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1-Hour City Cruise from Berlin Mitte

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  • On this one-hour cruise of Berlin, experience the deep history and culture of the German capital.
  • Hop on board a cruise that departs from Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Hackescher Markt every 15 minutes from 11am to 5:45pm, depending on the chosen timeslot. All boarding points are close to each other.
  • You'll get a river view of some of the major historical spots in Berlin like the Reichstag, Government District, and Bellevue Palace.
  • Berlin is a mix of old and new and you’ll see this in other attractions like the Berlin Cathedral along with the House of World Cultures and the main station.

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  • 1-hour Berlin cruise
  • Commentary in English & German
  • Multilingual audio guide (available for select timeslots only)
  • Reichstag
  • Government District
  • House of World Cultures
  • Bellevue Palace
  • Victory Column
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Museum Island and Humboldt Forum
  • Nikolaiviertel
  • Tip: After the cruise, explore Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a 15-minute walk from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This experience is pram/stroller accessible.
  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.
  • Pets are allowed. Larger dogs must be kept on a leash.
  • Please check your final voucher for the boarding point details and specific instructions. Boarding is from either Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt, or Nikolaiviertel (museum island).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2/3-Hour Berlin Evening Sightseeing Cruise

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  • Short on time in Berlin? An evening cruise lets you tick off major sights, watching the city come alive and glitter under the night sky.
  • See the Spreebogen watercourse and its modern architecture, and learn more through the onboard German commentary or multilingual audio guide.
  • Discover Berlin's iconic landmarks like the majestic Berlin Cathedral and the charming Nikolaiviertel district, all illuminated by the city lights.
  • Spot Charité, the inspiration behind a popular Netflix series, and discover its rich history as one of Europe's oldest and most renowned hospitals.
  • Want to experience the beauty of Berlin at night? Opt for a romantic moonlight cruise instead and sail under the stars or a 3-hour evening cruise!

Inclusions

  • 2-hour River Spree evening sightseeing cruise
  • Onboard commentary in German (optional)
  • Audio guide in German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, and Hebrew (optional)
  • Night cruise (optional)
  • 3-hour evening cruise (optional)
  • 2.5-hour night cruise (optional)

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  • Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)
  • Tip: Explore Berlin's rich history and culture by visiting renowned museums like the Pergamon Museum or the Neues Museum, close to the boarding pier.
  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair.
  • This experience is accessible by pram/strollers.
  • Your guide dogs and pets are welcome onboard.
  • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather, technical issues, or waterway closures, the tour may be rescheduled or canceled.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2.5-Hour East-Side-Tour Sightseeing Cruise in East Berlin

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  • Take a break from the hustle-bustle of the city and relax on this cruise down River Spree.
  • Sightsee renowned attractions on the East side of the river like Berliner Dom, Fernsehturm, Nikolaiviertel, and many more.
  • Enjoy this tour tracing parts of the border between the two sides on the Spree before the fall of the Berlin wall as you listen to the onboard commentary with the audioguides.
  • Discover the significance of the wall and what life under Soviet occupation was like.
  • Travel comfortably and take advantage of the large outdoor decks and vast viewing windows on the luxury ship.

Inclusions

  • East-Side Spree tour cruise
  • Live commentary in German and English
  • Audio guides available in Spanish, French, Polish, Hebrew, Italian & Russian

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  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Please note that the ships are not barrier-free.
  • Live commentary in German and English
  • Audio guides available in Spanish, French, Polish, Hebrew, Italian & Russian
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2.5-Hour City Boat Tour – Through the Center of Berlin to The West Harbor

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  • Cruise gently through Berlin's waters to see some of the city's most significant landmarks on your way to the city's largest port, Westhafen.
  • Listen to engaging German commentary via onboard speakers, and listen to an audio guide available in 11 different languages.
  • Sail along the Spree and pass by the Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, the historic Nikolaiviertel, and the new city palace.
  • Make your way through the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal, the Humboldthafen, and past the historic buildings of the Charité campus to Westhafen.
  • Continue to Charlottenburg Castle Park and enjoy a short stop at Charlottenburg at the Gotzkowsky Bridge.
  • Start your way back to Friedrichstrasse through the meanderings of Spree, on the way, see more important Berling sights including Bellevue Palace, House of World Cultures, and more.

