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Rent a Bike in Berlin to Discover a New Side of This City

Looking to rent a bike in Berlin? Here’s my experience with renting a bike and biking around Berlin.

There are countless of articles on the web that says “Berlin is one of the top 10 biking cities in the world” or that “biking in Berlin is the best!”

But what is biking in Berlin like for a tourist, especially someone who’s never been to Berlin before and not used to biking there?

Well, no suspense here, it’s easy!

Read on to find out how to rent a bike in Berlin, general tips on biking in Berlin, and most importantly, where to go! You’ll easily see why I include biking as an activity in my Berlin travel guide.

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Where to Rent a Bike in Berlin

There are rental bike stores everywhere in Berlin, but renting a bike that is properly maintained and in a central location is important for a smooth trip. You don’t want to have brake or gear troubles or have to go far from your tourist attractions or hotel to get a bike.

That’s why I went with Fat Tire Bike Rental in the Alexanderplatz TV Tower. It’s in a convenient location, you can keep the bike for hours or days and bike right to where you need to go (vs. Berlin’s public bike rental), the bikes are well-maintained, and they have different types of bike rentals such as city bikes, e-bikes, trekking bikes, and kid’s bikes, trailers, seats, etc.

I rented their e-bike for landmarks further outside city center and then swapped out for their city bike when I wanted to keep the bike overnight so I could bike right to my Airbnb. Biking was much quicker and more convenient than taking the U-bahn, which I used occasionally.


Cost to Rent a Bike in Berlin

Prices are subject to change and are listed as of the date this post was written.

The cost to rent a bike in Berlin is €14 for the first day, €12 for the second, and €10 for the third and on. You can keep these bikes overnight where ever you are staying.

The cost to rent an e-bike in Berlin is €25 a day and must be returned by closing each day since they need to charge it overnight.

You might be tempted to go for the cheaper public bike rental system in Berlin, but they’re not the most convenient as you need to rent them in 30 minute periods and the pick-up/drop-off locations may not be near your walking destination. Also, it is not advisable to keep these over night.


General Tips for Biking in Berlin

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Biking in Berlin is safe and easy to do because of its bike paths. Follow these tips, and you’ll fit right in with the locals.

  • Bike in the bike lanes. They’re usually right next to the sidewalk in grey or red bricks. Sometimes, they are marked with bike stencils.
  • If a road doesn’t have bike lanes, then you can share the road with cars. Cars are quite aware of bikers so just go with the flow.
  • Use hand signals when taking turns.
  • Don’t bike on the sidewalk. Only children are allowed to do this.
  • If you want to wear a helmet, you can, but no one really does.
  • Use Google Maps to get directions from Point A to B because they give you the best biking route to take meaning you’ll rarely find yourself on roads without bike lanes.

Where to Bike to in Berlin

Biking anywhere in Berlin is quite convenient. Biking will generally get you to your destination faster than the U-bahn and eliminates any waiting or walking time for the U-bahn or a taxi because the bike will be right next to wherever you are going. Here are some places I biked to while in Berlin without the hassle of the U-bahn or cost of a taxi!

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

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Photo taken with Ricoh Theta S 360 camera

The Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is an old rail yard that was converted into a nature reserve, which hosts art events. This was my favorite park to visit as there was something both romantic and haunting about how nature overtook the structures and steel made by man. It cost a well-deserved euro to get in.

Location on Google Maps

Großer Tiergarten

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Photo taken with Ricoh Theta S 360 camera

The Großer Tiergarten is Berlin’s most popular urban park and is one of the largest in Germany. There’s spaces for picnics, barbecues, jogging, sports, and of course, cycling. I found biking through this park to be the best option since it is so large, and walking the whole part would take the whole day.

Location on Google Maps

Tempelhofer Park

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Photo taken with Ricoh Theta S 360 camera

The Berlin Temphof was an airport until 2008, and of course, Berlin being Berlin and not wanting to leave any space to waste, it transformed this landmark into a park where residents go to bike ride, skateboard, and even fly kites.

Location on Google Maps


If you don’t want to rent a bike in Berlin to bike around on your own but still want the biking in Berlin experience, check out Fat Tire’s Bike Tours, which combine biking with landmarks or local eats. No matter how you bike, have fun!

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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Rent a Bike in Berlin

Stanton

Saturday 25th of November 2017

I've always had a good experience while riding in Berlin. I usually find cycling around the city across various tourists hot spots if the best way to get to know a place. I've covered most of the places you've mentioned on your blog and I agree it is definitely a great place to bike.

kereta sewa

Friday 30th of December 2016

NICE POST! THOSE PIC ARE REALLY AMAZING. GLAD U ENJOYED IT

Sarah

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Thank you! Appreciate your kind words :)

Lisa Smith

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Hi sarah! Amazing post ! in this year i have read a lot of post.... this is the most awesome post ! In Tempelhofer park, a picture you with a bicycle , it looks so amazing ! totally strange ! Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing post !

Sarah

Monday 9th of January 2017

Thanks for stopping by!

Claire Summers

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

I recently took a trip to Belgium and everyone bikes there! So I did what the locals did and hired one of the city bikes for a week. It was so cheep and I felt totally safe. Biking in so may European countries is excellent and they have their own traffic system. Can't wait to visit Berlin one day, I'll be sure to take a tour by bike! Oh and your camera is amazing!

Sarah

Monday 9th of January 2017

Oh nice that you biked too!

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Monday 12th of December 2016

I live in Montreal and it's also a bike-friendly city. Biking around Berlin is something I would definitely do if ever I visit. I find it's one of the best ways to get around not only to see popular sites but also to explore the city as a whole.

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