Our Berlin Wall Ride Tours

PRIVATE GUIDED Berlin Wall Ride Tours

"Trace one of the most significant stretches of the Berlin Wall by bike..."

Until 1989, West Berlin stood as an island of capitalism inside the socialist state of East Germany. Surrounded by 160km of ‘Death Strip’ – an inhospitable forbidden zone designed to stop East Germans fleeing West featuring barbed wire fence, anti-vehicle traps, guard towers, guard dogs – and bizarrely, thousands of metropolitan rabbits.

With the Fall of the Wall, much of this area was enthusiastically destroyed – few pieces of the Berlin Wall remain in the city. Fearful that the lessons of the Wall would vanish with its physical form, the Berlin government eventually agreed to establish a bicycle route along the entire 160km historic path of the Berlin Wall – known in German as the Mauerweg.

"What was once deadly to humans, has now come to be emblematic of the modern values the city of Berlin strives to embrace..."

Pedalling the entire stretch of the Berlin Wall in the company of one of our expert guides ensures not only will you have the confidence and direction to complete the route but that you get the chance to experience the route for what it is – one of the most historically important stretches of cycle path on the planet. Cruise through Checkpoint Charlie, visit the Bridge of Spies, the first border crossing to open in 1989, the longest graffiti gallery in the world, and much more. All with the rolling commentary from one of our expert team of riders.

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Berlin Wall Ride - Graffiti on the East Side Gallery

Our Berlin Wall Ride tours are a unique way of celebrating how the Hammer & Sickle became the Hammer & Chisel – while enjoying the relaxing beauty that the outskirts of Berlin and the agricultural state of Brandenburg surrounding the city has to offer.

The tour is designed for small groups, bike hire can be included in the price. If you have a large group and require more bikes, let us know and we can make arrangements for company outings/team building or just group adventures.

The route is mainly asphalt surface with a segregated bicycle route, which means little sharing of the ride with road traffic and pedestrians. Ideal bike riding conditions, with the rare patch of traditional Brandenburg sand and gravel and some grassier sections. There are a number of suitable spots for fueling up along the route, depending on the day of the week/time of the year. Classic German bakeriesbeer gardens and restaurants. Alternatively, we can arrange for all sorts of supplies (protein bars, gels and snacks) for more determined riders looking to hit the route harder.

Note:
(All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients’ needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour. If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at info@berlinexperiences.com)

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Berlin Wall Ride - Mauerweg Posts

One Day Route Option:
Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, previously inaccessible during the Cold War period as it sat in the ‘Death Strip’ of the Berlin Wall, the tour continues north along the path of the Mauerweg – a clockwise route around former West Berlin. Travelling through the current German government quarter you’ll snake past the site of Ronald Reagan’s 1987 ‘Tear Down This Wall’ speech, past the Reichstag building and German Chancellor’s office before crossing the river Spree to head towards the central Hauptbahnhof train station.

The tour then reaches the site of the first Berlin Wall fatality caused by East German bullets – as Gunter Litfin tried to escape East Berlin and was confronted by armed transportation police (a guard tower now commemorates this death) – and the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Documentation Centre. To the site of the famous Conrad Schumann escape in 1961 and Mauerpark (home to one of the city’s most famous flea markets). The first border crossing to open in 1989, the Bösebrucke (sometimes known as Bornholmer Strasse) is the next stop, as the tour continues through the district of Pankow to the Barnim plateau and the sandy land of the state of Brandenburg that surrounds Berlin. Through quaint villages, open fields and lush meadows, the tour snakes westward into the beautiful Spandau Forest before dipping south to end the day by crossing the Wannsee lake by ferry from Alt-Kladow. There are plenty of opportunities to stop during the summer months to swim or picnic break by the water, as the first day route passes along the banks of the Nieder-Neuendorffer See and theHavel.  Not only does the tour pass near the Tegel Airport, built by French occupation forces in 1948, but also the former British airstrip at Gatow. 

