- 6 days
- about 209 km
- travel code
- BER 10
The federal capital Berlin is not only rich in cultural sights, active vacationers also get their money's worth here. Numerous exciting cycle paths have been created in recent years, especially for cyclists. Undoubtedly the most beautiful and exciting is the Berlin Wall Cycle Path. In 4 to 6 days you hop back and forth between West and East Berlin, get to know the moving history of the Berlin Wall and, of course, the Berliners themselves the saddle!
Berlin was divided for a long time – into West and East, into the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany and that of the GDR. The traces of the division are still visible today. Not only in the form of the colossal Berlin Wall, but also the architecture of the residential and commercial buildings, cultural places and last but not least the mentality of the locals are witnesses to the moving history of the city. During a bike tour on the Berlin Wall Cycle Path, cyclists get a wonderful insight and overview of the completely different lives of the two parts of the city - and their residents.
The route of the Berlin Wall Cycle Path (click here for the Map) runs for around 160 km along the former GDR border installations. Cyclists mostly ride on the former customs route - here waren the western border guards on the move - and on the former patrol route on the other side. Thanks to numerous sections of the wall that are still in place, regular overview maps along the way and continuous signage, the route is also suitable for less experienced cyclists without restrictions.
Especially nice: There are over 40 information points along the Berlin Wall Cycle Path, which provide detailed information about the division of Germany, the construction of the Wall, human tragedies and of course the fall of the Wall in 1989. The cycle tour on the Wall Cycle Path becomes a varied journey through time and brings the recent history of the city of Berlin to life.
Where does the Berlin Wall Cycle Path lead?
The Berlin Wall Cycle Path largely follows the former control routes of the GDR border troops. At the surrounding border, the cycle path follows the former customs route in West Berlin territory. Along this path, boards and signs provide information on the history of the Wall.
How many stages does the Berlin Wall Cycle Path have?
Depending on your riding style, the 160 km long cycle path can be experienced in 3 to 5 stages (stage length max. 60 km/day). If you have a lot of time or want to take your time, you can cycle the Berlin Wall Cycle Path in up to 14 individual sections - the individual stages are then 7 to 21 km long.
Which cycle paths connect to the Berlin Wall Cycle Path?
Simply extend your cycling holiday with a trip on the following long-distance cycle paths: Havel Cycle Path, Spree Cycle Path, Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Path, Berlin-Usedom.
How long has the Berlin Wall Cycle Path existed?
The cycle path was designed by the city of Berlin between 2002 and 2006 and implemented by the city's own Grün Berlin GmbH. It has been accessible by bike in its present form since 2006. But did you know that ADFC activists had the idea of a Wall Cycle Path as early as 1991?
The Berlin Wall Cycle Path leads completely around the former West Berlin. The themed cycle path not only runs through the urban jungle, but also makes a detour into the Berlin area.
Next to the Berlin Wall, cycle tourists experience something like this Village of Lübars, which is the only surviving village that still belongs to the Berlin urban area. Here the cycle path also crosses green landscapes in the middle of the river valley. About the Mark quarters the Wall Cycle Path continues in the direction of the city center and passes the former Bergmann-Borsig factories, which are now an interesting business location. The first historic highlight on the cycle path is the former border crossing at Bornholmer Straße at the eastern end of the Bösebrücke. Here, on November 9, 1989, the border between West and East was opened for GDR citizens for the first time.
Further south is the cycle path on the Mauerpark past, which was the border strip between the GDR and the FRG at the time of the division of Germany. Today the park is used as a recreation area. In summer, the Mauerpark is a magnet for many people, especially on weekends. A flea market and karaoke events often invite you to linger here. Shortly after that Central Station the bike path meanders through it Government District. Take a break at the Bundestag and enjoy the view of the Spree before continuing on the saddle The Brandenburg Gate goes. The symbol of German unity can, of course, also be cycled through today, while it was still in no man's land when Germany was divided and could not be passed.
The next options for a stopover are the Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie used to be the border crossing between East and West Berlin. Today this is here Wall Museum, which, among other things, documents escape attempts and shows escape objects. Next to Checkpoint Charlie is the East Side Gallery one of the most worth seeing places on the Wall Cycle Path through Berlin. The longest surviving piece of the Berlin Wall is located directly on Mühlenstraße on the Spree and runs over 1,3 km to the Oberbaum Bridge. Also on the former Sonnenallee border crossing the Berlin Wall Cycle Path takes you past. You continue through residential areas until you finally approach Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport from the north.
