Of all the big European cities, Berlin holds a very special place in my heart.
The thing that rarely holds a place in my heart is cycling. Now, I’m not closed to the concept. I think there’s a romantic element to pedalling a bike through a park in the fall – sigh. That said, typically if asked to go for a bike ride, I say no.
However, when in Berlin, I couldn’t say no to the hubby when he suggested we do the Fat Tire Bike Tour. What better way to see the whole city in one day, said he. And with our limited time, I couldn’t say no. Plus he loves to ride bikes. Darn.
By the end of the day, I ate my words. Fat Tire Bike Tours are incredible, and no, I was not paid to write this article. Their bikes are well maintained, tour guides are phenomenal (many of them native-English speakers), and the routes are well planned to avoid traffic where possible. Traffic is what gives me anxiety as a cyclist, so if you’re in the same boat as me, all I can suggest is to stick to the middle of the pack. In theory, anyways, this makes you the least likely to get hit by cars. Worked for me.
While we did our tour two years ago, the only thing that seems to have changed, based on the website, is the timing of the tours. Ours originally started at 9 in the morning and included lunch in the Tiergarten. Now the All-in-One City Bike Tour starts at 11 and includes a beer garden break, so have a hearty breakfast before you start out.
The All-in-One tour is the best for those on a time-crunch, and at 24 Euro per person for a 4.5 hour trip, it’s a bargain (make sure to tip your guide at the end!). You’ll hit all the major sites, but still not feel rushed. There are plenty of photo stops, but perhaps you could hook up a GoPro to capture the journey? Wish we’d had a GoPro at the time!
Have fun, peddle safe, and beware the amount of beer you consume in the Tiergarten. You don’t want to be weaving your way back!