The single day option of the tour will then finish in Berlin’s neighbouring city of Potsdam – once the royal retreat for Prussian Kings and German Emperor.

For the more adventerous we also offer a single day – all inclusive 160km route ride. Or our two day option dividing the route in half.

Feel free to get in touch for more details!

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Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you're an early bird or late sleeper. Whether you prefer to start at your accomodation or elsewhere.

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Our tours offers include VAT, booking & guide fees, transportation and driver fees (where applicable), and mandatory German tour insurances.

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We accept major credit card payments through our secure online Stripe/Paypal gateway. Direct bank transfer is also possible.

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All reservations can be cancelled via email up to one month before the first tour date - subject to a 25% cancellation fee.

Tailor Made Tour Guiding

Berlin Experiences - Matt With Clients

Perfect for individuals, families, groups, schools, and companies

- Choose Your Tour Option -

We tailor all of our tours for our clients to include any sights/sites you may want to visit and learn more about. Feel free to contact us via the contact box at the bottom of the page for a personalised offer.

From 100€ per person

private guided group tour

  • Full Day Berlin Wall Ride
  • Expert Guide Included
  • Mixed Group Rate
  • Incl. Scheduled Breaks & Lunch Stop (not included in price)

From 700€ per group

private guided group tour

  • Full Day Berlin Wall Ride
  • Expert Guide Included
  • Private Group Rate
  • Incl. Scheduled Breaks & Lunch Stop (not included in price)

From 1400€ per group

PRIVATE GUIDED Group TOUR

  • Two Day Berlin Wall Ride
  • Expert Guide Included
  • Private Group Rate
  • Incl. Scheduled Breaks & Lunch Stop (not included in price)

Our Berlin Wall Ride Tour Blog Posts

Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Berlin Wall Ride tours:

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7 Places For A Secret Rendezvous In Berlin

We all have secrets—and sometimes those secrets require us to meet up with others in the outside world without anyone taking notice of our rendezvous. Maybe you need to hold an important business meeting that your other colleagues or professional competitors can’t know about.

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Berlin Experiences - The Big Three In Potsdam (Truman, Stalin, Churchill)

Potsdam Conference 1945: Day-By-Day

This month we take a look back at the Potsdam Conference. Seventeen days in the summer of 1945 that would change the course of human history forever. The first, and last time, that US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would meet.

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Berlin Experiences - The Berlin Wall Escapes

Eight Strangest Berlin Wall Escapes

As of Monday the 5th of February 2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for longer than it stood: 28 years, 3 months, and 28 days. In our latest blog post we take a look at eight strange Berlin Wall escapes and the desperate lengths people would go to escape from the German Democratic Republic.

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Cold War Tour Of Berlin - Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Memorial

Ten Great Reasons To Tour The Berlin Wall

You’d be hard pressed to find a piece of concrete as historically significant as the Berlin Wall. No trip to Berlin would be complete without a tour of what remains of that infamous concrete barrier constructed by the East German goverment over 150 km long around the capitalist island of West Berlin.

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BER Airport - the Fiasco Flughafen

Berlin Brandenburg Airport – Behind The Scenes

Mired in controversy, Berlin’s International Airport remains unfinished, more than five years after its planned opening. An absurd saga complete with malpractice, staggering incompetence, bribery, whistleblowing and organisational myopia. We’ve gathered this photo gallery from a recent behind the scenes private guided tour of Berlin’s most problematic building site – the fiasco Flughafen.

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Friedrich Engels - Gravedigger of Capitalism

On this day: Friedrich Engels, Prussian political theorist and ‘gravedigger of capitalism’, is born (28th November 1820)

In 1842, the 22-year-old Friedrich Engels travelled to tend to family business near Manchester, England. Sent by his father to protect the family investment in a cotton manufacturing firm in Salford, with the added paternal hope that exposing his son to the realities of business would rid him of his increasingly radical leanings.

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