In the summertime, when Berlin’s many green spaces come to life and the bike lanes are no longer treacherous with ice, it’s time to get cruising. Here are five of the most beautiful bike routes in Berlin.
With a path running along the park’s northeastern promenade along the river Spree, Treptower Park is a favorite cycling destination of many. Beyond this straightforward path, Treptower contains many winding trails just waiting to be discovered. With enough exploration down these shaded paths, it is possible to end up at one of the area’s most iconic landmarks: the Soviet War Memorial, which commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Red Army. Better than touring this vast anti-fascist memorial on foot, gliding through it by bike lends a truly unique perspective.
For those looking for the bike experience of the true Berliner, try riding along the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg. We suggest fueling up for this utterly picturesque ride with a meal at one of the restaurants on Paul-Lincke-Ufer. Alternatively, a quick bite can be had across the way on Maybachufer. Once that’s taken care of, simply follow the canal eastward. Turn left at the end of Maybachufer and head straight for the lively Gorlitzer Park area for some vibrant nightlife at one of the many bars in the area, including Club der Visionaere. This route also leads up to the river Spree where the riding could easily continue.
One of the most intriguing elements of Berlin is its not-so-distant past. Specifically, the fact that the city was literally partitioned with a wall for decades is something that is both difficult to imagine and a lesson in the harms of divisiveness that we must never forget. Today, the wall stands as a reminder, and millions of tourists hail to the city each year to see it firsthand. One of the best ways to see the wall is cruising alongside of it, especially the section covered with artists’ murals known as the East Side Gallery. When it was in tact, the Berlin Wall spanned about 140 km in length, so there is certainly plenty of ground to cover if anyone is looking to see all of what’s left. To keep from feeling overwhelmed, there are several suggested routes online.
Berlin is quite notoriously spread out, so those who are looking to see the most of the city will fare best in touring it by bike. Plus, bike tours are typically a bit more fun and memorable than those by foot. While many city tours are offered by bike, we recommend the Berlin Mitte bike tour for a good overview of the city’s most important historical cites. These tours typical cost around €25 with plenty of discounts available, and they cover important landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the TV Tower, and much more.
Bornholmer Straße, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 60949498