lined by elaborate half-timbered houses and beautiful brick buildings. If you take a detour through Dallgow, you can also visit the 1936 Olympic village and the Döberitzer Heide

To ensure you can start pedaling effortlessly, the start and endpoints of the routes are easy to reach by train. At the starting point in Schönwalde-Siedlung, there are also several parking spaces directly at the town hall. So hop on your saddle and escape the hustle and bustle of the big city in the beautiful region of Osthavelland-Spandau.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:55
    9.69 mi
    10.5 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Forest and water as far as the eye can see. At around 16 kilometers, this wonderful circular tour is a great trip for you and the kids. In addition to picturesque waters, you can even spot a few grazing sheep in the Spandau Forest.It starts at the parking lot near the Schwanenkrug bus station and the town hall in Schönwalde-Siedlung. You cycle along the outskirts towards Schönwalde-Dorf, but after crossing the Havel Canal, turn right and follow the canal. As you roll past the water, you can watch the ships cruising past, marvel at beaver castles and wish anglers “Petri-heil!”.The bike path takes you to the shores of Nieder Neuendorfer See, a broadening of the Havel. Cozy cafes, restaurants, wooden benches and a playground invite you to linger here. Shortly before you dive into the Spandau Forest, you pass a former GDR watchtower, which you can also climb. In the forest, you may discover a few happily grazing Karakul sheep on the meadow from the observation deck at Laßzinssee.From here it is not far back to the starting point. If you get hungry, you can stop off at the Schwanenkrug inn for a cool drink with hearty dishes.

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    Easy
    01:40
    15.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Magnificent buildings from the time as a garrison town await you on this 25-kilometer tour through Spandau. Discover Prussian fortifications and the impressive citadel surrounded by water.You start at the oldest town house in Berlin, the Gothic House, in the middle of the old town of Spandau. Over the bridge "Am Juliusturm" you drive over the Havel and immediately turn left to the citadel. You can either view the landmark of Spandau from the outside or take a tour. Every now and then even knight fights take place here.With your steely steed you continue to Haselhorst, through small parks and over to the island of Eiswerder. With the beautiful view over the Havel, the island is great for a break before you leave it over the large Eiswerder Bridge. You cycle along the banks of the Havel and on the outskirts of the district of Hakenfelde to lower the Spect. Here you can hop into the Spektesee at a great swimming spot.Once rolled through Staaken, you stand in front of the mighty Fort Hahneberg, which was built at the end of the 19th century during the Franco-Prussian War. You can explore it on a weekend on a guided tour. You cycle back over the green Bullengraben to the old town of Spandau.

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  • Easy
    01:56
    19.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round tour of around 31 kilometers you will follow the traces of the former inner German division and the nature in and around Spandau. You roll along the historical border, to the coldest place in Berlin and to a beautiful bathing bay.At the Gothic House in the old town of Spandau you pedal and cycle south on the Havel Promenade. At the Ziegelhof you leave the Havel and shortly after you pass the Florida ice cream parlor. First-class ice cream has been produced here according to old handicrafts for almost a hundred years - and you can taste it too!After this tasty treat at the start, you drive through the Bullengraben, which is one of the 20 “green main routes” in Berlin and connects neighboring districts. Taking the name into account, you will even find a steel body in the shape of a bull. It continues wonderfully green over the Spektesee and the Spektelake.In the Spandau Forest, the coldest place in Berlin awaits you with the ice cellar. Icy temperatures are measured here in winter. You can even see a few woolly sheep grazing from the observation deck at Laßzinssee, then you drive on through the forest to the public store. In the beautiful bay you can refresh yourself and have a snack.The last kilometers take you back to the old town of Spandau on the banks of the Havel. A beer in the impressive brick building of the brewery is the perfect end to the varied tour.