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  • 2.25-hour tour
  • German commentary via onboard speakers
  • Multilingual audio guide

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  • Food and drinks (can be purchased onboard)
  • Board your cruise at Stern und Kreisschiffahrt GmbH, Anleger Friedrichstraße/Reichstagufer.
  • Address: Reichstagufer, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Your guide will be holding blue/orange flags at the pier.
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  • The onboard commentary is in German.
  • The audio guide is available in German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, and Hebrew.
  • An assortment of food menus (including a vegetarian menu) is available and can be booked onboard.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise in Berlin

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  • Set sail on a gourmet dinner cruise, witnessing stunning sunset views of Berlin's vibrant districts from the Spree River.
  • The vessel "The Flying Dutchman” sails without a roof in good weather, enhancing both the sightseeing adventure and your 3 or 4-course meal.
  • The cruise offers a specially curated dinner with local delicacies, served alongside a Prosecco welcome drink and another beverage of your choice.
  • Be captivated by Berlin's architectural marvels including the Berlin Cathedral, Reichstag, and Schloss Bellevue, all illuminated under the evening sky.
  • This cruise offers an intimate experience with private window-side seating and a choice of 2 menu options – the Captial dinner and the Berlin dinner.

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  • 3 or 4-course dinner (as per option selected)
  • Glass of Prosecco
  • 2nd drink or unlimited drinks (as per option selected)
  • Caprivi Bridge
  • Berlin-Mitte
  • Charlottenburg
  • Tip: Make sure to explore the Caprivi Bridge area in Charlottenburg, perfect for a post-cruise stroll.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility
  • If you’re vegetarian, state your preferences at the next stage of booking.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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2-Hour Eco-Friendly Spree Cruise from Jannowitzbrücke

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  • Imagine this - a solar-powered cruise that is both luxurious and environmentally friendly, a 2-hour cruise that covers 8 different amazing attractions in Berlin, and a chance to experience both history and modernity on the same cruise! This cruise covers it all.
  • You will start off at Jannowitzbrücke, making your way towards Plänterwald to Zenner and back while passing by the East Side Gallery, the Oberbaumbrücke, and the Osthafenalong the way.
  • For your next stop, to add a splash of green, Treptower Park awaits you. It was where the first Berlin trade exhibition was held in 1896 and some of its remains still stand today.
  • An hour later, you will be at Haus Zenner, a tourist restaurant. As you find yourself surrounded by beautiful neo-Renaissance style architecture, you can look out to the “Island of Youth”, a youth cultural center.

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  • 2-hour cruise on a luxury catamaran
  • Board the cruise at Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrücke.
  • Address: Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrücke, Rolandufer 4, 10179.

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  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo: Berlin TV Tower Skip-the-Line Tickets + Guided City Cruise

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  • This value-packed combo offers both panoramic vistas from the iconic TV Tower and a guided cruise along the Spree River.
  • Save up to 2 hours with skip-the-line tickets and bypass queues to the TV Tower's observation deck to witness the Berlin skyline.
  • Gaze upon landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, and trace the winding Spree River.
  • Cruise through the heart of Berlin along the River Spree and learn about this once-crucial trade route with an audio guide.
  • Pass by the Reichstag building, a symbol of German unity, the House of World Cultures, and the Bellevue Palace, the President's official residence.

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Berlin TV Tower

  • Skip-the-line entry to Berlin TV Tower

Berlin City Cruise

  • 1-hour River Spree cruise
  • German commentary
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, Hebrew & Finnish
  • Boarding from Friedrichstrasse/Nikolaiviertel/Alte Börse
  • English commentary (optional)

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Berlin TV Tower

  • Tip: Treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the tower's revolving restaurant and enjoy the 360-degree panorama. Reserve your table in advance.
  • Due to existing structural conditions, this experience is unsuitable for wheelchair users, guests with limited mobility, and pram/stroller users.
  • Guide dogs are allowed in this experience.
  • Cloakrooms are available at the observatory.

