We had a few days in Berlin and were also celebrating Jennifer’s birthday, so we were looking for something fun and different to do. We came across Beer Bike Berlin and it seemed like a great way to celebrate as well as see some of Berlin’s sights. We gathered up a group of our travel blogger friends and spent two hours laughing, pedaling, and drinking with Pete of Hecktic Travels, Peter Parkorr of Travel Unmasked, Emma of Emma’s Travel Tales, Michael of Go, See, Write, Steph of Twenty-Something Travel, and Mike of Art of Backpacking (they all have awesome blogs so go check them out!).
Basically the beer bike is a rolling bar pedal-powered by you and your friends. The sober guide (though I think I’d need to be drinking to do this job) sits in the middle and steers while everyone else enjoys some beer from the tap. There is also an on board stereo with MP3 hookup for your iPhone so can rock out to your own music. If you forget your music (like we did), they also have some music with hits from the 80’s and 90’s to play.
The beer bike can hold up to 16 people and you need at least a group of seven to power the bike. We choose the 2 hour tour on the bike and had a group of 8. They do limit you to 10 liters of beer per hour, but I think most would find that is plenty. Our group just managed to float the mini 10 liter keg on our two hour tour, but it was also 30 degrees and started snowing on our way back. (We had to drink fast; our guide told us the beer could have froze!) Is beer not your thing? You can also get some hot Glühwein if you order it in advance.
Our two hour tour brought us through many of Berlin’s historic sights and our guide gave us the history behind each of the buildings or monuments. I enjoyed the quick stop for pictures at the Brandenburg Gate. The gate is the last remaining one from the original 18 gates. It was heavily damaged during WWII, but was patched up after the war. It also underwent a €6 million renovation from 2000-2002. Everyone wanted to pose for pictures with the us and the beer bike at the Gate, including a bride who was incidentally missing her groom.
Beer biking is great for stag parties, bachelor parties, or just anytime you want to enjoy an afternoon with a group of friends. While you may snap a few photos of your own while on the beer bike, I guarantee it’s not as many as will be snapped of you while you beer bike Berlin . Believe me, the beer bike gets some attention! Every street we pedaled down we instantly became the center of attention. We did race a Porsche at one intersection, but unfortunately we weren’t able to keep up even with the traffic and utilizing the bike lane.