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
Alexanderplatz , 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 484 953 25, Fax: (040)
| 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
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 Æ 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.
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
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
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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