Berlin City Cruise

  • Tip: Opt for layered clothing, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen, as the weather can change quickly on the water.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • This experience is stroller accessible.
  • Pets and guide dogs are permitted while larger dogs must be leashed.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 8%): 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Berlin + Guided City Cruise

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  • Discover Berlin by land and water with this cost-effective combo that includes a 24/48-hour hop-on-hop-off tour and a 1-hour Spree River cruise.
  • With the HOHO pass, explore iconic Berlin attractions like Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, and Alexanderplatz at any of the 18 stops.
  • Benefit from an audio guide in 13 languages during the bus tour, soaking in the history, architecture, and culture of Berlin, coupled with free WiFi.
  • The cruise offers a unique perspective of Berlin's landmarks like the Reichstag, Victory Column, and Museum Island from the Spree River.
  • Enjoy live commentary on board the cruise and learn about the city’s rich history with a multilingual audio guide.

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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off

  • 24/48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic & Turkish
  • 3-month validity

Spree River cruise

  • 1-hour River Spree cruise
  • German commentary
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, Hebrew & Finnish
  • Boarding from Nikolaiviertel/Alte Börse/Friedrichstrasse
  • English commentary (optional)
  • First bus: 9:30am from stop #1 (Tauentzienstrasse)
  • Last bus: 5pm from stop #1 (Tauentzienstrasse)
  • Frequency: every 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Gropiusbau, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt & Alexanderplatz

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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off

  • Tip: Try to sit on the top deck of the bus as it provides the best views and photo opportunities.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

Spree River cruise

  • Tip: Try to spot a variety of bird species that live along the Spree River.
  • This experience is pram/stroller accessible.
  • This experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Guide dogs are welcome on the boats.
  • Pets are allowed and larger dogs must be kept on a leash.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Sail along River Spree on Berlin boat tours

Berlin boat tours along the River Spree offer a unique vantage point to marvel at the city’s top attractions. Whether you are looking to pass by the landmarks leisurely, indulge in animated discussions about their historicity, or just want to have dinner with your date, Berlin boat tours offer something for everyone. You can catch glimpses of historic sights like the Museum Island, Reichstag, TV Tower, and others along the banks of the Spree. 

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Things to know before booking Berlin boat tours

  • There are multiple boarding points along the River Spree. Most Berlin boat tours start from Alte Borse, Nikolaiviertel, or Friedrichstraße. You can also find sightseeing cruises from Jannowitzbrucke, Treptow Harbor, and Caprivi Bridge. You can choose a boat tour depending on how near it is to your accommodation or you can look at its nearby landmarks and plan a day trip surrounding your cruise. 
  • The best boat tour you can choose depends on the kind of sights you want to see. Most Berlin sightseeing cruises start from the center of the city and go towards either the East or the West Harbor. You can spot landmarks like the TV Tower, Berliner Dom, Museum Island, and others. The Seven Lakes cruise takes you on a leisurely sojourn across Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stolpchensee, and other serene lakes across the city. You can also opt for the Muggelsee Lake cruise, where you can stop at nearby localities like Kopenick and Rubezahl to explore the areas. While the sightseeing cruises are perfect for those interested in the history and architecture of the city, the Lake cruises are more suited towards nature enthusiasts and those looking to escape the city hustle for a while. 
  • Most Berlin city tour boats and sightseeing cruises are between €21.90 and €32.90. These cruises are quite affordable and you can spot most of the historic landmarks along the Spree Bank. If you want to have a lavish dinner on board, you can choose the dinner cruises, which start from €69. At first glance, it may seem that the cruise combos are priced relatively higher, however, they offer great value, as you can explore the inside of the DDR Museum, and TV Tower, as well as enjoy a sightseeing cruise on a one-time purchase of €44.53.
  • You can find live commentary and multilingual audio guides on almost every sightseeing cruise in the city, be it city tour boats or lake cruises. So, you can choose any tour you want. You will not have to compromise on any of the amenities.
  • Most of the Berlin boat tours are accessible to families with prams and strollers. Guide dogs are also allowed on all cruises. If you need any assistance, there are experienced staff always available on board to help you. 
  • Many types of tour boats cruise along the Spree. You can choose between a convertible, a 2-story boat, or a luxury solar-powered catamaran. A convertible ship is the most budget-friendly option, while 2-story boats offer better views from the top deck. These 2-story boats also include heated indoor cabins. The catamaran cruises are solar-powered and are an eco-friendly alternative to the other boats.

