Berlin Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    5 Nights
  • Start / Finish

    Oranienburg / Oranienburg
  • Distance

    113 miles/182 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    028-101CDE
Price From £475

Overview

Our Berlin Wall cycling holiday offers a fascinating insight into the history of Berlin, pre and post Cold War. Cycle through the busting city, following the former border-line between East and West. Along the way, stop and explore museums and memorials to learn more about the wall and its effect on this iconic city.

Berlin is well known for its highly developed bicycle lane system so it’s s an excellent choice for a city cycling holiday. Additionally, around a third of the city’s area comprises of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes, making it an even more attractive option for an urban cycling adventure.

Death-Strip Memorial at Bernauer Strasse - Berlin

Death-Strip Memorial at Bernauer Strasse – Berlin

Without doubt Berlin has a unique history and famous cold-war landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie are testament to this, but these days the city is also recognised as being one of Europe’s most modern, vibrant capitals with exciting nightlife and revered gastronomy. On this unique cycling holiday you can enjoy both the old and the new Berlin.

This is a leisurely cycling holiday and the majority of the route is pretty flat. A lot of it is on cycle paths, particularly in the city.

Itinerary & Map

This is a leisurely cycling holiday and the majority of the route is pretty flat. A lot of it is on cycle paths, particularly in the city.

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Day 1: Arrive Berlin/Oranienburg

Berlin - Germany*

Berlin

Your holiday starts and finishes in Oranienburg, a pleasant small town located 26 kilometers north of Berlin. The town is easy to reach from Berlin using the S-Bahn – a frequent high-speed commuter train. Your bikes will be we waiting for you at your hotel so why not warm up the legs with a pedal around town?

Day 2: Oranienburg – Mauerpark – Berlin Centre, 25 miles/40 kms

Brandenburg Gate - Berlin - Germany

Brandenburg Gate

Your cycling adventure starts in earnest today as you ride into the centre of Berlin. En-route into the city you’ll pedal through the tranquil forest of Tegeler Fliess. At the suburb of Reinickendorf you begin to follow the path of the infamous Berlin Wall through the suburb of Wedding to Mauerpark. The park was once part of the notorious ‘death-strip‘, the stretch of no-man’s land that ran adjacent to the eastern side of the wall. From there you cycle on into the city, passing the former border crossing at Invalidenstrasse and then across the Kronprinzen Bridge to the historic Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Check into your downtown hotel and the rest of the day and evening is yours to enjoy this diverse and vibrant city.

Day 3: Brandenburg Gate – Ostbahnhof – Teltow, 31 miles/50 kms

Checkpoint-charlie - Berlin F

Checkpoint Charlie

Today’s cycle ride starts at the Brandenburg Gate and leads you through the city along the route where the wall once stood. You’ll see Potsdamer Platz, the famous ultra-modern square that was completely redeveloped after the wall came down in 1989 and shortly afterwards you’ll see the most famous cold-war border crossing of them all – Checkpoint Charlie. Here you can visit the excellent Border Museum and learn how this crossing became a symbol of the Cold War after Soviet and American tanks faced each other at the site during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. You then continue along the path of the former wall, through the district of Kreuzberg, which used to be part of West Berlin, and over the Spree River to Ostbahnhof, East Berlin’s only train station. Here you will find one of the remaining remnants of the ‘Berlin Wall’ known as the East Side Gallery. It’s an international memorial for freedom and has been transformed into a mural consisting of 105 paintings by various artists from all over the world. From here you turn south re-crossing the Spree River to visit the bordeer crossing at Sonnenallee before pedalling on to Schoenefeld and finally Teltow where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Teltow – Potsdam, 19 miles/30 kms

Sanssouci Palace - Potsdam - Germany

Sanssouci Palace – Potsdam

Today you will cycle the route of the ‘Stammbahn’, the first Prussian train to run from Potsdamer Platz to Potsdam in 1838. Cross over Koenigsweg and go through the Berlin forest heading towards Babelsberg and Potsdam. Today’s ride is relatively short so you could spend the afternoon visiting the splendid Sanssouci Palace, the ornate summer residence of Frederick the Great, or you could take the S-Bahn back into Berlin to explore the city centre further. You’ll spend the night in the pleasant town of Potsdam.

Day 5: Potsdam – Spandau – Oranienburg, 39 miles/62 kms

Glienicke Bridge over the Havel River - Berlin - Germany*

Glienicke Bridge – the real bridge of spies

This morning leave Potsdam and enjoy a pleasant ride long the Havel River to Babelsberg Park which houses Babelsberg Palace, a protected UNESCO world heritage site. Perhaps enjoy a break here at the lovely cafe before continuing on along the banks of the River Havel, past the Glienicker Bridge (the real bridge of spies) to Lake Wannsee. A short ferry ride (payable locally) transports you across teh lake to Kladow from where you pedal through a pleasant forested to Spandau. WWII history buffs will know that Rudolf Hess was imprisoned here for 40 years after the war but after his death in 1987 the prison was demolished in and converted into a shopping centre to stop the site becoming a neo-nazi shrine. From here you cycle north, first through the Spandauer Woods and then through the villages of Nieder Neuendorf and Henningsdorf back to Oranienburg where you spend the last night of your holiday.

Day 6: Depart Oranienburg/Berlin

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Sunday between 14 May to 17 September, excluding 27 August & 03 September
Low season:14 May - 20 May & 4 September - 17 September
High season:21 May - 03 September
2017 Prices
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Price Includes

5 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Ferry Wannsee-Kladow (approx €10)
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£57)
Electric bike (£132)

Notes

Superior: A mix of 3 & 4 star hotels
Deposit per person £100

Practical Information

Bikes

Womens' hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this trip

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock and repair kit. Helmets are not provided so you will need to bring your own.

Accommodation

Superior On this cycling holiday you will be accommodated in a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels.

Oranienburg: Stadthotel Oranienburg
Potsdam: Hotel am Havelufer
Berlin: Hotel Garni Allegra
Teltow: Hammers Landhotel

Local taxes Some hotels charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Berlin’s Schönefeld or Tegel Airports and then take a bus or train into the city centre. From the Brandenburg Gate take an S1 train to Oranienburg (journey time circa 45 minutes). Research flights from the UK here

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