Havel, Oder and Spree landscapes
On nice bike trails around Berlin.
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, Europe’s widest forest, to the second deepest and surely most beautiful lake of Brandenburg, the Werbellinsee, to continue across the impressive landscape of the Oderbruch, shaped by the latest ice age. The gentle hills of the Mark Brandenburg will lead you to the Müggelsee, the biggest lake of Berlin. Be ready to discover the rich cultural and industrial history of the region: The dreamlike landscape around the only lately redone 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 well-paved and post-signed and far off the highways. Gravelled, sanded or cobbled paths are rather seldom. Except for few hills on the scarp of the Oderbruch or in the Mark Brandenburg, the route stays rather even and can easily be accomplished by any cyclist in average shape.
1. day Arriving in Potsdam
The former Prussian imperial seat Potsdam is characterised by stunning palaces and gardens extending along the Havel river: Sanssouci, Neuer Garten, Babelsber, Glienicke, Pfaueninsel and Sacrow have been part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1990. You should travel to the train station or to the parking facilities at the hotel to receive your rental bikes.
2. day Potsdam – Oranienburg (57 km if part of the way is accomplished by ferry / 76 km if the whole stage is done by bike)
Your bike tour starts in the town centre of Potsdam with an interesting boat trip to Sacrow. This is how you will comfortably pass the bridge of Glienicke, where important agents crossed from west to east and back during the Cold War. You will also come to enjoy the landscape of the Havel surrounded by the château park of Babelsberg, the public park of Glienicke and the Neuer Garten. Still in a comfortable pace, the Havel bike trail will then take you through forests and waters to the great Wannsee. If you wish to follow, the surroundings will invite for a short stop here and you will have the chance to visit the old town of Spandau or the post mill of Gatow. Today’s destination will be Oranienburg with the only lately refurbished palace and gardens. Since the state garden show in 2009, this dreamlike landscape once owned by electress Louise Henriette of Oranien has been shining in new splendour. Anyone who wishes to be a little more active in the morning may skip the ferry trip and continue on the European bike trail R1, the Berlin Wall trail and the Havel bike trail. These trails always stay close to the green riverside, far away from any traffic and add 19 more kilometres to the day.
3. day Oranienburg - Werbellinsee 52 km
The very well implemented bike trails will lead you along the waterside and through the Schorfheide today. Along the Oder-Havel-channel, not far from the Havel river, your route will take you to the small rural town of Liebenwalde, 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 nature is only densely populated and offers wide spaces for neat discoveries: the church and contemplativeness of Neuholland, the rehabilitated facades across the market place of Liebenwalde, the former town prison, the boatmen’s houses by the 400 years old Finow-channel 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.
4. day Werbellinsee - Hohenwutzen / Oder 63 km
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 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. Built in 1934, it has been conferred the title of the „historical emblem of constructional engineering in Germany”. Your hotel lies right ahead of you at the river Oder.
5. day Hohenwutzen - Buckow 45 km
Today you experience a unique natural landscape in Europe. From the hotel, you cycle high elevated 9 km on the Oder-Neiße cycle path. Enjoy wonderful views over the wide, quiet landscape. Following a disused railway line, you will then cycle further inland to Wriezen before you follow the long-distance cycle track (Radfernweg) Tour Brandenburg through the hilly Märkische Schweiz. In the afternoon you can look forward to the small excursion and spa town of Buckow with its remarkable Brecht-Weigel-Haus at the Schermützelsee.
6. day Buckow - Müggelsee 47 km
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 beautiful hotel directly on the lake and enjoy pure holiday atmosphere.
7. day Müggelsee - Potsdam 62 km
From the Müggelsee you cycle through the forest, where a detour to the Müggelturm is worthwhile. This spot offers you a fantastic view over the greenest district of Berlin. A small ferry takes you from Wendenschloss via the Dahme to Grünau, where you will arrive shortly afterwards at the Berlin Wall cycle path. Here you cycle on the traces of the very recent German history. Along the famous Babelsberger Filmpark you cycle to the historic city center of Potsdam and further on to the starting hotel of your round trip.
8. day Leaving Potsdam
Your lovely roundtrip around Berlin and Potsdam ends at the hotel.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
- 25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
- 15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour: "On new bike trails around Berlin". 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.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels always provide parking possibilities (subject to a fee) for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. 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 "on new bike trails around Berlin" 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. The selected trails are well signposted and the route is signposted throughout with additional Velociped stickers (white V on green background).