Types of boat cruises in Berlin

Berlin sightseeing boat tours
Berlin City tour boats
Berlin dinner boat tours
Berlin lake cruises

Lake cruises

Average duration: 2 hours to 3 hours
General timings: 11 am and 3 pm

  • The Seven Lakes Berlin cruise passes through some of the most tranquil lakes in the city such as Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stolpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Brücke, Jungfernsee, and Pfauensee. The Muggelsee Lake cruise also allows you to get down at nearby areas like Kopenick and Rubezahl and explore them up close. 

Recommended boat tours:

  • 2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee
  • 3-Hour Spree Cruise to Müggelsee lake from Berlin-Treptow

Find your best Berlin boat tour match here

Experience
Boarding Points
Timings
Inclusions
Duration
Book Tickets
City cruise from Berlin Mitte
Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Alte Borse
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11 am to 5:15 pm
Live commentary and multi-lingual audio guides
1 hour
Seven Lakes tour from Berlin's Wannsee
Anlegestelle Wannsee
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10:30 am to 2:30 pm
German commentary
2 hours
City boat tour-Through the center of Berlin to the West Harbor
Friedrichstrasse
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10:30 am to 3 pm
German commentary and multilingual audio guide
2 hours 30 minutes
City-Loungefahrt mit dem Schiff
Liegestelle Seminarschiff
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Sat: 12:30 pm to 3 pm and summer: 4:30 pm to 7 pm
Heated indoors
2 hours 30 minutes
Eco-friendly cruise in a luxury solar catamaran
Jannowitzbrucke
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1 April to 29 October: Wednesday to Sunday: 11 am & 1:30 pm
Cruising in a luxury catamaran
2 hours
Muggelsee lake cruise
Treptow Harbour
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11 am and 3 pm
Entry access on the cruise
3 hours
Under the Bridges: River Spree & Landwehrkanal boat tour
Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrücke
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10:45 am and 2:20 pm
German commentary & multilingual audio guide
3 hours 15 minutes
Dinner cruise in Berlin
Caprivi Bridge
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6:30 pm
3 or 4-course dinner, a glass of prosecco, and drinks
2 hours 30 minutes
Romantic moonlight cruise
Liegestelle Seminarschiff
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9:30 pm to 12 am
Wine and cheese and soft music
2 hours 30 minutes
East-side-tour sightseeing cruise
Alte Borse
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2:45 pm to 5:15 pm
German commentary and multilingual audio guide
2 hours 30 minutes
Take your pick! Popular Berlin boat tours

Berlin boat tours map

Berlin Boat tours map

Your guide to checking in and boarding Berlin boat tours

Alte Borse

Originally built in the 18th century, the Alte Borse served as a trading center. Today, it is known for its financial history and elegant architecture. 

Nearest landmarks: Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Cathedral
Closest metro station: Hackescher Markt

Treptow Harbor, Stern und Kreisschiffahrt

The Treptow Harbor serves as a recreational hub, offering opportunities for boating, dining, and leisure activities amidst scenic surroundings.

Nearest landmarks: Treptower Park, Spreepark, and Kopenick Palace
Nearest stop: Treptower Park

Nikolaiviertel

This port is known for its charming cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. This historic neighborhood was reconstructed in the 1980s and is filled with quaint shops, cafes, and museums.

