Müggelsee - both of them (Gross and Klein) - are two lakes to the south east of the city of Berlin. There are some great walks to be done along the wooded shoreline where you'll occasionally stumble across a beautiful beach. In fact the whole area gives you the impression that you are far away from the city on a relaxing holiday, perfect. And of course it is free!
What's more it is a great cycle ride from the city centre and from Treptow onwards nearly all of the route can be cycled off road. Although still a part of the city of Berlin you'll find yourself in the small town of Köpenick which is well worth a visit in itself. And if you don't fancy a bike ride, it's easily accessible by bus or s-bahn too
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Fat Tyre Bike Tours is bike hire with a difference. With tours available regularly, Fat Tyre offer an informative and relaxing tour around Berlin. With an expert guide to explain the history and uniqueness of Berlin, the bike tour takes in all the major sites including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. It also takes you to other lesser known spots off the beaten track such as the Hotel Aldon, the setting for Michael Jackson's very particular brand of parenting!!!
Tempelhof is a recently disused airport that has become one of the largest green spaces in Europe. Best way to enjoy it is to rent a bike and cycle down the runaway at full speed. Go on, VRROOOOOM!
Tempelhof S-Bahn (you can take your bike on the train)
Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin, Germany
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In fact, why not rent a bike and take a day trip by bike to Potsdam. There are plenty of parks and lakes to criss-cross. Plus everybody cycles in good weather. However, you don't have to cycle all the way. Take the bike on the S7 Train, change at Wannsee and get the S1 to Potsdam (just cross, it's on the same platform).
Potsdam is a World Heritage site with beautifully restored period architecture. It lies just 15km (10 miles) south-west of Berlin, but it is almost like travelling to another Eastern Europe city altogether, on par with Prague or Budapest, just a tad smaller (this is no exaggeration). Potsdam has a picturesque old town with many (outdoor) cafés, and even has its own Brandenburg Gate.
It is also home of the Royal Gardens, and the popular Sans Souci Palace. There is proof of Russian culture to be found in Potsdam's "Alexandrowka" which has replicas of Russian village houses and a pretty Orthodox Church on the Hill, and Dutch period buildings fill the Dutch Quarter (Holländisches Viertel). The historic sections of the city provide the flair of a city steeped in European tradition.
Bike rental information: www.berlinfo.com/Traveltime/WithinBerlin/by_bike/bike_rental/index.htm
We stayed with a friend in Berlin who is a keen cyclist. He took us on several rides within the city, along canal and riverbank paths as well as on the road system. By bike you can cover larger distances than walking, and experience more of the atmosphere than on public transport. Other vehicles respected us as fellow road users.
We also took the bikes on the train to Potsdam (special carriages, look for the cycle symbol) and cycled round the town and Park Sanssouci. Although cycling in the park is not strictly allowed, it is extremely large and would be difficult to take in all the small palace buildings in one visit on foot.
As our host had the bikes we did not have to look for hire shops, but I am sure they exist as it is a cycle friendly city - or take your own with you!
This is Berlin's one and only hostelboat, which means you can actually stay overnight on a boat on the River Spree for reasonable and have superb views over the river. I recommend it because it is something different, but apart from this, it's a very cosy place with very helpful people. Rooms are nice and have all attached bath. It is next to what's left of the wall and in general a cool place.
You can get off one of the main station, which is Ostbahnhof and walk along the wall, which enables you to admire the numerous murals, or you can get off the tube stations Warschauerstrasse or Schlesische Strasse, which are a bit closer;
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