Cycling holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg

The Spreewald Cycle Tour

Brandenburg - far-reaching views to the horizon, forest and crystal-clear lake waters, miles of avenues and historic witnesses of the area's 1000 years of history. And not to forget - an excellently developed network of cycle paths.

Berlin - known the world over as a vibrant metropolis, where old and new meet and invite you to experience the city's art and culture. Combined, the city of Berlin and the state of Brandenburg are a perfect mix of nature, culture and cycling pleasure.

Feeling peckish? The local Berlin and Brandenburg dishes are as varied as the colourful dialects spoken in these states. Try some Kassler - smoked pork - potatoes with sour cream and linseed oil, curried sausage or a bread roll with minced meat (Hackepeterbrötchen!). The meals are flavoursome and varied. Refresh yourself with a Berliner Fassbrause or a Schwarzer Abt beer from the Neuzeller Abbey brewery!

Berlin and the state of Brandenburg are explored best together, via a circular tour along the Havel. Berlin is an ideal place to start and you'll love the town's lively atmosphere and cultural variety. Only a stone's throw away is Brandenburg's Potsdam. Visit the 290 hectare's of parkland at Sanssouci with its unique garden landscaping. You'll get to know Havelland with its expansive lowlands, forests and many lakes, away from the towns of Brandenburg and Oranienburg.

More nature and tranquillity? A cycling tour around Berlin takes you to the Oder in the east of Brandenburg. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the town, you cycle through Havelland, via the wooded Schorfheide heath, the Oderbruch marsh, which has been drained, and Märkische Schweiz nature park. Go for a refreshing dip in Werbellinsee lake, take a trip to Germany's oldest ships's hoist in Niederfinow and the Kneipp spa resort at Buckow, where the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV once said that this was the place where the lungs felt like they were lying on velvet.

The Spreewald forest, to the south east of Brandenburg, is one of Germany's most fascinating landscapes. Characterised by its many waterways and picturesque villages, it is known as the Venice of the North and bids you welcome. You start in the Niederlausitz, in Cottbus, cycle through Burg - Germany's biggest scattered settlement and visit Lübbenau Castle. Become acquainted with the traditions and customs of the Serbs, who live here and are inextricably linked with the Spreewald area. Try the most famous vegetable of the Spreewald, the Spreewald gherkin - pickled or well-seasoned - and most importantly with a snappy crunch! But the tour can get crunchier! On our 3-day tour of the Spreewald. In three days you get to see the Spreewald, short but sweet.

From Berlin by bike to the sea? The Baltic Sea island of Usedom used to be known as the Berlin people's bath during the Imperial Era. Even today it has lost nothing of its charm as a spa resort island. In your starting place, Berlin, you hit the route to the north, passing many sights such as Berlin Cathedral or the old National Gallery. The Berlin-Usedom cycle path takes you on through the north of Brandenburg - through Barnim, full of forest and lakes, and the picturesque Uckermark.

"Ship ahead" is the motto on our bike & boat tour around Berlin. In four days you get to know Berlin mainly by water and experience the charm of Wannsee and Müggelsee lakes. On land, you have enough time to see the town's sights. Visit the museum island right in the middle of the river Spree, Brandenburg gate and the Kaiser-Wilhelm memorial church on Kurfüstendamm. You get a very special 360° view of Berlin from the viewing platform of Berlin's TV tower - which can be seen from afar.

From Berlin and Brandenburg into the big, wide world. Cycling holidays starting in Berlin offer a perfect mix of culture and countryside. For example on the long-distance Berlin-Copenhagen cycle path, which takes you through Stechlin nature park, Ruppiner Land, to the Baltic coast and Denmark. Or explore a somewhat smaller capital by bike & boat - Schwerin, the capital of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. While your floating hotel, the MS Mecklenburg, sails on ahead, you cycle at your leisure to the Baroque castle in Oranienburg or visit the Havel town of Zehdenick. By bike & boat from Berlin to the Baltic? No problem! By the time you disembark in Stralsund, you will have experienced Barnim natural park with its expansive forests, the national park, Unteres Odertal, and the Polish river-island town of Stettin.

Along the Oder and Neisse rivers, which form the border, you can follow the traces of history and be inspired by the diverse nature of the countryside here. Covering some 600 kilometres, the Oder-Neisse cycle path takes you from the Czech Republic to the island of Usedom. Along the Brandenburg part of the cycle path, you get to the former Hanseatic town Frankfurt/Oder, the unspoiled Oderbruch moor and past the castle ruins of Stolpe at Angermünde. From the crest of the dike, you can best watch leisureliness of the two winding rivers and the flora and fauna of the diverse countryside.

Berlin, Berlin! Off to Berlin! Along the Elbe and Havel rivers. Starting in Hamburg. By bike. Following the course of the river, you soon reach the state of Brandenburg. You can take a break in the Prignitz town of Wittenberge, with its many monuments to nature and buildings and the town of Brandenburg, known as the cradle of the Mark. A visit to Berlin can be organised at the end of the cycling holiday from Dresden to Potsdam. On your way, cross the Luther town of Wittenberg, cycle through Brandenburg's highest hill - the Fläming - and see the asparagus town of Beelitz.