Nearest landmarks: St. Nicholas Church, Museum Island, and Rotes Rathaus
Nearest metro station: Klosterstraße

Anlegestelle Wannsee

Wannsee is a picturesque lake located on the southwestern outskirts of Berlin. You can enjoy leisurely walks along the waterfront promenades, and explore nearby parks and nature reserves.

Nearest landmarks: Glienicke Bridge, Strandbad Wannsee, and Peacock Island
Nearest metro station: Berlin Wannsee

Stern und Kreisschiffahrt GmbH, Anleger Friedrichstraße

Friedrichstraße is a bustling thoroughfare in central Berlin known for its cultural attractions. Historically, it served as a major commercial and entertainment district and today it is famous for its upscale boutiques, department stores, theaters, and restaurants.

Nearest landmarks: Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Galeries Lafayette, and Humboldt University of Berlin
Nearest metro station: Friedrichstraße

Stern und Kreisschiffahrt GmbH, Anleger Jannowitzbrucke

Jannowitzbrucke is a bustling transportation hub, where the River Spree intersects with the Berlin Ringbahn railway line. This area also serves as a major interchange for public transportation, providing convenient access to buses, trams, and subway lines connecting various parts of the city.

Nearest landmarks: Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island
Nearest metro station: Jannowitzbrucke

Liegestelle Seminarschiff

The Liegestelle Seminarschiff, translated as ‘mooring point for seminar ships’, is a departure and arrival point for boat tours and cruises exploring Berlin's waterways.

Nearest landmarks: Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery
Nearest metro station: U Turmstr

Caprivi Bridge

The Caprivi Bridge, or Caprivibrücke, is a historic bridge spanning the River Spree, connecting the districts of Moabit and Wedding in Berlin. Named after German statesman Leo von Caprivi, the bridge is known for its distinctive steel arches and ornate decorations.

Nearest landmarks: Berlin-Spandau ship canal and Tiergarten Park
Nearest metro station: U-Richard-Wagner-Platz

3 steps to a smooth and stress-free Berlin cruise experience

  • Check your ticket details: After paying the ticket amount, make sure to check your email. You will receive a confirmation along with an email voucher with all your ticket details. Here, you can find the boat tour’s timings, duration, inclusions, and other information. Read through this voucher to confirm these details. 
  • Arrive early: You must reach the boarding point of your cruise at least 15 to 20 minutes before the boat departs. Settle in comfortably before embarking on your journey. 
  • Embark on your cruise: On the day of your boat tour, present your email voucher before boarding the cruise.

Know before you go on a Spree River cruise in Berlin

Timings
Best time to go on a cruise
Route
Boarding points
Getting there
Food & drinks
Facilities
Visitor tips
Berlin sightseeing cruises
Sightseeing cruises

Average duration: 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes
General timings: Most Berlin sightseeing cruises operate between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. The luxury catamaran cruises are available only between April and September from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am and 1:30 pm. Look at your ticket details for more details.

City tour boat tours

Average duration: 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes
General timings: Most Berlin city tour boats that start from the center of Berlin and go towards either the East or West Harbor of the city run between 11 am and 5:15 pm. Take a look at your email voucher for more details.

Dinner cruises

Average duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
General timings: Berlin dinner cruises start at 6:30 pm. Moonlight romantic cruises start at 9 pm and continue until midnight. Check your email voucher for more details.

Lake cruises

Average duration: 2 hours to 3 hours
General timings: The Seven Lakes tour operates between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. And, the Muggelsee Lake cruise starts at 11 am and 3 pm. Look at your email voucher for the exact hours.

