One of the activities that came most highly recommended by friends who have been to Berlin was taking a bike tour of the city. While I knew this would be a great way to see a lot, I was a little nervous about my (lack of) athletic abilities. The last time I rented a bike in a city, I suffered through the streets of San Francisco as Rob continually told me that I needed to work out. But I was assured that Berlin was flat enough, even for me.
Luckily, they were right.
The bike tour was the perfect way to see all of the touristy historic points in 5 hours time, instead of spending multiple days attempting to hit them all, which left more time for exploring the less touristy parts.
It's really quite amazing to know how much of the city is relatively new. Faux old. I'll admit that I wasn't too familiar with the historical specifics, so it was incredibly interesting to learn while standing in front of meaningful landmarks. If only high school history classes could have been taught that way.
As we finished up the last spot on our tour and started the ride back to the shop, the skies opened and it started to pour. Although I was unhappy to be riding those 15 minutes back in the rain, I was simultaneously happy that we made it through 95% of the day with clear skies.
Since the rain stopped after dropping off the bikes, we took the short walk out to Berlin Cathedral, but most of it was closed due to a religious ceremony, so we left and decided to head back to Kreuzberg. We found a local bar where I finally enjoyed my first German beer, and ended the night planning for the next day.