Berlin river cruises

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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.

Inclusions

  • 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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€28.90
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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)

Exclusions

  • 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-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

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  • Glide through the Havelseen Lakes in this 2-hour cruise that lets you relax while experiencing the beauty of Berlin waters.
  • Start your cruise at Wannsee and traverse through the glorious waters of the Havelseen lakes - Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stölpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Brücke, Jungfernsee and Pfauensee.
  • A commentary on the sites is given in German.
  • Sit back and relax while you see the architectural beauty of Wannsee.
  • Gander at Babelsberg Castle, Sacrow Church of the Savior, Nikolskoe with the Church of Peter and Paul, and the Wannsee lido.
  • Avail the opportunity to take a break from this cruise to combine it with a visit to the breathtaking Peacock Island or a hike through the awe-inspiring Grunewald.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour river cruise
  • German commentary

Exclusions

  • Food & drinks
  • Guided tour
  • 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.

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

  • 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-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.

Inclusions

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

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Under the Bridges: 3.25-Hour River Spree & Landwehrkanal Boat Tour

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  • Experience the historic sights of Berlin and sail under its famous bridges on this 3.25-hour cruise along the River Spree and Landwehrkanal.
  • With onboard commentary in German or an audio guide in 10 languages, enhance your sightseeing tour by listening to information about each attraction.
  • Whatever the weather, enjoy views of Berlin from the sun deck or take advantage of the indoor seating.
  • Pass under the iconic Oberbaum Bridge, a symbol of Berlin's unity. It's known for connecting parts of the city previously divided by the Berlin Wall.
  • You'll see significant landmarks that make Berlin what it is such as the Reichstag- housing Germany's Lower Parliament - the Berlin Cathedral and City Palace, the House of World Cultures, the Niklolaiviertel district, and more.
  • Choose to sample some fine coffee, cake, and hot dishes during the cruise (not included in the ticket).

Inclusions

  • 3.25-hour sightseeing boat tour
  • Onboard commentary in German (optional)
  • Multilingual audio guide (can be borrowed free of charge on board)

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  • Food and drinks (can be purchased onboard)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Live guide
  • The multilingual audio guide is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, and Hebrew.
  • Choice of food options onboard include the following:

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1 pot of coffee or tea + 1 sheet cake with cream

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Cream of tomato soup - Pork medallions • Cream of mushrooms • Tagliatelle - Belgian waffle - Berry compote

Menu 2 - Beef goulash

Cream of tomato soup - Beef goulash • Ribbon noodles - Belgian waffle - Berry compote

Menu 3 - Saithe fillet

Cream of tomato soup - Pollock fillet - Leaf spinach - Long grain rice - Belgian waffle - Berry compote

Menu 4 - Veggie

Cream of tomato soup - Aubergine curry - Long grain rice - Belgian waffle - Berry compote

Note: all menus can be booked online up to 48 hours before schedule and only in connection with the corresponding ticket.

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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 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.

Inclusions

  • 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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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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Berlin River cruises | Sightseeing along the River Spree

Sightseeing cruises offer a unique way to admire Berlin’s unique cityscape; modern, sleek structures flanked by historic government buildings. The Berlin sightseeing cruises glide along the Spree as you marvel at the landmarks situated on each bank of the river. Almost all boat tours offer live commentary in German and English along with multilingual audio guides in 5 to 11 languages. You can familiarize yourself with the lesser-known anecdotes and history behind the city’s landmarks. 

Navigate your Berlin sightseeing boat tours guide

  1. Why choose sightseeing boat cruises in Berlin?
  2. Things to know before booking Berlin River sightseeing cruises
  3. Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained
  4. Find your best Berlin River cruise match here
  5. What to expect on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?
  6. Top landmarks towards the west side of the Berlin Harbor
  7. Top landmarks towards the east side of the Berlin Harbor
  8. Berlin sightseeing cruise boarding points
  9. Plan your Berlin River sightseeing cruise experience
  10. 3 steps to ensure a hassle-free Berlin sightseeing boat tour
  11. Other types of boat tours in Berlin
  12. Frequently asked questions about Berlin River sightseeing cruises