Best time to go on a cruise
  • Weekday vs weekend: Berlin attracts hundreds of tourists throughout the year. It is crowded on most days. Avoid choosing sightseeing cruises that start from Mitte over the week, as parking is limited on weekdays on Mitte. If you want to tour the historic Museum districts after your cruise, avoid visiting on the weekend as most shops are closed on Sundays. 
  • Best time of the year: April to May and September are the best months to cruise along the River Spree. The weather is pleasant during the spring and fall months. Also, there are fewer tourists in September and October as most students go back to school. June and July are the hottest months in Berlin. While visibility may be clear during these months, it may feel too hot to stand on the open decks for a long time under the sun. Avoid cruising in the winter months as the weather is unpredictable and may turn foggy.
1-hour city cruise from Mitte

This cruise starts from Mitte and passes through Reichstag, the Government District, the House of World and Cultures, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column in Tiergarten, and stops at Nikolaiviertel.

2.5-hour city boat tour- Through the center of Berlin to the West Harbor

This boat tour begins from Friedrichstraße and sails along the Spree to halt at Muhlendammschleuse. You can spot the Berliner Dom, Nikolaiviertel, and Museum Island along the way. Then, the boat meanders through the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal to reach Westhafen.

2-hour eco-friendly cruise from Jannowitzbrucke

This eco-friendly luxury catamaran cruise starts from Jannowitzbrucke and heads towards Planterwald to Zenner and back. Treptower Park is one of the major highlights of this cruise. You can also spot the Archenhold Observatory and Haus Zenner.

2.5-hour East Side sightseeing cruise

Explore the east side of the Berlin Wall on this sightseeing cruise. You can catch glimpses of several historic sights like the TV Tower, Berliner Dom, Oberbaumbrucke, Osthafen Universal, Mercedes-Benz arena, and others.

Berlin boat tours boarding points
  • Friedrichstraße: City boat tours from Berlin Mitte and boat tours from the center of Berlin to the West Harbor depart from this point. 
  • Anlegestelle Alte Borse: You can board city cruises from Berlin Mitte and east-side sightseeing cruises from Alte Borse. 
  • Nikolaiviertel: City boat tours from Berlin Mitte depart from Nikolaiviertel. 
  • Anlegestelle Wannsee: The city’s Seven Lakes tour passes through some of the most iconic lakes in the city and departs from Wannsee. 
  • Liegestelle Seminarschiff: Moonlight romantic cruises in Berlin start from this boarding point. 
  • Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrucke: Eco-friendly cruises depart from Jannowitzbrucke. These cruises operate on luxury catamaran boats. 
  • Treptow Harbor: Berlin boat tours towards Muggelsee Lake depart from the Treptow Harbor in the city. 
  • Caprivi Bridge: Berlin dinner cruises start from the Caprivi Bridge.
  • Friedrichstraße: Board the U6 metro to reach Friedrichstraße. 
  • Anlegestelle Alte Borse: The S-Bahn reaches Hackescher Markt, from where you can walk to Alte Borse. 
  • Anlegestelle Wannsee: The IC2431 and IC2432 reach Berlin Wannsee station, from where cruises depart. 
  • Liegestelle Seminarschiff: The U9 metro passes by U Turmstr, from wheer you can walk to this boarding point. 
  • Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrucke: You can choose between the U8 U-Bahn and S3, S5, S7, or S9 S-Bahn to reach Jannowitzbrucke. 
  • Treptow Harbour: The S8, S9, S41, S42, S45, S46, S47 and S85 metros reach the Treptower Park. 
  • Caprivi Bridge: You can board the U7 metro to reach U-Richard-Wagner-Platz, from where you can walk to the Caprivi Bridge.

Most Berlin sightseeing cruises offer meal options on board. They are often not included in the tour, however, you can choose what you want to eat and book it separately after getting on the cruise. If you want to pre-book your dinner or want to enjoy your dinner while cruising along the River Spree, you can book a Berlin dinner boat tour.