You have now left the hustle and bustle of the big city behind you and are cycling along the southern route of the cycle path along the outskirts of the city. The expanded routes pass through the urban area and there is always a great view of the city's skyscrapers. At the same time, cyclists can enjoy the tranquility of the Berlin area. Shortly before the Teltow Canal, the cycle path leads under 800 cherry trees throughout, which was a gift from the Japanese in the 90s waren. This is a particularly breathtaking backdrop, especially in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. In the west of the city, the cycle path leads along the unique Potsdam Palaces and Parks over. It is worth making a detour here Sanssouci Palace, which is known for its extensive parks.
Near Potsdam is the historic Glienicke Bridge, also known as "Bridge of Agents". It served as an exchange point for captured agents during the German-German division. Today, commemorative and commemorative plaques commemorate the history of the bridge.
Lübars is the oldest village in Berlin where agriculture is still practiced today. Cyclists experience a historic village center, riding stables and active farms. There is also a leisure and recreation park with lawns for sunbathing and playing. There is a diverse animal world around Lübars.
The Berlin Wall Cycle Path leads through the first large new housing estate in former West Berlin. It was created by numerous domestic and foreign architects and is home to tens of thousands of Berliners.
Here you can see the remains of what was once the largest GDR manufacturer of power plant components. The company emerged from Bergmann Electricitäts-Werke Aktien-Gesellschaft, which was founded by Sigmund Bergmann in 1891 and was dedicated, among other things, to the electrical equipment of trams and interurban trains.
The Bornholmer Straße border crossing was the northernmost of the 7 inner-city through routes. In 1989, the first GDR citizens were able to emigrate to West Berlin here.
Cycle through the huge Mauerpark, which stretches between the districts of Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg and lies on the former death strip.
On the former border strip there is now a 1,4 km long memorial with a visitor center on Bernauer Strasse.
An area in Berlin-Mitte where the main German executive and legislative institutions are based. Among other things: Reichstag building and Chancellery.
The Brandenburg Gate was built in 1793 by Johann Gottfried Schadow. Today it is Berlin's landmark and since 1990 a symbol of German reunification.
Formerly degraded to wasteland by the Wall, Potsdamer Platz is now an important traffic junction and a tourist attraction with numerous arcades and shops.
The last surviving watchtower on the former GDR border is called BT6 and is in Berlin near Potsdamer Platz.
One of the most famous former border crossings. Here is a museum house with an exhibition of photographs and documents on the separation of Germany. Yadegar Asisi's 360° panorama on the Berlin Wall can also be visited.
Almost every Berlin newcomer visits the longest surviving piece of the Berlin Wall in the Friedrichshain district. The East Side Gallery is now a huge open-air exhibition.
The Glienicker Bridge is located in the extreme southwest of Berlin and is known as the Agent Bridge. For a long time, the building was a legendary site of the Cold War.
Visit Sanssouci Palace as one of the most famous Hohenzollern palaces and the associated parks in Potsdam's unique palace and lake landscape.
The Heilandskirche (Church of the Redeemer) at the Port of Sacrow, which is well worth seeing, is located directly on the banks of the Havel. It is part of the Sacrow Palace Park and was built in 1844.
The Pfaueninsel is a local recreation area and a park on the Havel in southwest Berlin, where you can go for long walks. The island got its name from the free-roaming peacocks, who like to cartwheel here. Water buffalo can also be found on Peacock Island.
With our exclusive bike tours we offer you convenient additional services at no extra cost to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We take care of your physical, physical and mental well-being and ensure that you experience an unforgettable holiday.
All hotels are clean and well-groomed and have one shower or bath. In all accommodation you will receive a rich breakfast. So you start the day well nourished and can look forward to your daily excursions.
So that you can travel freely throughout the day, we transport your luggage from hotel to hotel. So you don't have to worry and enjoy the fantastically beautiful nature in all ease.
All bike tours are individual trips without a guide. So you have no stress and cycle the stages at your own pace. Take breaks according to your taste. This gives you the opportunity to stay longer in certain places and to stroll through the numerous towns. Enjoy your bike tour to the fullest!
In our extensive travel documents you will find detailed suggestions and tips for planning the day. Of course, you can also completely deviate from it and plan something of your own. The only important thing is that you arrive at your destination or your accommodation in the evening.