Things to know before booking Berlin River sightseeing cruises

  • There are multiple boarding points for Berlin boat tours along the River Spree. If your accommodation is closer to Nikolaiviertel or Alte Borse, you can go for the 1-hour city sightseeing cruises. You can enjoy an evening sightseeing cruise or a west-side city boat tour from Friedrichstrasse. 
  • If you are short on time, choose the 1-hour city sightseeing cruise from Mitte. If you have around half a day, you can go for the 3.5-hour Landwehrkanal cruise. For visitors planning to spend a full day in Berlin, the cruise combos are the ideal option. You can pair your sightseeing cruise with a guided tour of the DDR Museum or a visit to the TV Tower. 
  • Most Berlin sightseeing cruises offer a convertible or a 2-story boat and range between €21.90 to €32. You can also find luxury, solar-powered, eco-friendly catamarans around the same range. 
  • Berlin sightseeing cruises operate throughout the day. Choose daytime cruises for clear skies and the best views of the historic landmarks. If you choose evening sightseeing cruises, you can watch the illuminated landmarks glistening along the Spree. 
  • You can also choose sightseeing cruises that go beyond River Spree. The Landwehrkanal tour begins from Anlegestelle Jannowitzbrucke and takes you through the Federal Chancellery, House of World Cultures, Bellevue Palace, and more.
  • Nature enthusiasts must go for Berlin Lakes cruises. The Seven Lakes boat tour takes you on a relaxing sojourn across some of the most serene lakes in the city, like the Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesse, Jungfurnsee, and others.
  • If you want to enjoy quality time with a partner or indulge in a lavish dinner, go for Berlin dinner cruises. They offer gourmet meals with glasses of prosecco and other cocktails. The moonlight cruise is perfect for a date and serves high-quality wine and cheese. 
  • If you love photography, you must choose an afternoon slot or an evening sightseeing cruise. You can capture the best golden hour photos as the sun sets across the Spree. 

Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained

Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained

West Side sightseeing boat tours

  • The West side sightseeing boat tours start from around central Berlin and go towards the west side of the Berlin Harbor, crossing past landmarks like Bellevue Palace, Reichstag, the Victory Column, Tiergarten Park, and more. 
  • These sightseeing tours also include live commentary in German and multilingual audio guides in around 11 languages for a personalized and informative cruising experience. 

Recommended boat tours:

  • 1-hour city cruise from Berlin Mitte
  • 2.5-hour city boat tour
Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained

East Side sightseeing boat tours

  • These sightseeing cruises start from either the central or western part of the city and move towards the east side of the Berlin Harbor. On these boat tours, you can sail past landmarks like the Oberbaum Bridge, the East Side Gallery, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Mercedes-Benz Arena, and more. 
  • These tours also include live commentary and multilingual audio guides. 

Recommended boat tours:

  • 2-hour evening sightseeing cruise with an audio guide
  • 2.5-hour East side tour
Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained

Lake cruising tours

  • The Seven Lakes cruises in Berlin take you through some of the most iconic lakes in the city like Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, and Stolpchensee. On this cruise, you can witness landmarks such as the Babelsberg Castle, the Sacrow Church of the Savior, and others.
  • The Mugglesee Lake cruise starts from the Treptow Harbor and takes you to the picturesque lake of the same name. You can explore nearby sites like Kopenick, Rubezahl, and Friedrichshafen. You can also hike up the Mugglesee Hill if you have time. 

Recommended boat tours:

  • 2-hour Seven Lakes tour
  • 3-hour Spree cruise to Mugglesee Lake
Your Berlin River sightseeing cruise options explained

Berlin cruises beyond River Spree

  • If you have a few hours to spare, you can book cruises that go beyond River Spree. The Landwehrkanal cruise is around 4 hours long and passes through landmarks like Tiergarten, Charlottenburg Palace, Urbanhafen, and more.
  • The Mugglesee Lake cruise is another option you can choose if you want to sail away from the city. Upon reaching the lake, you can explore nearby sites like Kopenick and Rubezahl or hike up the Mugglesee Hills. 

