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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$890USD

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Overview

Trip Code: BER

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the grand sites, hidden gems and incredible history of Berlin at handlebar level
  • Cycling along the former border line between East & West Germany
  • Potsdam and the impressive grounds of Sanssouci Palace
  • Exploring Berlin's unique neighbourhoods

The Berlin Wall, a onetime symbol of division, now provides a peaceful path for cyclists looking to explore one of Germany's most dynamic cities in an entirely different way. This urban cycle adventure will uncover the diversity of Berlin offering a unique insight into the numerous faces of the city, marked by historical adversity yet celebrated in the vibrancy of the landscapes and landmarks which define it. The 160km loop structure that was brought down in 1989 has now given rise to the Wall Trail (Mauerweg) and cycling along the former border line between East and West Germany is the ideal way to stop and soak in the history of the many check points, that are now sites of interest, as well as other fascinating relics. During this circuit ride from Oranienburg through Berlin and passing by important sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of peace, and Checkpoint Charlie, once separating the American-controlled zone of West Berlin from the Soviet-controlled East Berlin. The ride along the former patrol roads takes in forests and grand parks, such as the World Heritage listed parks and palaces of Potsdam, namely the Sanssouci palace complex, where philosopher Voltaire once stayed and the Spandau Forest, on a circuit returning to Oranienburg. At night stay in comfortable hotels chosen for their location and service.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

On arrival in Berlin, take the S-bahn to Oranienburg, a journey of just under one hour. If you arrive early you may wish to take an excursion to the nearby Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial (free entry). Please note that if you arrive on a Sunday, the supermarkets and most shops are closed. Your rental bike/s will be waiting for you at the hotel. Overnight in Oranienburg.

Meals:  Nil

Your first day's adventure begins by cycling through the nature conservation area Tegeler Fliess and soon after you will join the Berlin Wall Trail (Berlin Mauerweg) proper. You'll come across your first watchtower and some orange steles, which are common along the route and provide information about people who lost their lives trying to cross the wall. Following the path of the former Wall south along the edge of Reinickendorf (former West Berlin) via Niederschönhausen (former East Berlin) in the direction of Pankow you will reach Wedding. Cycle through the Mauerpark to Bernauer Street. Pass the Nordbahnhof and continue between Berlin's city centre and the district of Wedding until you reach the former border crossing, 'Invalidenstrasse'. Cross the Spree river on the Kronprinzen Bridge to the Reichstag and the grand 18th-century Brandenburg Gate, iconic symbol of reunification and peace. You are now in the middle of Berlin! Divided during the Cold War, today Berlin has a vibrant art scene and nightlife. Reminders of the city's turbulent history include the Holocaust Memorial, the graffiti-ed remains of the Berlin Wall, and its eclectic architecture. A truly fascinating city to explore, don't miss the Schloss Charlottenburg, World Heritage listed Museum Island and Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Neue Nationalgalerie.

Meals:  B

Today's ride heads through the heart of the city of Berlin, from the Brandenburg Gate along the path of the former Berlin Wall. Take time to enjoy the sights in the city centre before continuing to Potsdamer Platz city square. Continue to the former border control Checkpoint Charlie, where you may want to visit the Border Museum. Continue following the path of the former Wall alongside the city district of Kreuzberg, over the Spree River, to the Ostbahnhof. Here you will find a remnant of the Berlin Wall called The East Side Gallery, which has been transformed into a wall of art. It is the largest remaining section of the wall. You may want to make a quick stop at the Soviet monument in Treptow Park before continuing through Treptow's small summer garden area to the former Sonnenallee border crossing (which featured in Leander Hausmann's 1999 film of that name). The first German airport for engine-powered airplanes was built in 1909 in nearby Adlershof. On reaching Schonefeld, continue past Bukow and outlying areas to Teltow. Overnight in or near Teltow.

Meals:  B

Today's ride is shorter to allow you more time to explore the many sights in Potsdam. Cycle the route of the 'Stammbahn', the first Prussian train to run from Potsdamer Platz to Potsdam in 1838. Along the way you will pass the former border control point of Dreilinden. Crossing over the Konigsweg you will cycle through the Berlin forest towards Babelsberg and Potsdam. The ride diverts from the main Berlin Wall Trail so you can view the Glienicke Bridge, where spies were exchanged, from a different angle (you will ride over it tomorrow morning). In the afternoon, you can explore this former royal capital and garrison town or visit the Sanssouci palace and terraced gardens. Overnight in Potsdam.

Meals:  B

Leaving Potsdam, ride along the Havel River and through Babelsberg Park. The Babelsberg Palace has a cafe where you can take a leisurely pause. Continue past the Glienicker Bridge, along the banks of the Havel River. Ride through the Berlin forest past the island, Pfaueninsel, and on to Lake Wannsee. Afterwards, take the ferry (not included - allow EUR10 pp) to Kladow and ride through the Gross Glienicker moorland towards Staaken. Leaving Staaken, you'll head north through the Spandau Forest to Nieder Neuendorf and Henningsdorf, before leaving the Berlin Wall Trail and following the Berlin to Copenhagen bike path back to Oranienburg.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts - buffet style with breads, spreads, cheese, often meats and cereals, coffee, tea, juice
  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities
  • 24 or 8 speed rental bike with pannier and repair kit (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (one set per room booked). GPS Tracks are available on request
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to/from Oranienburg
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entry fees to sights, for example:
  • • Kreismuseum Oberhavel in Schloss Oranienburg, approx. 5-8 € / person
  • • Zitadelle Berlin Spandau, approx. 3-5 € / person
  • • Sanssouci+ ticket, approx. 20 € / person (allows one visit to all open castles of SPSG in Potsdam on one day incl. fixed entry time at Schloss Sanssouci (excluded: Schloss Sacrow, Jagdschloss Stern in Potsdam, special exhibitions)
  • Note: booking & payment for sightseeing and entrance fees is payable locally; prices above are subject to change)
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Helmet - not available for hire. Can be purchased locally.
  • Visitor's tax (app EUR1-5 per person per night payable directly to the hotel)
  • Ferry Wannsee – Kladow, approx. 10 € / person

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE - Grade 2 This trip involves 4 days cycling with cycling stages from 25 to 50km / 15.5 to 31mi per day with gradual ascent and descent. The terrain on this tour is flat with occasional hills however weather conditions can impact on the riding difficulty. Most of the tour is on quiet roads or bike paths in the city. If you are not familiar with cycling with light to moderate traffic conditions, it is recommended that you practise this before you travel. This trip requires a good level of fitness. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets are worn.


Departure dates

Weekly on Saturday 30 Apr to 24 Sep

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
high season is from 14 May to 17 Sep - supplement applies
DN2
Other departure days on request for minimum of 4 people.The last stage from Potsdam to Oranienburg can be shortened by train
DN3
Ferry (allow €10 pp) and entrance fees to sights (allow max €35 pp) not included

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Total Priceper person from

$890USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$90
  • Single SupplementUSD$250
*Prices listed are per person

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