When in Berlin, Annabelle Mallia does as the Berliners do and jumps on a bike.
Cycling is well and truly ingrained in the Berlin culture, so start pedaling.
Agood sign of whether cycling has taken off in a city is the variety of people who do it. In Berlin, it’s everyone: businessmen in suits, older ladies in elegant fashions, and young moms with a bike seat on the back or trailer in tow. Cycling here is well and truly ingrained in the culture.
Although you can get around perfectly well on the city’s efficient public transport system, cycling in Berlin, particularly on a warm summer’s day, is a breeze. The German capital is almost completely flat and has more than 600k (373mi) of bike paths. Cyclists account for approximately 15 percent of total traffic, meaning drivers are very attuned to watching for bikes. What’s more, acquiring a bike is easy, with numerous rental stations across the city and reasonable prices, starting at € 8 per day.
Best of all is how much you can discover on two wheels, either on your own or as part of a guided bike tour with companies such as Fat Tire Bike Tours (www. fattirebiketours.com) or
Berlin on Bike (www. berlinonbike.de). Explore the city sights, enjoy a pleasant ride through Tiergarten park, follow the canals through multicultural Kreuzberg, or take a ride southwest to the city’s scenic lakes before continuing on to the ornate palaces of Potsdam. One of the most interesting and historical rides lies on the Berlin Wall Trail, which leads you along the course of the city’s former divide;
VisitBerlin (www. visitberlin.de) has all the details you’ll need for navigating. And if you’re too exhausted to pedal back home after a long day of sightseeing, you need only buy an extra Fahrrad ticket for your two-wheeled companion to accompany you on the S- or U- Bahn.