Recommended boat tours:

  • 3.25-hour River Spree and Landwehrkanal boat tour
  • 3-hour Spree cruise to Mugglesee Lake

Find your best Berlin River cruise match here

Experience
Boarding Points
Timings
Book Tickets
1-hour city cruise from Berlin Mitte
Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Alte Borse
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11 am to 5:15 pm
2.5-hour city-Loungefahrt mit dem Schiff in Berlin
Liegestelle Seminarschiff
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Sat: 12:30 pm to 3 pm and summer: 4:30 pm to 7 pm
1-hour sightseeing cruise on the River Spree
Alte Borse
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11:15 am to 3:45 pm
2-hour Seven Lakes Tour
Anlegestelle Wannsee
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10:30 am to 2:30 pm
3-hour Spree Cruise to Müggelsee lake
Treptow Harbor
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11 am and 3 pm
2.5-hour city boat tour – Through the center of Berlin to the West Harbor
Friedrichstrasse
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10:30 am to 3 pm
2.5-hour East-side tour sightseeing cruise
Alte Borse
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2:45 pm to 5:15 pm
2-hour 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
Under the Bridges: 3.25-hour River Spree & Landwehrkanal boat tour
Jannowitzbrucke
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10:45 am and 2:20 pm
2-hour evening cruise with an audio guide
Friedrichstraße
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10:30 am to 3 pm

What to expect on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?

What to expect on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?

Scenic views of the waterfront

The German capital is known for its sleek buildings and historic landmarks lined along the River Spree. On Berlin boat tours, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the city’s riverscape and admire the landmarks along the River Spree's banks. These cruises are ideal for history lovers, as you can observe the historic buildings from unique vantage points.

What to expect on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?

Live commentary by professionals and audio guides

One of the best perks of booking Berlin boat tours is that no matter which boat or route you choose, you can avail yourself of multilingual audio guides on board. These guides help you learn about the history and legends associated with a landmark. Some cruise ships also offer live commentary in both German and English.

What to expect on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?

Comfortable interiors and impeccable service

What makes Berlin boat tours a top choice among visitors is their variety of choices. You can choose between a convertible ship, a 2-story boat, or a luxury, solar-powered catamaran. All these boats have open, spacious decks and comfortable, heated indoor cabins. There are professional staff on board to aid you in case of emergencies and to ensure you have a premium cruising experience. 

Berlin sightseeing cruise boarding points

Friedrichstraße

Nearest landmarks: Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island
Nearest metro station:
Friedrichstraße
Boat tours:
1-hour city cruise from Berlin Mitte and 2.5-hour city boat tour – Through the center of Berlin to the West Harbor

Alte Borse

Nearest landmarks: Leipzig Market Square, St. Nicholas Church, and Leipzig University
Nearest metro station:
Hackescher Markt
Boat tours:
1-hour city cruise from Berlin Mitte, 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the River Spree, and 2.5-hour East-side tour sightseeing cruise in East Berlin

Nikolaiviertel

Nearest landmarks: Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz, and Berlin TV Tower
Nearest metro station:
U Rotes Rathaus
Boat tours:
1-hour city cruise from Berlin Mitte

Liegestelle Seminarschiff

Nearest landmarks: Berlin Hauptbahnhof, German Chancellery, and Reichstag
Nearest metro station:
U Turmstr
Boat tours:
City-Loungefahrt mit dem Schiff and romantic moonlight cruise

Anlegestelle Wannsee

Nearest landmarks: Wannsee Haus, Pfaueninsel, and Glienicke Bridge
Nearest metro station:
Berlin Wannsee station
Boat tours:
2-hour Seven Lakes tour

Treptow Harbor

Nearest landmarks: Treptower Park, Soviet War Memorial, and Spree River Promenade
Nearest metro station:
U Schlessiches Tor
Boat tours:
3-hour Spree Cruise to Muggelsee Lake

Jannowitzbrucke

Nearest landmarks: East Side Gallery, Oberbaum Bridge, and Kreuzberg District
Nearest metro station:
Jannowitzbrucke
Boat tours:
2-hr eco-friendly river cruise in a luxury solar catamaran and Under the Bridges: 3.25-hour River Spree & Landwehrkanal boat tour

Plan your Berlin River sightseeing cruise experience

Timings
Best time to go on a cruise
Getting there
Facilities
Visitor tips
Sightseeing Cruise Timings
Best time to go on a Berlin sightseeing cruise

Best time of the week: The Berlin sightseeing boat tours operate throughout the year and attract tourists from all over the globe. It is crowded on most days. If you want to go on a city sightseeing cruise near Mitte, avoid sailing over the week. Parking is limited near Mitte’s boarding port on weekdays. If you want to explore the museums in Museum Island or walk across the historic districts after your sightseeing cruise, avoid weekends, as most museums and quaint shops are closed on Sundays. 

