This cycling tour begins at the Mercure Hotel Berlin City at 38 Invalidenstraße. From the front door of the hotel, go to the right along Invalidenstraße and head east. Cross over Chauseestraße and turn left behind the Nordbahnhof rail station into Gartenstraße.
The Nordbahnhof was once one of Berlin major terminal stations. It initially served long-distance trains and then suburban trains later on. Today, only S-Bahn trains, trams and buses stop here.
Continue along Gartenstraße and then take a right at the next intersection onto Bernauer Straße. Bernauer Straße is one of the symbols of divided Germany: the Berlin Wall ran along this street until the reunification.
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial)
This site is a national memorial to Berlin Wall, the division of Berlin, and those who were killed at the Wall. The memorial consists of the Kapelle der Versöhnung (Chapel of Reconciliation), the Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Centre), and a section of the former border fortifications.
Ride along Bernauer Straße until it becomes Eberswalder Straße. To the left is Mauerpark, a popular park which hosts a large flea market and an open-air karaoke event on Sundays.
In a couple of blocks, you’ll come upon the Eberswalder Straße U-Bahn station, one of the busiest intersections in Berlin. Here, the elevated U-Bahn, trams, cars, cyclists and pedestrians cross paths. At the weekends, it’s a popular place to meet up to hang out in Mauerpark and go to the surrounding bars, restaurants and cafés.
Insider Tip: Currywurst at Konnopke’s
You refuel with one of the famous currywurst from Konnopke’s under the elevated railway bridge on the central reservation of Schönhauser Allee.
At the Eberswalder Straße intersection, take a quick right onto Schönhauser Allee and then immediately turn right again onto Kastanienallee. This avenue is jokingly known as “Casting-Allee” because casting agents are said to have discovered so many beauties here.
Insider Tip: Prater Pilsner in the Beer Garden
Just after the Eberswalder intersection on the right-hand side you’ll find Berlin’s oldest beer garden, the Prater. In summer you can enjoy home-brewed beer here under the huge chestnut trees that give the Kastanienallee its name. In winter, the action moves inside the cosy restaurant.
Ride down Kastanienallee, which after several blocks will become the Weinbergsweg as it passes theWeinbergspark to your right. Then after another short stretch, you’ll be at Rosenthaler Platz. Do watch out for the tram tracks! Until the 19th Century, this was the site of the Rosenthaler Tor, one of the few gates through which Jews could enter the city.
Get off your bike at this busy intersection and cross over Brunnenstraße at the pedestrian signal. After crossing, hop back on your bike and ride down Brunnenstraße until it becomes Rosenthaler Straße, which will take you through the Rosenthal suburb.
The Hackescher Markt is a busy traffic junction in the Spandau suburb. Numerous cafés, bars and shops invite you to take some time to shop and relax. Particularly interesting: the Hackesche Höfe, a beautifully restored building with eight rear courtyards. Walk your bike past the square in front of the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station and then continue riding to the left onto Burgstraße. Burgstraße curves to the right onto a bridge over the Spree onto Museumsinsel (Museum Island). Stay on Burgstaße after it becomes Bodestraße and then cross the river again. Immediately after crossing the second bridge, turn right Am Kupfergraben.
Insider Tip: Museumsinsel
Museum Island is the northern tip of the Spree Island. It is home to five major museums: the Pergamonmuseum, the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Bode-Museum and the Altes Museum (Old Museum).