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River Cruises & Boat Trips

summer river cruise in berlin
Berlin has two large rivers- Spree and Havel- as well as lots of lakes and canals where ships and riverboats cruise. The Spree river flows in arches through the center of Berlin, south of it runs the Landwehr canal. Therefore, all boat tours through the inner city follow the same route over the Spree river and the Landwehr canal, only length and duration of the boat tours vary, depending on start and finish points.
Several shipping companies offer riverboat tours, prices and schedules vary depending on the length of the route, services and extras. Each company has its own piers. This page presents the most popular river cruises, tickets can be bought online.
Schiffstour Brückenfahrt - Teaser Play

River Cruise "Bridge Tour"

The popular boat trip along the Spree river and the Landwehr canal shows numerous sights of Berlin - and more than 60 bridges. more »

River Cruise "City Centre Trip on the Spree River"

River Cruise "City Centre Trip on the Spree River"

The river cruise shows sights along the Spree river such as the Reichstag building, the Berlin Cathedral and the Museum Island. more »

River cruise near Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Combined Trip: Berlin by bus and boat

The combined tour includes a 2-hour bus tour and a 1-hour boat trip on the River Spree through the city's centre. more »

Cruise boat of the BWSG

River Cruise "ArchitekTour": Berlin's Buildings Explained

The "ArchitekTour" combines a boat trip on the river Spree and a guided tour of the Museum Island. Main focus of the cruise is the new and old architecture of Berlin. more »

Schiffstour Spreefahrt Berlin-Highlights - Teaser Play

River Cruise "Trip on the Spree River"

The boat tour through the centre of Berlin shows lots of Berlin's famous sights from the waterside. more »

Festival of Lights

River Cruise "Light Festivals Berlin": Sights and landmarks illuminated

See spectacular illuminations of famous buildings on a boat trip at the festivals "Berlin leuchtet" and "Festival of Lights" in October. more »

River cruise in Berlin

River Cruise "East Side Tour": Through the East on the River Spree

The East Side Tour focuses on the best-known sights along the river Spree in the eastern part of Berlin and includes some highlights in the government quarter as well. more »

Cruise boat in Berlin

River Cruise "City-Spreefahrt": Experience Berlin From the Water

Short, interesting and informative: The City-Spreefahrt features the highlights of Berlin, including Berliner Dom, Museum Island and Reichstag. more »

River Cruise in Berlin

River Cruise "Historic City Cruise"

The "Historic City Cruise" presents many major sights along the River Spree between the Reichstag and Nicholas' Quarter. more »

River Cruise "City Trip in the Evening"

River Cruise "City Trip in the Evening"

This river cruise follows the River Spree and Landwehrkanal during the most romantic hours of the day and offers great views of city centre at sunset. more »

Greenwichpromenade at Tegeler See

River Cruise "From Tegel to Berlin's City Centre"

The boat tour starts on Lake Tegel in the green north of Berlin and proceeds south towards the Government Quarter in the city's centre. more »

Köpenick Palace

River Cruise "Around the Müggelberge": Forests and lakes in Berlin's southeast

The five-hour boat tour on lakes and rivers invites passengers to an idyllic trip to the magnificent landscape around the Müggelberge hills in the district of Köpenick. more »

Müggelsee in Berlin

River Cruise "Spree Boat Tour to Müggelsee"

This relaxing 3.5-hour river cruise starts in Treptow and heads southeast on the River Spree towards Berlin's largest lake, the Müggelsee. more »

River Cruise in Berlin

River Cruise "City Tour": From Berlin's City Centre to Westhafen

From Friedrichstraße to the city's largest port and back: The 2.5 hour City Tour features many notable sights and buildings in Berlin's historic and modern centre. more »

Peacock Island in Berlin

River Cruise "World Heritage Cruise": Palaces and Gardens of Berlin and Potsdam

The river cruise from Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam offers striking views of UNESCO-listed Prussian buildings on the banks of the River Havel. more »

Babelsberg Palace

River Cruise "Tour of 7 Lakes": From Wannsee to Potsdam

This river cruise is a tour of seven Havel lakes in southwestern Berlin with excellent views of several UNESCO world heritage sites. more »

Schiffstour in Berlin

River Cruises for Groups

Ideal for groups or school outings for ten people or more: Boat trips along famous sights in Berlin's city centre, bridge tours or boat trips to Potsdam. more »

Karsten Kaie: How to become a Berliner

River Cruise with Comedy Show "How to Become a Berliner in one Hour"

German comedian Karsten Kaie offers a crash course on "How to become a Berliner in one hour" during a 2.5 hour river cruise through Berlin's city centre. Ideal for mixed groups of English and German speakers. more »

Please note: The normal timetable for river cruises in Berlin applies from the end of March to the end of October. In the winter months only special cruises (e.g. Advent and Christmas cruises) can be booked.

River Cruise Piers

(Bilder: Antje Kraschinski/BerlinOnline; Antje Kraschinski; BWSG; Enrico Verworner; dpa; Enrico Verworner ; Karsten Kaie; Accorhotels 2012; VisitBerlin; BerlinOnline/argus/flashpics/fotolia.com)

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