River Cruises & Boat Trips

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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.
Schiff vor der Museumsinsel

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 Radiant River Boat

River Cruise "Radiant River Boat": City Tour in Christmas time

This boat trip on the river Spree is a cosy city tour of Berlin during the bright Advent season and includes a delicious Christmas menu. more »

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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 near Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Combined Trip: Private Berlin tour 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Anlegestelle Spreebogen

River Cruise "East and West": Full day trip on Berlin's rivers and lakes

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ausflugsschiff auf der Havel

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 »

Glienicker Brücke

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 »

Festival of Lights

River Cruise "Light Festivals Berlin" 2017: 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 "Idyllic Löcknitz": Full day trip from Berlin to the lakes in Brandenburg

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 »

River Cruise 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 »

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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