  • Dinner cruise in Berlin: These cruises depart from Caprivi Bridge at 6:30 pm. You can enjoy a 3 or 4-course dinner, glasses of prosecco, a second drink, or unlimited cocktails on board, depending on the tickets you purchase. 
  • Moonlight Cruise in Berlin: These cruises are ideal for romantic partners looking to enjoy a sojourn along the River Spree. You can enjoy wine and cheese while watching the illuminated landmarks pass by. The boat also plays soft music for you to dance to. 
Facilities available on Berlin boat tours
  • Open decks: All boat tours in Berlin, whether you choose a convertible ship, a 2-story cruise, or a luxury catamaran, offer open decks so that you can enjoy unobstructed views of the waterfront. You can lounge on these decks throughout the cruise. 
  • Heated cabins: The open decks get chilly after sunset hours, especially if you are cruising along the Spree around September and October. You can retire to the heated cabins on board and watch the landmarks from the glass windows. 
  • Restrooms: There are accessible restrooms on boats for your convenience. 
  • First-aid kits: All Berlin cruises have medicine kits and experienced staff on board to help you in case of any emergency. 
  • Life jackets: There are life jackets and safety gear on board in every Berlin boat tour. You can make use of them in case of an emergency. 
Tips to note before going on Berlin boat tours
  • Check departure points: Berlin boat tours depart from different points along the River Spree, including Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, Alte Borse, Anlegestelle Wannsee, Liegestelle Seminarschiff, and others. Choose a boat tour that is nearest to your accommodation, or near the landmarks you want to explore after your cruise. 
  • Consider the tour’s timing: You can choose between a daytime sightseeing boat tour or an evening dinner cruise. While the day boat tours offer clear views of the scenic waterfront and the surrounding landmarks, the dinner cruise offers a lavish meal with prosecco and cocktails. 
  • Arrive early: We recommend you reach at least 15 minutes before your cruise begins to show your ticket voucher and settle in the boat comfortably. 
  • Inform dietary restrictions: If you are allergic to any ingredients on the menu, make sure to inform the staff right after boarding the cruise.
  • Listen to the commentary: Most Berlin boat tours offer live commentary in German and English along with audio guides in over 5 to 11 languages. Listen to them as you pass by the city’s iconic landmarks for lesser-known anecdotes and the history behind their construction.
  • Bring essentials: If you have booked a daytime Berlin sightseeing cruise, carry a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, especially if you are traveling around June to August. Carry a light jacket as the wind gets cooler as the day sets.

Frequently asked questions about Berlin Spree boat tours

What are the different types of Berlin boat tours?

From sightseeing cruises that let you marvel at the modern and historic buildings along the Spree to city tour boats that take you from the center of the city to the West Harbor, there are a variety of Berlin boat tours you can choose from. You can also opt for boat tours that take you on a stunning sojourn along the 7 lakes in the city. If you choose the Mugglesee Lake boat tour, you can get down at nearby localities like Kopenick and Rubezahl and explore these areas.

Which Berlin boat tour should I book?

Most Berlin city boat tours start from Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Alte Borse. They begin from the center of the city and take you to the East side of Berlin or the West Harbor, depending on the option you choose. These boat tours are perfect for history enthusiasts and those looking to explore the city’s divided past. If you love nature, you can choose the boat tour that sails through 7 lakes in the city. You can also find sightseeing cruises that start from Liegestelle Seminarschiff, Anlegestelle Wannsee, and Treptow Harbor. If your accommodation is closer to these boarding ports, we recommend you choose these boat tours.

How much do Berlin boat tours cost?

The Berlin sightseeing boat tours start from . Most Berlin boat tours include live commentary in German and English and offer multilingual audio guides in about 5 to 11 languages. Make sure to use these amenities on board to familiarize yourself with the history of the landmarks that pass by.

What is the best time for a Spree River cruise in Berlin?

April to May and September are the best months for a Spree River cruise in Berlin. The skies are clear and you can enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding landmarks. Fewer people are on board as most tourists depart or return to school after August. The temperatures are pleasant as compared to the scorching sun in June and July. We recommend you avoid the winter months as the weather is foggy and visibility may be compromised. However, if you want to indulge in a lavish dinner with cocktails, you can opt for a dinner cruise. When the deck feels too windy, you can step inside one of the heated cabins on board.