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    Difficult
    01:59
    18.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Old meets new - on the approximately 30-kilometer circular tour you cycle on brand new bike paths to idyllic villages and on a historic post route through the wonderful Krämer forest. Again and again on the way: pretty village churches, each of which has its own character.The starting point is at the parking lot near the town hall and the Schwanenkrug bus station in Schönwalde-Siedlung. The bike path, which was only built in 2019, takes you across the Havel Canal, forests and fields to Bötzow and from there to tranquil Marwitz. Before you continue cycling, take a moment and take a look at the late medieval village church, which glows in bright yellow directly on the village green.We continue on the Ziegenkruger Weg in a beautiful forest area, where the Waldhaus zur Saubucht also beckons with a rustic atmosphere and delicious food. If you have strengthened yourself, you now follow the Alte Hamburger Poststraße. Where you cycle smoothly through pine forest today, the stagecoach drove between Berlin and Hamburg in the 17th century.You roll back to Schönwalde via Wansdorf. On the section you can take two other village churches with you or simply enjoy the tranquility of nature and slow down.

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    Intermediate
    01:52
    17.2 mi
    9.2 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The cycle path of sympathy takes you from the Berlin district of Spandau out into the surrounding area to Falkensee. You cycle through the "green lung" of Spandau, the Spekt lowlands and along the former wall strip to Falkensee and on via Brieselang to Nauen.At the S + U train station in Spandau you swing on your donkey and immediately roll through wonderfully green parks such as the Münsingerpark to the even greener Spekling. Passing the beautiful Spektesee we go to Spektelake with a picturesque wooden bridge.The cycle path of sympathy leads you over the “Mayor's Garden” on the wall strip through the green trench and over Falkensee with its different single-family houses and villas into the Bredower Forest. If you want to get off your saddle, you can explore the idyllic nature reserve here on Germany's first nature trail.Via Brieselang - past the Nymphensee - and the Autobahn church in Zeestow you get to the old knight's village of those of Bredow and further into the historic city center of Nauen. Here, at the end point of your tour, an extended city tour is worthwhile, because the Nauen city center enchants with elaborate half-timbered houses and the imposing, red brick town hall. Just have a coffee and a delicious cake in Café Nickel in the heart of the old town and review the tour. With the regional trains you can easily get back to Spandau.

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    Difficult
    01:16
    13.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This beautiful, almost 17 km long church tour is a relaxed excursion for the whole family. You visit the tranquil towns of Dallgow, Seeburg and Rohrbeck and with a little luck you can even watch a few model airplane pilots practice their hobbies.You start at the Dallgower station forecourt, which you can reach with the Regional Express. The first starting point is the pretty field stone church of Dallgow-Döberitz. The late Gothic church was built here in the 14th century and its bells are still ringing today.We continue across the fields towards Seeburg. You roll past the model airfield and maybe you can even see a few small planes take off and land. The next impressive church made of stone from the 13th century awaits you in Seeburg. So Steinalt absolutely applies here.Back to Dallgow you cycle again through field landscapes that shine in a different color depending on the season. The nature reserve of the Döberitzer Heide, which is managed by the Sielmann Foundation, extends to your left. If you like, you can take a detour. The area is so large and multifaceted that you can make an extra trip out of it.The tour continues to Rohrbeck to the last church of today's trip. At the end you can treat yourself to a delicious piece of cake or cake in the Café Kühnbaum before you go home.

