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. Fat Tire Bike Tours offer some interesting guided routes, including a ‘Berlin Wall & Cold War Tour' and a ‘Nazi Germany Tour'. Segways are also available.
Walking tours are a great way to see the historical centre of Berlin. Insider Tour Berlin offers daily walking tours that cover all the major sites, as well as specialist themed tours, pub crawls and more. New Europe Tours offers free guided walks, using well-versed local students who work on a tips-only basis, as well as other, paid-for, themed tours.
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.