Berlin tours and excursions
Distances between east and west can add up quickly, so it's a blessing that Berlin is an exceptionally bike-friendly city, with considerate drivers and good provision for cyclists.
Walking tours are a great way to see the historical centre of Berlin and there are plenty of companies offering different tours. Check them out online.
To the southeast of Berlin lies the UNESCO biosphere reserve of the Spreewald (Spree Forest), a vast and ethnically unique forested land interspersed with a labyrinth of waterways. Beloved by Berliners for its quaint traditions and famous gherkins, this is a place to get out into nature, walk and cycle or take a boat tour. The best place to start a tour is from the large harbour in Lübbenau or one of the smaller ones in Lübben or Burg. Spreewald can be reached via regional trains from Berlin's Bahnhof Zoo (journey time - 1 hour 30 minutes) and Ostbahnhof (journey time - 1 hour).Tel: +49 35433 72299.
Potsdam is above all worth visiting for the wonderful UNESCO-listed palaces and beautiful parkland of Schloss Sanssouci, the summer residence of Frederick the Great. The town itself, with its pleasant main shopping street and Dutch Quarter, as well as the nearby Babelsberg Film Studios, make it well worth a full-day excursion. It's around 20km (12 miles) from Berlin's centre.Tel: +49 331 27 55 80.