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Berlin: Havel, Oder and Spree round trip

Havel, Oder and Spree landscapes - On nice bike trails around Berlin.

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8 Days / 7 Nights
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899.00 €
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Let the beautiful surroundings of Berlin and the way the splendidly constructed bike trails encircle the federal capital impress you. We tested the route for you to compose a worthwhile mix of the newly-built trails. The region Berlin-Brandenburg is very rich of water plains and forests, which makes of the roundtrip of 350km length a unique experience very close to nature. You will cycle through the Schorfheide (one of the largest cohesive woodlands in Germany) to the second deepest and surely most beautiful lake of Brandenburg, the Werbellinsee, to continue across the impressive landscape of the Oderbruch. The gentle hills of the Mark Brandenburg will lead you to the Müggelsee, the biggest lake of Berlin. The dreamlike landscape around the castle of Oranienburg where an electress used to reside, the Cistercian monastery in Chorin and the lift lock in Niederfinow, known as a masterpiece of constructional engineering. On this tour, you will get to know the Havel bike trail, the Oder-Neiße-bike trail, the trail of the Oderbruch-railway, Europe’s R1 bike trail and the Berlin Wall bike trail. The paths are mostly paved, well signposted and often off the country roads; short sections run on cobblestone or sand. Except for a few hills on the edge of the Oderbruch or in Märkische Schweiz, the route is mostly flat and is ideally suited for all cycling enthusiasts with a normal level of fitness.

This trip is perfect for:

  • City fans: If you love urban flair, then Berlin is the place for you!
  • River enthusiasts: There's plenty to discover on this tour!
  • History buffs: If you're interested in history, Berlin is just the place to immerse yourself in German history.

Highlights

City of Potsdam
A walk through the times is a stroll through Potsdam's inner city. Those arriving by boat or by train arrive at the birthplace of the city: at the Alter Markt.

Potsdam

The Dutch Quarter in Potsdam
Right next to the former French Quarter is the Dutch Quarter. 134 red Dutch houses in 4 carts were built by the architect Jan Bouman from 1732 on the orders of the soldier king in Potsdam.

Dutch Quarter

Filmpark Babelsberg
Directly at the gates of Berlin, the Filmpark Babelsberg invites you to a world of film and television.

Filmpark Babelsberg

Palaces and Gardens in Potsdam
Over a period of more than three centuries, the best architects, landscape planners and artisans of their time were commissioned by the Brandenburg-Prussian rulers.

Palaces and Gardens in Potsdam

The Old Town of Spandau
The urban outline of Spandau was already developed in the 13th century and can still be traced back to the old town. The structure of buildings has constantly changed over the centuries as a result of fires, wars, and demolitions. 

The Old Town of Spandau

Spandau Citadel
Spandau Citadel is considered the best preserved Renaissance fortification in northern Europe. There has been a fort on this site since the 11th century. 

Spandau Citadel

St. Nikolai Church Spandau
The St. Nikolai Church, completed in the 15th century, is one of the few architectural examples from the Middle Ages. It is the urban center of the old town and its tower characterizes the Spandau town silhouette.

St. Nikolai Church Spandau

Oranienburg Palace
The oldest baroque castle of the Mark Brandenburg (from 1652) lies in the historical center of Oranienburg directly on the Havel river. 

Oranienburg Palace

Chorin Monastery
The Chorin monastery, a former Cistercian abbey, is located near the village of Chorin, about six kilometers north of Eberswalde. The monastery was founded in 1258 by askan margraves and has a far-reaching significance on the edge of the influence of the Askanians in the north to the Slav border.

Chorin Monastery

Rüdersdorf Museum Centre
The Museumspark Rüdersdorf is a large open-air industrial museum in Rüdersdorf near Berlin. It documents the extraction and processing of limestone from Rüdersdorfer Kalkberg. Only in a few places in the north German lowland limestone comes to the surface.

Rüdersdorf Museum Centre

Müggelturm
The excursion destination Müggelturm is located on the western slope of the "Kleiner Müggelberg". It stands at an altitude of 88 m. 

Müggelturm

Berlin: Havel, Oder and Spree round trip

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
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899.00 €
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Tour

Look forward to the former Prussian residence city of Potsdam. It is characterized by unique palaces and gardens along the Havel: Sanssouci, Neuer Garten, Babelsberg, Glienicke, Pfaueninsel and Sacrow have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1990.

Arrival to Potsdam main station / parking lot at the hotel / rental bikes at the hotel.

In Potsdam you cycle through the city center first to the historic Glienicke Bridge and from here you follow the "Berliner Mauerweg" cycle path to the banks of the lake Großer Wannsee. Always close to the shore, you roll comfortably on the Havel cycle path to the old town of Spandau with the citadel and the Gatower post mill.
Continue on the well-developed Havel cycle path via Hennigsdorf and Birkenwerder to your destination of the day, Oranienburg, with the renovated castle and the restored park. Since the State Horticultural Show in 2009, the dream landscape of Electress Louise Henriette von Oranien has shone in new splendor and is worth a nice tour at the end of the day.

