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Berlin Wall Bike Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • Activities

    Bike Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $32 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Avg Distance


  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    April to October: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10am and Thursday at 3pm; November to March: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday at 10am

  • Starting Location

    Berlin Bike Tour Shop, Bornholmer Straße 75, Berlin, 10439

  • Price Includes

    Bike hire for 4 hours and the services of a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide.

  • Notes

    Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people. Reduced price for students and disabled persons (29$).


  • Stops on our tour: - former border-crossing station Bornholmerstraße/'Place of Nov. 9th 1989' - Gleim Tunnel - Mauerpark - Bernauerstraße - Nordbahnhof-Trainstation - former border-crossing station Chausseestraße - memorial for Günter Litfin/original Watchtower - invalids cemetery - former border-crossing Invalidenstraße - Parliament of trees - Reichstag Spree-shores - Brandenburg Gate - Potsdamer Platz - Checkpoint Charlie - Palace of Tears
  • We will not only see the well known stations of the Berlin Wall, we will also tell you stories from Berlin life then and now.
  • Our bike tour groups have a maximum of 8 people, ensuring that you have a much more personal and safe experience than many other tour companies offer. "Mass tourism is a foreign word to us."


Trip Info

The Berlin Wall was built by the German Democratic Republic (GDR), under the leadership of Walter Ulbricht, in August 1961. At a press conference on 15 June 1961 he said:

‘I interpret your question such that there are people in West Germany, who desire us to mobilise construction workers of the capital of the GDR to erect a wall. I am not aware of such intention. Our capital’s construction workers are mainly engaged with building homes, and that is what their entire manpower is dedicated to. Nobody intends to build a wall!’

Only two months later, on 13 August 1961, GDR armed forces sealed off the border between East and West Berlin and erected barriers. The Berlin wall, also known as the ‘anti-fascist protection wall’ in the GDR, remained a part of the intra-German border for over 28 years. Until 9th November 1989, the day the wall came down, it separated West Berlin from East Berlin and from the GDR territory surrounding the city. Hundreds of people were killed trying to overcome the heavily guarded border, which covered over 167.8 kilometres in length. The exact number of deaths is controversial and not conclusive. According to current research it is somewhere between 136 and 206.

Today, over 20 years later, many parts of the former wall strip hardly show any signs of the misanthropic ‘anti-fascist protection wall.’ We have tracked down some remaining traces in the areas between the famous crossings at Bornholmer Straße (from the East Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg to its western neighbour Wedding) and at Checkpoint Charlie (from East Berlin Mitte to western Kreuzberg). On the three to four-hour tour you will learn how the cherry trees came to be planted on the border strip at Bornholmer Straße, where the Monday Demonstrations originated, and where to find an original part of the Berlin Wall (including death strip), stretching over 212 meters. Or why there are metal images of rabbits embedded in asphalt. In a lot of places, the course of the Wall can still be followed today, as it is demarcated by pavestones in the ground.

You will have the unique opportunity of going through the Brandenburg Gate on wheels, as this is only possible by bicycle. Regular traffic has been barred from passing through it for years. You will also learn how the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears) came to its name, and where on earth it is.

From Checkpoint Charlie, the last stop of the Berlin Wall Tour, we will cross the boroughs of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg and pass many interesting sites, e.g. the famous variety show venue Friedrichstadtpalast and the Charité Hospital, and then head back to Bornholmer Straße. We will pass many more sites during this tour, which you will just have to find out about there and then.

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