Of course you have the possibility Bicycles and e-bikes can be rented from us for a fee. In the event of a flat tire or other complications, we are always happy to help and advise you. You can reach us via our service hotline + 49 (0) 3831 30676-0.
It was a mild summer night. On the evening of August 12, 1961, border police officers from the GDR began tearing up the streets and erecting barricades on the inner-city borders of both parts of the occupation. Only a few months later, the barbed wire obstacles at the beginning became meter-high walls separating West and East Berlin. The building of the Berlin Wall was initiated by the GDR's top leadership, who wanted to prevent their citizens from leaving the country unwantedly.
Countless tragedies occurred as a result of the building of the Wall. Although the Wall was considered impregnable, not least because of the intensive and aggressive protection it was being guarded by the GDR border police, many people tried to flee. At least 140 people died alone on the death strip of the Berlin Wall - along the entire inner-German border waren it thousands.
In the fall of 1989, the GDR population mobilized against the regime. On November 9th of that year, a crowd of people stormed the Wall shortly after new exit regulations had been announced. The way to West Berlin was free again.
More shops, doctors and experiences along the way are hardly possible on a long-distance cycle path. The infrastructure of the Wall Cycle Path is almost perfect. In combination with cycle paths that are always paved and a flat topography, the Berlin cycle path becomes the ideal cycle tour route for families with children or for seniors.
Within the center of Berlin, the Wall Cycle Path has an urban character. This is initially the case on the section from Berlin-Mitte to Schönefeld. However, allotment colonies that appear more rural are also cycled through. From Schönefeld to Potsdam, the cycle path takes holidaymakers along the city limits and thus through less built-up areas. Poplar avenues, country lanes with a view of the Brandenburg area and the backdrop of houses in the outskirts of Berlin characterize the picture. Wald is cycled through on the Königsweg to Potsdam. From Kladow near Potsdam to Hohen Neuendorf, suburban, city and thoroughly rural border routes alternate. Here West Berlin is only occasionally perceived through forest and hedges. In the north it goes through pine forest. The last rural section with a village character is on the Tegeler Fliess.
Then it's back to the hustle and bustle of the city. Between the districts of Pankow and Wedding, the route leads partly along the S-Bahn lines back to Berlin-Mitte. Mauerpark, Bernauer Strasse, Humboldt University, Charité and the banks of the Spree are the last landmarks on the Berlin Wall Cycle Path before the Brandenburg Gate comes into view.
The Berlin Wall Cycle Path is best cycled in 5 daily stages.
Die Mecklenburger Bicycletour recommends the following planning stages:
1st stage: Oranienburg – Berlin-Mitte, Brandenburg Gate (44 km)
2st stage: Berlin-Mitte, Brandenburg Gate – Teltow (59 km)
3st stage: Teltow – Potsdam (30 km)
4st stage: Potsdam – Hennigsdorf (54 km, incl. ferry ride)
5st stage: Hennigsdorf – Oranienburg (22 km)
If you have less time for sightseeing, museums and walks and would like to spend more time on the saddle, you can also consider planning a sporty stage and cycle the Berlin Wall Cycle Path in 3 daily stages:
1st stage: Oranienburg – Berlin-Mitte, Brandenburg Gate (44 km)
2st stage: Berlin-Mitte, Brandenburg Gate – Potsdam (85 km)
3st stage: Potsdam – Oranienburg (62 km)
Die Mecklenburger Bicycletour provides cyclists with detailed route materials and GPS route data [internal links to relevant pages] on the Berlin Wall Cycle Path. Would you like to delve even deeper into the history of the city and its most famous building? Then we recommend the free smartphone app from the Federal Agency for Civic Education [external link to www.bpd.de] in cooperation with the Center for Contemporary History Research and Deutschlandradio. This was published on the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Wall and guides you interactively to 42 geocoded sights directly on the Berlin Wall or its former course.
Our Berlin Wall Cycle Route Map gives you an overview of the course of the tour and the individual sections of the route.
Start in Oranienburg and follow the course of the Wall from the city limits of Reinickendorf to Pankow and Wedding. It continues past the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate before reaching the former border checkpoint Checkpoint Charlie, not far from Potsdamer Platz. The East Side Gallery begins at Ostbahnhof - cycle to the former Sonnenallee crossing via Schönefeld to Teltow. Via the Berlin Forest, a flying visit to the city of Potsdam and through the landscape of hills, parks and lakes designed by Lenné and Schinkel to the west of Berlin, you will return to your starting point.