Rent Bicycles by the Day
Rent a bicycle by the day for in-city use in many of Germany's larger
Visiting Germany on a business trip and find yourself with a few hours or a full
day of unscheduled time? Want to explore the city but find that walking, while good
exercise, takes too long? Rent a bike for an hour or a day. Or, for several days
if you like.
are touring and find yourself in Germany. Maybe the rest of the bus is off visiting
another palace and you have had your fill of palaces and castles (and perhaps the
idiots on the tour as well). You yearn for a chance to do some sightseeing on your
own before the bus hauls you to the next destination. What to do? Walk around Munich
or Berlin on your own? Taking a streetcar would make more sense.
However, what makes the most sense is renting a bicycle by the hour or the day.
And for the last few years, it is possible and convenient. The Deutsche Bahn (DB)
has a Call a Bike program that is really cool. Other cities, and not just in Germany
either, have locations where you can call a phone number, give them a credit card
number, and hop on a bicycle for as long as you wish, up to a week.
, and probably the most convenient in large
cities is to use the German Rail System's (DB) Call a Bike. The
is to contact a bicycle store in your area
that rents bicycles and arrange for a rental. This second option is about the same
cost but the quality will depend on that company whereas the quality of bicycles
from DB is almost universal throughout Germany.
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To contact the DB Call a Bike by Internet www.callabike.de*.
On that website, you can complete an application but we were unable to find an English
translation for the registration page so, you need German or the help of a translator.
You can also register by telephone by calling 0345 292-970 from within Germany or
from the US call 049-345-292-970, for example.
The email address for Call a Bike is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can probably obtain help in registering in English by using that email address.
They can send you an English language brochure in pdf file format that you can download.
The brochure contains helpful information. Including a map showing the cities where
Call a Bike is available in either the ICE train stations or throughout that city.
The easiest way to use Call a Bike is with a mobile phone app. The QR-Codes for
iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry are available online and on this downloadable
Note: The image of the Berlin bicycle terminal and the image of the map showing
the cities with DB rental bike system availability are courtesy of the Deutsche Bahn.
We thank them for the cooperation in providing the images and the downloadable PDF
as well as their prompt attention in helping us develop this page.
has an explanatory page in English about DB's Call a Bike program:
you are in one of the cities that offer Call a Bike, i.e., Berlin (StadtRAD), Frankfurt
am Main, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg (StadtRAD Hamburg), Kassel
(Konrad) or many of the ICE train stations, you can register at the Call a Bike
terminal. (Credit for the photograph of the Konrad daily rental bicycle to the right
is to Konrad Kassel*.)
Kassel has a program that is also linked to the DB Call a Bike system called
Konrad. There are over 500 Konrad bicycles in 50 different docking stations around
Kassel, most within steps of bus or streetcar stations. In Kassel, you call 0561-350-293630
from within Germany to establish an account. Give them your credit card number and
they will give you a code to unlock a bicycle. When you get to a place where you
want to pause your excursion for a while and lock your bicycle, push the locking
bolt into place, and note the unlock code on the cyclometer. When you return, simply
enter the unlock code, pull the bolt back and continue your ride.
When you want to return the bike and end your rental, go to one of the many terminals,
pull the locking cable from its normal position and place it into the locking receptacle.
Enter the code you have been given and your rental is done. If you are using a mobile
phone, you will receive confirmation immediately by phone SMS.
In Passau, you have a choice between the DB system and a private Rent a Bike
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