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
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.
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. Here, on the site of the oldest Potsdam bridge across the Havel River, a fortress stood in the early Middle Ages to secure an important trade route.
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. The complex, which is part of the Second Baroque City Extension, represents the largest closed Dutch building complex outside the Netherlands.
Directly at the gates of Berlin, the Filmpark Babelsberg invites you to a world of film and television. Everything relating to film production is on display for visitors: sets, props, costumes and technical equipment, both new or from the past. In the Dream Workers ateliers, set painters, stuccoers, make-up artists and costume designers give exclusive insight into their work and show how perfect illusions are created.
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
Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam
Cecilienhof is the castle, from 17 July to 2 August 1945 the Potsdam conference of the victorious powers of the Second World War took place. It is the last palace building of the Hohenzollerns. Emperor Wilhelm II had Cecilienhof built from 1914 to 1917 for his eldest son Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in the north of the New Garden. The architect was Paul Schultze-Naumburg, who was inspired by the English Tudor style. The castle, built of brick and wood, fits well into the natural environment. The castle now houses a hotel. In the museum one can find out about the Potsdam Agreement and the changing history of the house.
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. Rebuilding after the Second World War greatly affected the original structure of the cultural heritage. Despite this development, building types of the different building periods have been preserved. In their totality, they form the typical small-town mix that documents the history of several centuries and the location of Spandau between the provinces and the city.
Spandau Citadel is considered the best preserved Renaissance fortification in northern Europe. There has been a fort on this site since the 11th century. Completed in 1230, the Julius tower is one of the oldest surviving structures in Berlin. The citadel's current exterior was created at the end of the 16th century by Italian architects. Today, it is open to the public.
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.
The oldest baroque castle of the Mark Brandenburg (from 1652) lies in the historical center of Oranienburg directly on the Havel river. It goes back to a country seat, erected for the first wife of the Grand Elector, Louise Henriette, the Princess of Orange, from 1651 onwards. Her son, the later King Friedrich I, extended the castle from 1689 and equipped it splendidly. Around 1700, Oranienburg Palace was regarded as the most beautiful castle in the Prussian monarchy.
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. Although the abbots were able to steadily increase their influence and land ownership until the late 15th century, the secularization of the monastery took place as early as 1542. After secularization, the monastery was abandoned from 1550 to the beginning of the 19th century. After the buildings had a sad sight in the early nineteenth century, the reconstruction of the ruins was begun in 1817 under the direction of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The horticultural environment was designed by Peter Joseph Lenné.
Niederfinow Ship Lift
The Niederfinow ship lift is the oldest still operating ship lift in Germany and a protected industrial monument. It is located on the Oder-Havel-Kanal and crosses the height difference of 36 meters between the canal and the Oder. After a construction period of 7 years, the ship lift was handed over to traffic on 21 March 1934. The Niederfinow ship lift is a popular excursion destination, which annually visits about 500,000 people.
The pyramid is part of an overall complex consisting of the Garzau Castle and the associated landscape park. Friedrich Wilhelm Carl Count von Schmettau established the park from 1779; The pyramid was built in 1784 and could have served the Count as a mausoleum. However, he sold the estate in 1802. In 1911 the predecessor of the castle, the Herrenhaus Garzau, burnt down. While rebuilding the castle, the pyramid decayed. It was discovered again in 1999. In the years 2000 to 2010 it was rebuilt it mainly from its own resources. The interior is now largely in the original state.
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. The Rüdersdorfer Kalkberg is the largest limestone occurrence in northern Germany. The Rüdersdorf limestone was the most important building material for the metropolis of Berlin, in addition to the bricks from Brandenburg. An exhibition hall provides comprehensive information on limestone deposits and use, the geology, mineralogy and fossil record of Rüdersdorf and the history of limestone mining in Rüdersdorf.
The excursion destination Müggelturm is located on the western slope of the "Kleiner Müggelberg". It stands at an altitude of 88 m. When today is spoken of the Müggel Tower, the tower which is now standing there is generally meant; But there was another tower before that, which burned down in 1958. You can reach the Müggelturm area from "Teufelssee" in the north-east via a staircase or as described in your bikeline guide by bike. The tower itself is 30 meters high, and the view of the forest and lake landscape is all round.