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.
The "Historic City Cruise" presents many major sights along the River Spree between the Reichstag and Nicholas' Quarter. more »
The popular boat trip along the Spree river and the Landwehr canal shows numerous sights of Berlin - and more than 60 bridges. more »
See the parliamentary quarter with the Reichstag, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, TV Tower, Humboldt Forum and more. Audio guide in English more »
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 »
Short, interesting and informative: The City-Spreefahrt features the highlights of Berlin, including Berliner Dom, Museum Island and Reichstag. more »
The boat tour through the centre of Berlin shows lots of Berlin's famous sights from the waterside. more »
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 »
Experience the surprisingly diverse character of Berlin on an eight-hour boat trip: From the sights in the vibrant city centre to the idyllic green banks along the canals in the south of Berlin. more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The river cruise from Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam offers striking views of UNESCO-listed Prussian buildings on the banks of the River Havel. more »
This river cruise is a tour of seven Havel lakes in southwestern Berlin with excellent views of several UNESCO world heritage sites. more »
This eight-hour river cruise from Berlin-Treptow to lake Möllensee is a relaxing trip across the green waterways in the southwest of Berlin and in Brandenburg. more »
See spectacular illuminations of famous buildings on a boat trip at the festivals "Berlin leuchtet" and "Festival of Lights" in October. more »
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 »
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.
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