Discovering The Bike Culture In Berlin

Julianne Cordray

Wandering through an active Berlin neighborhood such as Kreuzberg, it is easy to spot a bicycle shop or repair service on most streets. Bike storage, extensive lanes, and bike rentals around the city also encourage and accommodate cycling as not only a viable mode but a principal mode for traversing the city, for residents and visitors alike. Designated cycling routes, city tours by bicycle, and other cycling events, further cement the activity’s standing not only as a reliable means of traveling from one place to another but of fully exploring and experiencing all the city has to offer.

Tracing a historic line through the city

One series of bike tours follows the former trail of the Berlin Wall. Cyclists have the option of either following the classic, historic route, which hits all of the major monuments and icons; or embarking on one of the several suggested variations of the journey, and discovering less well-known streets and buildings suited to a particular interest. Just as the remains of the Berlin Wall have become a canvas shared by many artists leaving behind traces and overlapping expressions of creativity, so too does the tailoring of cycle routes allow for the creative exploration of this much-travelled path.

Choosing your own adventure

Weaving a city’s history

Cycling is woven into the fabric of the city. The paths, those already laid and those still to be forged, weave the city’s history and its present together in a vibrant tapestry. This tapestry is not intended for passive, static viewing, but is to be experienced physically, in motion. Cycling through, around and across Berlin allows cyclists to write a unique story while taking in the city’s rich history.

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