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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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A non-strenuous way to see more of the former East, more of the Wall, and more of what makes Berlin the unique city it is today, this Berlin bike tour delves deeper into the darkest time in Berlin's history - The Cold War. Regardless if this is your first trip to Berlin of if you already feel like 'ein Berliner', this is a great way to see the city.

Highlights

  • Bike tour along the sites of the Berlin Wall
  • Learn about Berlin during the Cold War
  • Hear about life on both sides of the wall
  • Explore the impressive Soviet Memorial at Treptower Park
  • A great tour for history buffs

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What You Can Expect

Berlin Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War

Berlin Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War

An extremely insightful four and a half hour tour, leisurely covering about 6 miles (10 kilometers) by bike. This pervasive tour covers why Berlin was divided and how, the Berlin Airlift, tales of espionage by both the Allies and feared East German secret police (Stasi), the downfall of communism, how Berlin is dealing with its past and much, much more.

Your tour begins with an orientation to the Berlin Wall and the route you will follow, before hopping on your comfortable bikes. You go down the former main boulevard of East Berlin to reach the longest stretch of Berlin Wall still remaining - more than 3,300 feet (1 kilometer) of graffiti-painted Wall. Bike along more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) of where the Wall existed to understand the differences (many still existing) between life on both sides of the Wall.

You'll also visit the impressive Soviet Memorial at Treptower Park which buries more than 5'000 fallen Soviet soldiers from the final weeks of the Battle for Berlin and learn more about the Stalinist propaganda of the stone reliefs lining the memorial.

After a lunch break (not included), the tour continues with additional checkpoints, escape attempt stories (some successful, some not), the last of the round deathstrip watchtowers, Potsdamer Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and much more.

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Safety:
Because there is so much to see in Berlin and this city is so bike friendly, simply the best way to see this city is by bike. The tour takes advantage of the many bike paths the city offers - more than 95% of the tour is on bike paths and through parks. When you do ride on the streets, ride along the less-traveled roads. All insurance is included.

Bikes:
Ultra-hard seats? Razor-thin tires? Not on this tour! With new curvy beach cruisers these bikes are the pinnacles of city-biking comfort. With cushy seats, fat tires and handlebars that come up to meet you, it just doesn't get more relaxed. Of course these bikes perform as well. There are vice-like brakes to make sure you stop quickly. And with multiple gears, you can choose your level of pedal-pushing effort (all bikes also come with fun bells and unique names making these quite possibly the coolest bikes on the planet).

Weather:
Ride rain or shine. The weather in Berlin can vary quickly, so you may want to bring a light jumper or rain jacket. The bikes come equipped with bike racks if you don't need to wear it. Also, a limited number of gloves and rain jackets are available, but again, it's better to be on the safe side and plan ahead.

Regardless if this is your first trip to Berlin of if you already feel like "ein Berliner", this is a great way to see the city and understand what makes Berlin so special. Here are just some of the many reasons why:

  • Berlin is a very flat, bike-friendly city and our tours take advantage of this by riding almost exclusively on bike paths and less-traveled roads.
  • You'll stop every few hundred meters to discuss the sights, so tours aren't the least bit strenuous.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was wonderful! The guide was amusing! Thanks a lot!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Kevin our guide from Philadelphia was really great. He was a wonderful "storyteller" bringing this period of Berlin's history to life. Riding our bikes 6 miles throughout the city on its streets, through parks, neighborhoods, over bridges and learning along the way was truly an enjoyable memorable experience. Lunch at "Rissani" was delicious! What a fantastic way to see part of this huge city!

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