Best time of the year: April to May and September are the best months to cruise along the Spree. Around September, the schools re-open and fewer families book sightseeing boat tours. June and July are the hottest months of the year. While these months offer the clearest views of the city’s landmarks, it gets too hot to lounge on the open decks for a long time. If you do not mind the cold, you can visit the city between November and December, and explore its Christmas markets. 

How to reach Friedrichstraße?
Friedrichstraße
  • By bus: 147 and N6
  • By metro: U6
  • By tram: 12 and M1
  • By train: FEX, RB14, RB21, and Flixtrain
Nikolaiviertel
  • By train: S1, S7, and S9
  • By metro: U3, U5, and U9
  • By bus: U6
Wannsee
  • By bus: 114, 118
  • By train: IC2431, IC2432
Jannowitzbrucke
  • By train: RB14 and RE7
  • By metro: U-Bahn U8, S-Bahn S3, S5, S7, and S9
  • By bus: 300, N8, N40, N60, and N65
Facilities available on Berlin boat tours
  • Open decks: The Berlin sightseeing cruise boats have ample space on their decks. You can lounge in these spaces, marvel at the landmarks, and soak in the sun. 
  • Heated cabins: After the sun sets, if it gets too cold for you to stand on the decks, or if you are visiting in the winter months, you can retire to the cabins. They are heated and cozy. 
  • Restrooms: There are accessible toilets on board for your convenience. 
  • First-aid kits: You can find life jackets, first-aid kits, and safety gear on sightseeing boats in case of any emergency. 
  • Dinner options: You can choose lavish meal options with glasses of prosecco and cocktails on Berlin sightseeing dinner cruises. 
  • Professional staff: There are experienced professionals on board to aid you in case of emergencies and to ensure that you have a hassle-free cruising experience.
Tips to note when boarding Berlin sightseeing boat tours
  • Check the ticket voucher: After confirming your payment, make sure to check your ticket details to ensure that your information is correct. Confirm the boarding point, duration, and timings of the boat tour. Keep this voucher handy, for you have to show it before embarking on your cruise. 
  • Arrive early: Reach your tour’s boarding point at least 15 to 20 minutes before the cruise begins to settle in comfortably. 
  • Bring sun protection: If you plan to lounge on the open decks for a long time, carry sunglasses, sunscreen, and an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun. 
  • Listen to audio guides: All sightseeing boat tours offer live commentary in German and English and include multilingual audio guides in around 5 to 12 languages. Make sure to listen to them to acquaint yourself with the history behind the landmarks. 
  • Book tickets online: It is best to reserve tickets online in advance since these sightseeing boat tours are in demand throughout the year. Online ticket bookings ensure that your seat is reserved and you can embark on your cruise, no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. 

3 steps to ensure a hassle-free Berlin sightseeing boat tour

  • Check your ticket voucher: After making your payment, make sure to check your email for a copy of the ticket voucher. Confirm your ticket details such as your name, the tour’s boarding point, timings, and duration. Keep this voucher handy, for you need to show it before boarding your sightseeing boat tour. 
  • Arrive early: We recommend arriving at least 15 to 20 minutes before the cruise’s scheduled departure to settle in comfortably. 
  • Board your cruise: On the day of departure, display your boarding voucher at the port and embark on your cruise. Bring a camera and look out for the towering historic sites along the banks of the River Spree. 

More boat tours in Berlin

Berlin city tour boats

Berlin city tour boats

What sets apart Berlin city tour boats is that they follow a distinct route. These tours typically start from the center of the city and go towards the West or the East side of the Berlin Harbor. You will pass by landmarks like the Berlin TV Tower, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin Cathedral, Museum District, Reichstag, and more. These tours also offer multilingual audio guides and live commentary on board.

Berlin dinner cruises

Berlin dinner cruises

The Berlin dinner cruises are ideal for couples looking to spend some quality time sojourning along the River Spree. As their name suggests, these cruises include lavish dinners, prosecco glasses, and cocktails. The dinner cruises operate in the evening, after 6:30 pm.

Frequently asked questions about Berlin River sightseeing cruises

How do I book Berlin sightseeing cruises?

We recommend you book Berlin sightseeing cruises online to save time and money. With online ticket bookings, you can avoid standing in long lines and ensure that you get guaranteed access to your chosen boat tour, no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. 

