Berlin is the melting pot of German and European history. Prussian discipline, the brutal goings-on of the Nazis, the Cold War between East and West and modern parliamentary democracy – a varied cycle tour to the original sites.
The East Berlin Unplugged Bike Tour for School Groups
Life in East Germany: A Bike Tour for School Trips
Imagine you were young in the GDR (East Germany) more than 30 years ago. On this tour we explore the haunts of the old East Berlin, and aspects of life in the GDR. Have you heard of the ‘Young Pioneers’ and the “Free German Youth’? What was it like going to school, growing up, and living and working in the ‘Land of Living Socialism’? Were East Germans ever allowed to leave their own country to travel abroad? What did the State Security (Stasi) do, and how did ordinary East Germans feel like growing up and living under constant state surveillance?
As an addition to the tour experience, we recommend a visit to the exhibition ‘Everyday Life in the GDR’, located conveniently right at the start and end point of the tour.
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We select the routes of our tours carefully, and our guides receive specialist training in managing bike tours. We favour routes that lead away from the busy main roads of the city, and try wherever possible to stick to quiet streets and cycle paths, for maximum safety and enjoyment.
50% of Berlin households do not own a car, and travelling by bike or public transport is the norm here, which means that car drivers are used to cyclists.
The luminous orange vests worn by our bike guides and a volunteer at the back of the bike tour make us easy to spot on the roads. In Berlin it is possible to enjoy a safe and relaxed bike tour, including with children.
- Helmholtzplatz – Alternative culture in the East
- Thälmann Park – Risen from the Ruins
- Thälmann monument – East Germany had its own heroes and lots of gigantic monuments to prove it
- Michelangelostrasse – Industrial housing construction in the East
- Viewpoint Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg – View of the large housing estates Marzahn, Hellersdorf
- Sportforum Hohenschönhausen – Why East Germany won more Olympic medals than the West.
- Karl-Marx-Allee – Palaces for the workers & the site of the workers’ uprising of 1953
- United Nations Square – where a 19 metre towering statue of Lenin once stood.
Our guides adapt the bike tours to weather conditions, participants’ interests, street closures and sometimes their own preferences. Changes and deviations are possible.
All Berlin on Bike public bike tours start at the Kulturbrauerei (means “Culture Brewery”) in the Prenzlauer Berg district. The brewery grounds have several entrances, the best way to get to us is through the archway at Knaackstraße 97. From the underground station Eberswalder Straße (underground line 2, three stops north of Alexanderplatz) it’s a 200-metre walk.
For private tours with your own bikes, the start can be arranged individually. Delivery of our bikes for your private bike tour is also possible for an additional charge – but this is usually only worthwhile for larger groups.
On average our group bike tours consist of between eight and twelve participants. On our regular bike tours, fifteen people per group is our maximum. If there are more registrations, we provide more guides, to ensure that groups remain manageable in size, for the sake of safety and for the enjoyment of our guests.
A minimum of four guests is required for a bike tour to run.
In the case of private bike tours, we recommend that groups do not exceed fifteen guests at a time. Larger groups will be divided up, with more guides allocated to the tour.
Kulturbrauerei – uniquely beautiful starting point in the car-free courtyards of a 100 year old former brewery
Daily public bike tours along several routes, in English, Dutch and German
Specially trained guides – knowledgeable and entertaining team of guides
Personal touch – our bike guides are enthusiastic about Berlin and set their own priorities for individual tours
The real Berlin – in addition to Berlin sightseeing, we show aspects of everyday life in the city
Safety – our chosen bike routes favour the use of bike paths and quieter side streets
Well-maintained bike fleet – 21-speed trekking bikes, as well as backpedal or e-bikes
Ideal for families – children’s bikes in various sizes, trailers, child seats, matching helmets
Easy bike tour booking – online, by e-mail or even by phone
Customer friendly and flexible cancellation policy, currently Corona cancellations are free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour
After the bike ride, you can go to the museum, restaurant or beer garden on the brewery grounds
If participants feel uncomfortable on a bike, or are impaired by an injury, we can provide a bicycle rickshaw and a driver, or a tandem bike, for an additional charge.