The very well implemented bike trails will lead you along the waterside and through the Schorfheide today. past the Langer Trödel (area of stagnant water, no longer navigable today) to the watergate of Zerpenschleuse, past the Finow-channel to Marienwerder and finally to the Werbellinsee. The untouched landscape is sparsely populated and offers plenty of space for small discoveries: the local history museum in the former city prison of Liebenwalde, the boatmen's houses on the 400-year-old Finow Canal and last but not least the Neo-gothic village church that seems much too big for Marienwerder. The day ends at the hotel right by the shore of the Werbellinsee, in the middle of this wonderful nature.

The first few kilometres of the day lead past the crystal clear Werbellinsee, measuring up to 55 metres in depth, to Joachimstal. This is where Emperor Wilhelm II. had a unique train station constructed in Norwegian country house- style so that he could travel into the Schorfheide to go hunting more comfortably. Today, the Emperor’s station has been redone to shine in its former glory again. Not far from here, a wide viewing platform allows enjoying a spectacular panorama view over the biosphere reservoir of Schorfheide-Chorin. Through a beautiful landscape, you will continue along the Grimnitzsee to Chorin, where a short side trip of 3 km to the Cistercian monastery of Chorin is a worthwhile idea. From here, the Mönchsheide, an almost deserted strip of land, leads to the lift lock of Niederfinow. It is the oldest one of its kind in Germany that is still active today. Overnight stay in Oderberg or Hohenwutzen directly on the Oder River.

Today you will experience a completely different landscape! The Oderbruch and the Oder form a unique natural landscape in Europe. By 1762, the inland delta of the Oderbruch, formed in the Weichselian glaciation, was drained under the Prussian King Friedrich II and settled with newly built street villages as planned. You follow the river for a few kilometers on the Oder-Neisse cycle path directly on the Oder dike. Here you will experience a breathtaking, extremely sparsely populated landscape on the border with neighboring Poland. Following a closed down railway line, you will then cycle further inland to Wriezen before you follow the long-distance track (Radfernweg) Brandenburg through the hilly Märkische Schweiz. In the afternoon you can look forward to the small SPA- town of Buckow with its remarkable Brecht-Weigel-Haus at the Schermützelsee.

From Buckow, the pearl of Märkische Schweiz, you cycle through many small villages to Rüdersdorf near Berlin. Take a short detour to the Museum Park Rüdersdorf, which tells the story of lime mining. Visit the former furnaces and transport facilities and see how the old industrial plants worked. The "Gerhard-Hauptmann-Stadt" Erkner with its interesting museum and the Müggelsee is now quickly reached. Look forward to your hotel by the lake, where you can enjoy the beautiful idyll in the Biergarten at the end of the day.

From the Müggelsee you cycle right through the forest to the Müggelturm tower, which offers you a fantastic view over the greenest district of Berlin. A small ferry (not included) takes you from Wendenschloss over the Dahme to Grünau, where you will come across the Berlin Wall Trail a short time later. Follow this along the southern outskirts of Berlin on the trail of the more recent german history and come across many commemorative plaques and memorials. On the Teltow Canal you continue via the former Dreilinden checkpoint to Babelsberg and there along the famous film park to the historic city center of Potsdam and on to the starting point of your tour.

Your lovely roundtrip around Berlin and Potsdam ends after breakfast at the hotel.

Map

Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast (in Category B and in Potsdam in Category A)
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

Worth knowing about the bike tour Berlin: Havel, Oder and Spree round trip

Below you will find specific information about the bike tour: "Berlin: Havel, Oder and Spree round trip". If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Arrival by train

Potsdam is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Our partner hotels are all within walking distance of several stations in Potsdam. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

Our partner hotels provide parking possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. The costs are between 8,00 Euro and 18,00 Euro per day (as of 2023), payable locally. A reservation is not possible. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.

Condition of cycle paths

In this bicycle journey "Berlin: Havel, Oder and Spree round trip" you cycle on a variety of different bike paths and small side streets. The selected cycle routes have been created or paved within the last years and therefore of the highest quality. But there are also short passages of dirt road, the route is mostly flat. On day 4 and day 5 in the Schorfheide and the Märkischen Schweiz there are some hilly sections. 

Costs which are not included in the travel price

A possibly resulting tourist tax, all boat trips and ferry rides are not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally.

7 days hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

For all those who want to combine comfort with sustainability and only require digital travel documents, we grant a discount of € 20.00 per room.
Please let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to use printed or digital travel documents.

Available rental bikes

7 speed bike
27 speed bike
Velociped E-Bike
7 speed bike

We would recommend the 7-speed tourer for all those that are looking for a back-pedal brake and wide gel seat for maximum comfort in an upright sitting position. It is equipped with a simple hub gear shift and is perfectly suited to tours on flat to slightly hilly terrain.

27 speed bike

The 27-speed tourer is the best choice for cyclists that value the advantages of the dérailleur gear shift for flexibility whilst going up and down hills. This bike allows you to be a little more active without compromising on saddle comfort and practical everyday suitability.

Velociped E-Bike

 

E-bikes combine a lot of advantages. The electric drive ensures a completely relaxed cycling, even during long tours or on hilly routes. Other features, such as a suspension seat post and front fork plus well-tuned gears, ensure additional riding comfort.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Steffi Groß

Travel Expert

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