When do Berlin dinner cruises depart?

Most Berlin sightseeing cruises and city boat tours operate between 11 am to 5 pm. Dinner boat tours start at 6:30 pm. If you want to go on a romantic date along the Spree, opt for the moonlight dinner cruises that operate between 9:30 pm and 12 am. You can avail of 2-story and convertible boats throughout the year, however, the luxury catamaran cruises depart only between April to October.

From where do I get on Berlin cruise boats?

The best perk about embarking on cruises along the Spree in Berlin is that they have several boarding ports. A majority of the Berlin city tour boats start from Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Alte Borse. The sightseeing cruises that pass through lakes begin from Anlegestelle Wannsee or the Treptow Harbor. Some Berlin sightseeing cruises also start from Liegestelle Seminarschiff and Jannowitzbrucke. You can choose the one nearest to your accommodation for your convenience.

What will I see on Berlin River boat tours?

Most Berlin city tour boats and sightseeing cruises begin from the center of the city, around Friedrichstraße or Alte Borse, and go towards the east side of the city or West Harbor. You can catch glimpses of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks like the TV Tower, Museum Island, Reichstag, Tiergarten, Bellevue Palace, and more. The Berlin Lake Cruises run along Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stolpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Brucke, Jungfernsee, and Pfauensee.

What river do Berlin boat tours pass along?

The Berlin boat tours run along River Spree. From the iconic Berlin Cathedral. East-Side Gallery, Berlin TV Tower, and Museum Island, the river frames some of the city’s most celebrated sights. Whether you embark on a cruise or explore its banks on foot or bicycle, the Spree River offers glimpses into the city’s past.

How long are Berlin River cruises?

A majority of the Berlin city tour boats and sightseeing boats run for 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes. If you book dinner cruises, you can spend around 3 hours enjoying a lavish dinner and cocktails on board. The Mugglesee Lake cruise continues for 3 hours and allows you to get down at Kopenick, Rubezahl, or Friedrichshafen and explore the Mugglesee Hills.

Which Berlin River boat tours should families choose?

Prams, strollers, and guide dogs are allowed on most Berlin sightseeing cruises. These cruises, especially the city boat tours are informative, include live commentary, and multilingual audio guides on board. You can book any of the Berlin boat tours to enjoy cruising along the Spree with your family.

Do Berlin River cruises include dinner?

Yes, some sightseeing cruises also include dinner. Berlin dinner cruises are usually longer, around 3 hours. You can enjoy wine and cheese or opt for a lavish 3 or 4-course dinner with glasses of prosecco, cocktails, or unlimited drinks, depending on the option you choose.

Will I be offered drinks on Spree River boats in Berlin?

Yes, if you choose Berlin boat tours that include dinner on board, you can help yourself to a few glasses of prosecco, some cocktails, or unlimited drinks, depending on the kind of ticket you book.

Is there any boat tour for couples in Berlin?

If you are visiting the city with your date or are on your honeymoon, we recommend you book the moonlight cruise in Berlin. You can sail along the Spree, watch the illuminated landmarks pass by, and unwind on the open decks. You can also help yourself to fine wine and cheese and dance with your partner to some slow music on board.

What should I bring on Berlin boat tours?

You only need your ticket voucher to embark on your Spree River cruise. You can avail of first aid kits, meals, and safety gear on board if you need them. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the boat departs to your chosen port.

Are Berlin boat tours wheelchair accessible?

Most Berlin sightseeing cruises are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, however, make sure to check your ticket voucher for more details. All boat tours allow prams and strollers to embark on the cruise.

Are pets allowed on Berlin boat tours?

While most Berlin boat tours do not allow pets on board, if you have a guide dog, you can take them on board. Make sure that your dogs are well-behaved and are kept on a leash at all times.

Can I cancel my Berlin boat trips?

Yes, you can cancel and reschedule most of the Berlin boat tours. If you have booked tickets online and are unable to make it on the day of your visit, you can cancel them and get a full refund up to 24 hours before the experience begins.