Berlin is colourful, diverse, exciting - and an ideal cycling city! There are countless routes that lead through forests and past fields, showing you the green side of the capital. And, of course, Berlin and its surroundings are full of lakes, rivers, and canals. Here you can find our favourite bike paths, which you should definitely cycle along in Berlin.
Explore Berlin on these bike tours
Sightseeing on a bike? Yes, absolutely! After all, Berlin has plenty of sights to discover. Our favourites are the following bike tours:
- On the bike through the government district, twice over the Spree, and past the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and the Federal Chancellery. Go on an easy, almost 9 kilometre long tour through Berlin Mitte. Along the way, you'll find many great spots that are also worth exploring. This is a great bike tour for a sightseeing afternoon.
- Get to know Berlin's industrial culture on a 24-kilometre bike tour that takes you past factories, power plants, remaining monuments, and breweries. This route is ideal for those who like lost places and old buildings.
- On this sightseeing tour you will discover the most beautiful sights of Berlin. This includes the Berlin Cathedral, the Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, and Victoria Park. It is about 22 kilometres long and suitable for every fitness level.
- Of course, the Wall Trail is a must when it comes to impressive bike paths around Berlin. The route is almost 160 kilometres long and a bit more challenging, so you should plan a whole weekend for it. In the north of West Berlin, you can expect great nature from Henningsdorf to Hermsdorf. Towards the south, you can look forward to the newly made route along the Teltow Canal via Schöneberg to Lichtenrade.
The most beautiful bike paths for nature lovers
If you are cycling in Berlin in the summer, you should definitely pack your swimsuit. Berlin and Brandenburg together have the largest network of inland waterways in Europe. You'll feel the urge to jump into the water at all possible places. Here are our favourite routes through nature:
- Tiergarten is Berlin's green lung and invites you to not only enjoy its beauty as a walker or sunbather. Explore it on bike. On a leisurely 12-kilometre bike tour, you ride from west to east and back through the park.
- You will see native and rare animal species on this bike trail. Start at the Pinke-Panke children's farm, where you can get delicious cocoa, coffee ,and cake. Then ride the 42-kilometre route past goats, sheep, water buffalo, bats, ponies, pigs, and mouflons. In addition to provisions, you should also pack binoculars.
- On the Wannsee-Babelsberg route, you'll pass four lakes and the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. The bike route is about 19 kilometres long. If you still haven't had enough, you can combine it with the 19-kilometre Nikolassee loop, stop for refreshments at one of the cafés along the way, and then reward yourself with a dip in the water at the Wannseebad.
Sporty Bike Routes for the energetic
Berlin not only has bike tours for leisurely weekend excursions in its program, but also sporty routes for racing bikes and mountain bikes. Get on the saddle and let's go:
- Enjoy the racing bike route along the water of Schwielowsee. On the 83 kilometre long route with about 480 meters of altitude, you will also pass the racing bike paradise Sacrow an der Havel.
- The Biesenthal-Rundtour leads you on an almost 80 kilometres route with 290 meters of altitude. On your road bike from Oranienburg, you will past many lakes and great nature to Finowfurt and back.
- A challenging Rennrad Tour is the 100 kilometre loop. As the name suggests, it is 100 kilometres long and has an ascent of around 340 meters in altitude. The highlight of the bike tour is the "forest highway" across the fields near Mehrow.
- The trails at Müggelberg are an ideal, short mountain bike loop for the end of the day. On 27 kilometres and 140 meters of altitude, it's up "Berlin's Highest Hill", Müggelberg.
- Pure nature can be found in the Döberitzer Heide nature reserve. The loop is 25 kilometres long and very sandy, which is why it is only suitable for mountain bikes. If you're lucky, you'll get to see bison or Przewalski's horses along the way.
- Mountain bikers get their money's worth in Grunewald. On 18 kilometres, you will find several single trails which are ideal for shorter tours.
Conclusion: With the bike, you can discover new sides of Berlin
As you can see, there are plenty of bike paths in Berlin and the surrounding area that are worth a trip. No matter whether you are more the type for nature or for city life, you will get your money's worth here. If you're in the mood for longer bike trips, Berlin is also a good starting point. For example, you can start the 700-kilometre Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route from the capital.