Guided Bike Tours in Berlin – Discovering Berlin’s secrets by bicycle

Activities, Tours on November 12, 2011 10:01 am
   

You know the feeling; you’re in the city for the first time, and can hardly wait to get out and explore your surroundings. You’re curious to learn all there is to know, and have a seemingly endless mental list of things that you absolutely have to see.

For many visitors, taking part in a guided bike tour is the ideal way to get to know Berlin, and gain a good general overview of this large, sometimes imposing city.

Berlin was the starting point for numerous important historical events, not only here in Germany, but also in the world at large. On top of that, Berlin is a pretty sizable city. So how, as a Berlin visitor or new resident, can you best get your bearings?

You probably took a bus tour on your recent visits to other cities. But here in Berlin, you’re definitely better off taking a guided bike tour, pedalling your way through town, accompanied by well-qualified guides and other kindred spirits.

Still not convinced? Here are the advantages, at a glance
    • You’ll be giving your feet a break
    • You can breathe in crisp, fresh air the entire time
    • Let’s face it – bus tours are not everyone’s cup of tea, and exploring on foot takes too long
    • Berlin is a flat city geographically, with plenty of bike paths
    • You avoid those long lines typically associated with sightseeing bus tours
    • On a bike, you’ve always got a window seat, but without that annoying pane of glass
    • And, at the end of the day, it’s just plain fun.Be honest – when was the last time you actually took a bike tour?

The staff at Fat Tire Bike Tours don’t just rent bicycles, they also offer great tours of the city. Whether you choose to take part in the compact City Tour, or go out on one of the themed sightseeing excursions, the guides at Fat Tire have tons of stories to tell, and are entertaining to boot.

Why do we recommend Fat Tire Bike Tours?
  • The tour guides reveal interesting details and anecdotes about the city – there’s no pesky audio guide voice in your ear
  • There are numerous stops along the route, which means you’ll have plenty of time to bombard your guides with questions
  • The tours are not overly strenuous. No long distances or quick stretches – just comfortably-paced bike riding for anyone and everyone
  • Wide saddles for your cycling comfort – easy navigation and steering on 3-speed bikes
  • Bicycles are newly purchased every year, so they’re always state-of-the-art and very safe.

So all that’s left is for us to say, “Hop on those bikes and get on your way. Berlin awaits you!”

Information about the tours

The City Tour is 15 kilometres long, and takes approximately 4 and a half hour. On this tour, you’ll learn about the history of Prussia, the 20th century, and the post-war era, as well as German reunification and present-day Berlin. Some of the stops include Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Cathedral, the Reichstag, the Soviet Memorial, and the Victory Column.

The Berlin Wall Tour is 16 kilometres long and also lasts about 4 and a half hours. On this journey, you’ll wend your way along the path of the wall, learn about divided Germany, and even stumble upon remnants of the former East Germany (DDR).

The Third Reich Tour concerns itself entirely with Nazi Germany. Along the 14 kilometre route, you’ll pass by former air-raid shelters and Nazi bunkers, as well as old buildings used by the Nazis, and original theatres of war.

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Book with Fat Tire Bike Tours

Website: http://fattirebiketours.com/berlin
Phone: English: +49 (0)30 24 04 79 91


Opening hours
(Meeting point is at the main entrance of the TV Tower)

City Tour:
Dec.1st to Feb. 28th.: Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:00 AM
March 1st to April 30th: Daily at 11:00 AM
May 1st to Sept. 30th.: Daily at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Oct. 1st to Nov. 30th.: Daily at 11:00 AM

Berlin Wall Tour:
April 1st to Oct. 31st: Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
at 10:30 AM

Third Reich/ Nazi Germany:
April 1st to Oct. 31st: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
at 10:30 AM

Please note: Those of you wishing to request a tour in the off-season should send an e-mail to:Berlin@FatTireBikeTours.com

Languages
German, English, and Spanish
Please note: A third tour entitled “Third Reich / Nazi Germany” is available in English and Spanish.

Prices

Methods of payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)

How to get there
Meeting point Alexanderplatz
U-Bahn (Underground): Alexanderplatz U2 & U5 & U8
S-Bahn (Suburban Train): Alexanderplatz S3, S5, S7, S75
Tram: M2, M4, M5, M6
Bus: M48, 100, 200, 248

Meeting point Bahnhof Zoo, Hardenberg Platz 9-11(only tours in german)
Hardenberg Platz 9-11
U-Bahn (Underground): U2 & U9
S-Bahn (Suburban Train): S3, S5, S7, S75
Bus: X9, X10, X34, 100, 109, 110, 200, 204, 245, 249, M45, M46, M49

Additional notes
  • Reservations are not required
  • Please remember that tours occur on different days and at different times, depending on the language in which they are conducted.

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