How much do Berlin sightseeing boat tours cost?

Berlin River cruises are available online starting from . The Lakes cruises, passing through Kleiner Wannsee, Glienicker Brucke, and Jungfernsee are around €22. The city boat tours starting from the center of the city and going towards either the east or west side of the Berlin Harbor are between €28.90 and €30. If you add dinner options and cocktails, they would cost around €69.

What is included in a Berlin sightseeing cruise?

All Berlin sightseeing boat tours include multilingual audio guides in around 5 to 12 languages, depending on which cruises you book. They also feature live commentary in German and English. You can also include gourmet meal options, cocktails, and glasses of prosecco, making for a fine dining experience along the River Spree. 

What route do Berlin sightseeing boat tours take?

The Berlin sightseeing cruises have multiple boarding points along the Spree, The city tour boats that start from Friedrichstraße go towards the west side of the Berlin Harbor while the ones that start from Alte Borse sail towards the east side of the city. The Berlin Lake cruises start from Anlegestelle Wannsee and pass through some of the most iconic lakes in the city, like Kleiner Wannsee, Pohlesee, Stolpchensee, and Glienicker Brucke.

What can I see on a Berlin cruise along the Spree?

Many of the city’s iconic historic buildings are situated on the banks of the River Spree. On a sightseeing cruise, you can catch glimpses of the TV Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island, Treptower Park, Charlottenburg Palace, East Side Gallery, and more.

What kind of boats are available on Berlin Spree cruises?

Berlin sightseeing boat tours offer a number of choices. You can pick a convertible ship, a 2-story boat, or a luxury, solar-powered catamaran, an eco-friendly alternative.

From where will I get on my Berlin River cruise?

One of the best perks of booking Berlin sightseeing cruises is that they have multiple boarding points along the Spree. They depart from Alte Borse, Nikolaiviertel, Jannowitzbrucke, and several other ports. You can choose the one nearest to your accommodation or depending on the kind of streets and markets you want to explore nearby.

How long are Berlin River sightseeing cruises?

Most Berlin sightseeing cruises are 1 hour to 2 hours long. The cruises that go beyond  Spree, towards Landwehrkanal, are around 3.5 to 4 hours. Dinner cruises, which include a lavish 3 or 4-course gourmet meal, lasts for around 3 hours.

What kind of food and drinks are offered on Berlin sightseeing boat tours?

Depending on the kind of tickets you choose, you can enjoy an elaborate 3 or 4-course authentic German dinner, with glasses of prosecco, and cocktails. If you book Berlin dinner cruises, make sure to try their Swabian potato salad and green jelly with vanilla toppings.

What is the best time to go on a Berlin sightseeing boat tour?

April to May and September are the best months to book a Berlin sightseeing boat tour. The weather is pleasant and there are clear skies, meaning you can enjoy unobstructed views of the landmarks along the River Spree.

What facilities are available on Berlin sightseeing boat tours?

You can choose between a convertible ship, a 2-story boat, and a luxury catamaran. All Berlin tour boats are equipped with modern state-of-the-art facilities, open decks, cozy lounges, accessible restrooms, and heated cabins. These cruises also feature live commentary in German and English and offer multilingual audio guides as well in over 5 to 12 languages.

What are some popular sightseeing boat tours in Berlin?

Whether you are a history nerd or want to relax in the lap of nature, there is something for every kind of traveler on Berlin boat tours. To learn more about the historic sites along the banks of the Spree, you can choose a city cruise from Friedrichstraße, Nikolaiviertel, or Alte Borse. The Seven Lakes boat tours, departing from Wannsee, and the Mugglesee Lake cruise from Jannowitzbrucke are ideal for visitors looking to get away from the city bustle.

What to bring on a Berlin River sightseeing cruise?

All Berlin sightseeing boats are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offer accessible restrooms, heated cabins, and gourmet dinner options on board. You only have to bring your booking confirmation voucher and a valid identification card to board your cruise.

Are Berlin sightseeing boat tours suitable for children?

Yes, all Berlin boat tours are suitable for families with infants and strollers. You can bring your prams and strollers on board.

Are there any accessibility considerations for Berlin sightseeing boat tours?

Most Berlin sightseeing cruises are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. The open decks have seating areas and there are professional staff on board to help you board the cruise and settle in comfortably.