Biking Around Berlin City
If you decided to visit Berlin, a bike tour is the best way to get to know the city along with its beautiful sights and history. This is because the area in and around Berlin is relatively flat and easy to navigate on a bicycle.
And especially for tourists, it is becoming more and more appealing to do their sightseeing tours by pedaling around. Larger distances, such as from the Brandenburg Gate to the Red Town Hall can easily be covered on a comfortable city bike – without blisters or aching feet. Other fun rides include a spin through the Tiergarten, known as Berlin’s “Green Lung”, or to one of the many lakes within the city limits.
Throughout the city there are numerous bicycle rental points, most of them in the Mitte district (such as near the Friedrichstraße station), Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, or close to the Zoological Garden station. The cost is around €10 per day, depending on whether you choose a simple three-speed or a sporty mountain bike.
Call a bike Stations Map
Call-a-Bike is a very successful service for bike fans that was launched in 2002 by Deutsche Bahn (DB – German Railways). Spread over the city, DB makes available more than 1,650 red-silver trekking bikes at large junctions, main-line and suburban train stations; they can be rented for 8 euro cents per minute. Renting a Call-a-Bike for an entire day starts at just €9. Once finished, the bicycle can be returned to any of the many rental stations spread across the city. Further information is available at callabike.de.
For more stations and details about the stations check the callbike.de map.
You can also use the official Call a Bike app, available for iPhones and smartphones running Android, to locate a bike and receive the opening code.
Private Berlin Bike Tour
This 3-hour private bike tour takes you to the highlights of Berlin including Rotes Rathaus (Berlin City Hall), Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and many more. See Berlin’s most famous sights and learn about the most important facts of this unique capital while riding the city’s streets on a bicycle. Your tour will cover the important periods of Berlin’s existence including the settlement of Berlin, its history during the Prussians, the Weimar Republic, Third Reich (1933-1945), Cold War as well as the separation of the country by the Berlin Wall and modern Berlin, the very unique capital of Germany. See, explore and hear about Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the German Reunification; Potsdamer Platz with the very modern Sony Center and its shopping mall and more . . .
Berlin Bike Tour
There’s no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Berlin than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise and be entertained by your knowledgeable guide. It will be the best day you’ll spend in Berlin! Understand all facets of Berlin in one bike tour: Berlin’s founding, the Prussians, Weimar Republic, Hitler and the Third Reich, as a city divided by the Wall during the Cold War, and the Berlin of today. Tours begin with a brief introduction to Berlin before hopping on the bikes. You will stop every couple hundred yards (meters) to talk about the sights and for photo opportunities. Along the way you will stop at a beautiful beer garden where you can experience Berlin as the locals do!
Numerous Bike Paths and Twenty Cycle Routes in Berlin
Around 1.030 kilometers of bike paths are available by now. On top of that, the bicycle route network is currently being expanded.
It links the city’s main landmarks in a safe and attractive manner. The result is an extensive network of bike routes with kilometre markings to take cyclists across the city on side streets.
For example, you can ride from the Rotes Rathaus via Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee with its spectacular architecture all the way to Lichtenberg and Marzahn, or you can take the “students route” from the Free University in idyllic Dahlem all the way to Kreuzberg. The colourful Kreuzberg neighbourhood is also perfect for exploring by bike with its many shops, pubs and cafés around Bergmannstraße, Chamissoplatz and the Südstern. In addition, there are seven long-distance routes such as the popular Berlin-Usedom bike route. The Berlin section of European Route R1 offers 68 kilometres of beautiful landscapes and interesting sights. Over a distance of 3,500 kilometres, R1 connects Calais, France to St Petersburg, Russia. Another long-distance cycle path will take you to Copenhagen. Sports enthusiasts can now ride the 630 kilometres from Berlin through the German states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania all the way to the Danish capital.
Those who want to learn more about Berlins so called „Kieze“ (districts) will find routes off the path on the visitBerlin website. Tours in Schöneberg, Mitte, Friedrichshain or Pankow are a perfect stroll on a sunny afternoon. You can plan your own extensive tours of the Germany capital with the detailed tour suggestions including maps. The bike tour takes you through the city centre on a discover tour from West to East Berlin. The suggested route takes cyclists past the Deutsche Oper, the Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate and finally the Alexanderplatz with its famous television tower.