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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Plan Your Berlin Boat Tour Visit

Berlin’s magnificent architecture and rich history deserve special attention. The German capital has many canals and waterways mainly washed by its two large rivers Spree and Havel. A Berlin boat tour offers a unique way to admire the city’s cultural hubs and famous landmarks. Use this guide to book your Berlin boat tours.

Berlin boat tours | Visitor information at a glance

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  • What are the Berlin boat tour timings?
    Berlin boat tours begin daily at 11 AM and end at 6 PM.
  • Where do the Berlin boat tours depart from?
    Berlin boat tours begin from several locations along the city’s waterways. Friedrichstraße, Pier Alte Börse, and Charlottenburg are popular spots but check with the tour operator to know the starting point of your Berlin Boat Tour.
  • How many visitors do the Berlin boat tours see every year?
    Several companies offer the Berlin boat tour. As a result, it is difficult to estimate the cumulative yearly visitors. But it’s safe to say that over 100,000 people explore Berlin on boats yearly.
  • What is the best time to go on a Berlin boat tour?
    Summers are an excellent time to go on a Berlin boat tour. The weather is pleasant, and the days are longer, giving you ample time to explore the German capital on a boat.

Berlin boat tour timings

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Best time to go for Berlin boat tours

Weekend vs weekday

You can explore Berlin on a boat tour on weekdays as well as on weekends. Weekdays are the better option to avoid crowds. Fewer tourists and locals are around, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable experience. Weekdays are generally crowded.

Best time in the year

While Berlin is beautiful throughout the year, summers are pleasant and warmer. The weather is perfect for a boat ride through the city’s canals. Winters in Berlin can be challenging for some, disrupting their experience.

Best time in the day

Take a Berlin Boat Tour when it starts, i.e., 11 AM or after lunchtime. The other times during the day may see a rush.

Berlin River cruises departure points

Sightseeing cruises
Dinner cruises
City tour boats
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Know before you go for Berlin boat tours

Eat
Stay
Rules
Facilities
Accessibility
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There are a variety of restaurants and places to indulge your appetite after a Berlin Boat session:

  • BLOCK HOUSE Friedrichstraße - Head to this restaurant in Friedrichstraße 100 for the best steak in Berlin.
  • Boulevard Friedrichstrasse - Enjoy the best of seasonal German cuisine and house-baked bread at this restaurant.
  • Grill Royal - Immerse yourself in the delicious menu of this restaurant as you enjoy beautiful views of the river.
  • Hoa Rong - This restaurant is known for its delicious Vietnamese cuisine and friendly staff.
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You can choose from the following list of hotels to stay in during your trip to Berlin:

  • Budget stays - NEOHOSTEL Berlin (5.7 km), Hotel-Pension-Grand (15.5 km), Motel Plus Berlin Neukölln (15 km)
  • Comfort stays - Hotel Alter Markt (2.4 km), Hotel am Schloss Köpenick Berlin by Golden Tulip (3.6 km), Bett & Buch Hotel (4.7 km)
  • Luxury stays - pentahotel Berlin Köpenick (3.5 km), Seminar and guesthouse Flussbad Gartenstrasse (3.9 km), Hotel Ambassador-Berlin Grünau (7.3 km)
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  • Follow the boat crew’s instructions. Ensure you know the safety equipment and how to safely navigate out of the boat if there’s an emergency.
  • Avoid leaning over the edge of the boat. You may fall into the water.
  • Check with the boat crew if you can smoke or consume alcohol while on board.
  • Ensure you keep the boat clean and dispose of trash in designated areas. Keep the boat in the condition you found it.
  • There’ll be several passengers on board with you. Respect everyone’s space.
  • Check the boat tour operator’s rules for prohibited items before going on board.
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Here are the facilities inside Berlin boat tours:

  • Restrooms
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio commentary
  • WiFi
  • Heaters
  • Air conditioning
  • Life jackets
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  • Berlin boat tours are accessible to guests with mobility issues and other disabilities.
  • Guests can board the board and bring their wheelchairs to move around.
  • The restrooms are also accessible to individuals with disabilities.



Book your Berlin boat tours

1-Hour City Cruise from Berlin Mitte
Free Cancellation
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1 hr.
Audio Guide
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€21.90
2.5-Hour East-Side-Tour Sightseeing Cruise in East Berlin
Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. 30 min.
Audio Guide
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2.5-Hour City Boat Tour – Through the Center of Berlin to The West Harbor
Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. 30 min.
Audio Guide
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from
€28.90
Berlin Evening or Moonlight Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Guide
Free Cancellation
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. - 2 hr. 30 min.
Audio Guide
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€28.90
2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise in Berlin
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. 30 min.
Meals Included
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2-Hour Eco-Friendly Spree Cruise from Jannowitzbrücke
2 hr.
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€25.90
Combo (Save 8%): Berlin TV Tower Skip-the-Line Tickets + Guided City Cruise
Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
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€44.53
Combo (Save 8%): 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Berlin + Guided City Cruise
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Instant Confirmation
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Flexible Duration
Audio Guide
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€42.96

Tips to note when cruising on Berlin boat tours

  • Book your Berlin Boat Cruise tickets online. You may get discounts and deals.
  • Read the rules and instructions on the boat operator’s website before coming.
  • Book a morning Berlin boat tour, as there are fewer tourists around.
  • Depending on the month of your visit, carry warm clothes. Berlin can get chilly in winter and in the evenings during summer.
  • All the Berlin boat cruises are time-specific. Ensure you reach the starting point on or before the time mentioned on your ticket.
  • Use public transport. It is the best and quickest way to reach the starting points of various Berlin boat tours.
  • Inform the boat operator beforehand if you or your guests require wheelchair assistance.
  • Carry medication with you if you’re prone to sickness whenever on board.

Frequently asked questions about planning Berlin boat tours

Why should I take a Berlin boat tour?

A Berlin boat tour is a unique experience. It allows you to explore the best landmarks and places in the German capital from a different viewpoint.

How do I book tickets to take a Berlin boat tour?

You can book tickets to take a Berlin boat tour online. With online tickets, you can get deals and discounts.

How much does it cost to take a Berlin boat tour?

The Berlin boat tour's cost varies from €19.90 to €30, depending on your chosen package.

What is the best time to take a Berlin boat tour?

Summer is the best time to take a Berlin boat tour.

What are the Berlin boat tour's opening hours?

Most Berlin boat tours begin at 11 AM.

Are the Berlin boat tours wheelchair friendly?

Yes. The Berlin boat tours are wheelchair friendly.

Can I buy food and drinks on the Berlin boat tours?

Yes. You can buy food and drinks on Berlin boat tours.

How long is a Berlin boat tour?

The duration of a Berlin boat tour varies on the cruise you choose. Some may last one hour, while others extend for 3-4 hours.

Is it worth taking a Berlin Boat Tour?

Yes. A Berlin Boat Tour is an excellent way to explore the best places in Berlin and see it from a unique vantage point.