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    Easy
    01:41
    18.3 mi
    10.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "Herr von Ribbeck on Ribbeck in Havelland. There was a pear tree in his garden ... ”- who doesn't know Theodor Fontane's famous poem? But have you ever been there where Herr von Ribbeck generously gave his glowing pears to the village children? No? Then get on the saddle and follow this great tour to the location of the well-known pear tree.It starts at the train station in Nauen, which you can easily reach with the regional express from Berlin. Before you leave the city in favor of the fields, you cycle through the historic old town with its elaborately designed half-timbered houses and the impressive brick buildings such as the town hall and the St. Jacobi church, the oldest building in Nauen.Through wide fields you roll over Neukammer and Quermathen to Groß Behnitz. The Stober estate, which was built by the locomotive manufacturer Albert Borsig as a holiday for his employees, is immediately noticeable here. In the café and restaurant "Seeterrassen" you can relax and enjoy the view over the lake.Now it's finally through the shady forest area to the famous Ribbeck. The entire village center with its castle, church, wash house and distillery is a cultural and historical Eldorado. A signposted tour takes you to the year of the pear tree poem in 1889 and to the old manor houses, rectory and church. On their scenic tour, Jan van Damals and Friedemann van Euter offer a fun explanatory tour of history.The original pear tree was unfortunately taken away by a storm. However, a new tree has been growing in its place for around twenty years - with glowing pears, of course, which you can enjoy with a piece of cake in the "wash house" or on a delicious tarte flambee at the "Ribbäcker". Back to Nauen it goes again over beautiful field landscapes with end point at the station.

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    Intermediate
    02:59
    29.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Seven in one fell swoop - with the approximately 47-kilometer Gliendörfer church tour you cycle through seven districts of the rural community of Schönwalde-Glien and take six pretty village churches with you. And physical well-being is also taken care of in the beautiful village anglers. A perfect day tour!In Schönwalde-Siedlung you swing onto the saddle at the parking lot near the Schwanenkrug bus station and leave the district towards Schönwalde-Dorf. Once you have cycled across the Havel Canal, you have already reached the first village church. The small baroque church from 1737 impresses above all with its grass-green bell tower and the best-preserved Wagner organ in Brandenburg. We continue to Wansdorf with the next baroque church and the castle that you can marvel at right next to it.In the center of the tour, in the tranquil Pausin, you can take a small snack next to the village church in the forest school or in the “Auszeit” inn. Nearby there is also first-class game meat from the region in the Damwildhof. The next station is Perwenitz. You can see the giant television tower from afar. He used to broadcast GDR television, but now only mobile radio. Perwenitz also has a village church that is well worth seeing.Continue over the motorway bridge to Paaren im Glien. From afar you can see the adventure park on the left, where the BraLa, the Brandenburg Agricultural Exhibition, takes place every year. The village green shines with a beautiful Gothic brick church and in the bar house there you can enjoy coffee and cake or even try making butter yourself.The way to Grünefeld takes you on a well-developed bike path through the forest and fields. The three-aisled Grünefeld village church and the impressive village linden tree await you in the very north of the tour. On the return tour you roll past the lock on the Havel Canal and if you like, you can end the day in the lido, the bathing lake in Schönwalde settlement.

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    Intermediate
    01:39
    14.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the south of Spandau you will be charmed by rural flair and water. A long stretch leads you directly along the Havel. There is also a lot to discover for aviation enthusiasts in the Military History Museum.You start at the Kladow promenade port in the middle of the south of the Berlin district of Spandau. You can easily reach it from the Wannsee S-Bahn station by ferry and can even use your BVG ticket for it. Via the Sakrower Kirchweg you cycle through Kladow to the Landhausgarten. If you want, you can sip a little coffee here with a view of the Havel.You roll past the barracks to the shore of the Groß Glienicker See. With its great water quality, it simply invites you to jump into the cool water. He accompanies you a little further along the waterfront, then it's time to turn off to the Military History Museum. From replica bondage balloons to the legendary Messerschmidt to rocket systems and fighter planes, you can marvel at everything you can imagine about aviation.With a great view, you drive back to the banks of the Havel through the wonderful Rieselfeld. Have a look over there, on the other bank you can see the Grunewald Tower towering majestically over the treetops. In the well-kept Neukladow manor park, you can relax in the sun with coffee and cake or small dishes. Take your time, because it is only a good kilometer back to your starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    155 mi
  • Duration
    15:57 h
  • Elevation
    2,550 ft

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