- Bike tour of Berlin's WWII sites
- Hear about Berlin during the Third Reich and Nazi control
- Visit the Jewish ghetto, air raid shelters and bunkers
- A great tour for history buffs
- Bike and helmet rental included
What You Can Expect
Highlights of this tour include:
- Seeing Jewish businesses destroyed during the infamous Nazi Night of Broken Glass, as well as the monumental New Synagogue that survived that night, at least.
- Exploring the destroyed remnants of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin's old main train station, both heavily bombed during air raids, that still stand as a grim reminder to the damages of war.
- Visiting one of the few remaining functional air raid shelters, which was topped with anti-aircraft guns, and was filled way beyond occupancy during the Allied Battle of Berlin.
- Understanding Hitler's immense plan for Berlin, once it would become the Reich capital of Germania, by seeing what remains of Hitler's old government installations.
- Honoring the resistance movements against the Third Reich, particularly the assassination attempts on Hitler, at the Memorial of the July 20th, 1944
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.
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).
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.
Tim our guide was brilliant. He got the balance just right and helped us to understand the history of the tour. Bikes was comfortable and easy to handle. The route we followed mainly avoided the traffic and took us through parks and along cycle lanes. Would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Berlin.
We did the tour as a family, kids are 14 and 11. Ronan was our guide, very friendly with loads of knowledge and good stories.
We learned a lot and seen a lot of historical buildings and monuments.
Bikes were very fun and comfortable. Lunch in a beer garden!
We recommend this tour to everybody!!
Our Berlin bike tour was fantastic. Ciaran did a great job of keeping the group together and keeping our interest throughout the tour. There were 2 young girls that were in our group and he included them from the start of the tour. Excellent. Highly recommend.
Another fun way to see a fabulous city and hear about a sensitive subject
Very interresting, very good guide
A great tour with a very enthusiastic and passionate guide. Ceiron from Fat Tire Tours was brilliant and made our tour very enjoyable despite the heavy topic. He was mindful of our group and regularly kept count and in particular, waited for all bikers to cross the roads safely. At times Ceiron through in a few extra stops over and above the dedicated tour. It ended up being six hours and we enjoyed every minute.
This was a great way to see the many sights in Berlin. Our guide, Kate, was fantastic and passionate about sharing her knowledge with the group.
A fabulous way to see and learn about Berlin in more depth. Guide Kate was lively, informative and explained a very complex subject with great sensitivity. Riding a bike is the best way to get around and see things in Berlin. It is a very bike friendly city, and you'll be surprised how quiet the streets are; much of the riding is on wide sidewalks.
Our guide was Kate and she was outstanding. So much so we actually tipped her MORE than the cost of the tour which was such a bargain. She knew her history and delivered the difficult subject matter with sensitivity and compassion.
My husband and our fifteen year old son have just returned from Berlin. and this is what they said:
"The highlight of our trip to Berlin was undoubtedly the 3rd Reich tour on wed 2nd July with fat tire bike tours.
Neil from Manchester was our tour guide and he was brilliant-he really brought history to life with his knowledge of his subject when we stopped at the different sites in Berlin.
Berlin was a pleasure to cycle around-the bike is really king here!
Berlin was a clean, safe and friendly city and I would love to go back there again"