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In comparison to other German cities locals find the motorist/cyclist relationship in Berlin rather hostile. If you´re used to riding city streets in the English speaking world, however, you are likely to find that Berlin´s geography and its wide streets make it very 'bikeable'. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten wind of this, so there's not much of a choice of bike tour operators. As always, departure times are subject to change.



Berlin Expedition
berlinexpedition.de
mail@berlinexpedition.com
Alexanderplatz , 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 484 953 25, Fax: (040) 333970330

| S+U Alexanderplatz | Price: incl. bike hire 25,- (20,- students); incl. inline skate hire 30,-; without skate or bike hire 15,- | Meeting point: Forum Hotel main entrance
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For people who have got only a weekend or so in Berlin, the bicycle tours given by Bernhard of Berlin Expedition are highly recommended. Thanks to pedal power, all the sights are accessible, not just the ones on the beaten track. Bernhard's main tour, which takes between three and four hours, is one of the longest available, his aim being to give you a sense of the integrated city. Starting at Alexanderplatz, the expedition gets as far west as the Ku'damm before turning back in the direction of Hackescher Markt. As well as taking in all the usual places of interest, the ride also opens up parts of Berlin that aren't within a hundred yards of the U-Bahn station. Bernhard also offers an alternative excursion through Kreuzberg, Treptow and Friedrichshain, three former sectors along the borders of which ran the wall. A ride through this part of town in the day will almost certainly give you a few ideas for the night! The tours run daily, and can be made in the morning, afternoon or evening, and tailored to your specific interests. Participating groups must be at least five people strong and the price includes the bicycle hire. This is well worth it, because Bernhard's sense of direction is second only to his knowledge about the sights. For more details, see the website.

Fahrradstation
www.fahrradstation.de
wolfgng.hoelzner@fahrradstation.de
S-Bhf Friedrichstrasse , 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 45 45 00, Fax: 20 45 45 66 | S+U Friedrichstr |

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Fahrrad Station have a wide range of tours in and around Berlin running just about every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday between April and September. The city tours cover 10-20km over 2-3 hours and though they are primarily conducted in German, the tour guides all speak reasonable English and are happy to translate if need be. Along with the usual Berlin sights, special tours cover themes such as Cold War Berlin, Architektur in Berlin and The Green Heart of the City.

Day tours in the countryside around Berlin are run by Wolfgang Hoelzer, a lanky cycling fanatic who can't conceal a cheeky smile while describing the cat-and-mouse relationship between motorists and cyclists in Berlin. Wolfgang's tours depart around 9am Sunday mornings from the Fahrradstation Shop at Friedrichstraße Station and take you first by train and then by bike to some of the lesser-known sights in Brandenburg. In the course of the day, a party can expect to cover a leisurely 30 to 50km over country lanes and farm tracks. The motto of these tours is ´we're not on the run', the aim being to get to spend a relaxing day in the countryside, while getting to know its history and personalities.

The cost for a full day tour including a train fare to and from your destination is DM32, DM40 if you require bike hire as well. Berlin city tours cost DM20. Prior reservation is required for all day tours. For a full programme of the tours (German only) call the Fahrradstation on the number listed above.

Insider Bike Tour
www.insidertour.de
management@insidertour.de
Tel: 692 31 49, Fax: 692 31 49 | S+U Friedrichstr | Departure point/time: Platform of the S-Bahn Station Friedrichstr/10:30 | Price: 35 , (30DM conc.).
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The bike tour lasts a "leisurely" four hours taking in all of the sites on the Insider Walking Tour and more. Group sizs are limited so the tour is more intimate and personal than the walking tour. Also include a lunchbreak. Insider can arrange daily bike rentals at a cost of DM15 if necessary. You will need a credit card or passport as security for the bicycle.


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