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5 Great Views You'll Only Get On A Berlin River Cruise

Berlin's ancient heart lies in its river, so any Spree tour is bound to cover the city's historic glory. Of course, you can see the sights by land if you want, but only a Berlin cruise offers these views!

  • Museum Island

    1. Museum Island

    The exhibitions at the Museum Island's five state museums rank among the world's best, but you can get great views of the Prussian architecture from a boat tour.

  • Oberbaum Bridge

    2. Oberbaum Bridge

    The 19th-century double-decker bridge, accommodating pedestrians and drivers, was built to resemble a historic city gate and unites the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. The view from the water is unmatchable!

  • Government District

    3. Government District

    As well as the Reichstag, the Government District is also home to the best of Berlin's modern architecture. Highlights like the House of World Cultures look even better by night!

  • Molecule Man

    4. Molecule Man

    See one of Berlin's more peculiar public artworks up close. Jonathan Borofsky's iron giants symbolize the intersection of the Treptow, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain districts. You can even glide right under the figures on a paddle board tour!

  • Bellevue Palace

    5. Bellevue Palace

    The German President's official residence was built to be seen from the land, but only from the water can you catch the Prussian Siegessäule (Victory Column) in the background and take some tip-top snaps.

Planning Your Visit

  • What's available?

    Berlin river boat trips come in a variety of forms, whether you want to see the city by night or day, or even choose a theme such as a movie tour. You can have lunch or dinner and drinks onboard too, and even extend your tour to take in the city's canals. Why not follow up your river tour with a cruise on one of Berlin's lakes?

  • How much does it cost?

    Tickets aboard the Berlin boats start at around €10, but bear in mind that more expensive tours are likely to be relatively excellent value for a European capital.

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What people are saying about Berlin

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4.2 / 5

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Although the weather was grey and slightly damp, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening kayak tour. I'd recommend you dress warm - but based on our really positive experience, don't worry if the weather forecast for your trip isn't exactly blue skies! The kayaking was harder work than expected (it was my first time), and the exercise kept us warm enough. Our tour guide was incredibly friendly and approachable, engaging all of us in nice conversation throughout. She pointed out interesting buildings and facts along our route, and switched seamlessly between English (for us) and German (for the convenience of the only other pair on our tour). The kayaks were comfortable and maintained in perfect condition. We received a short yet comprehensive tutorial on how to kayak at the start, and there was time to stop for pictures of the Molecule Man and Oberbaum Bridge during the tour. The pacing throughout was great - our guide really adapted to the ability/needs of the group. Highly recommended!

The ride was very pleasant and, above all, calm and emission-free. Very relaxed. This time the ship wasn't that crowded either. You got your own drinks, it was quick and you didn't have to wait forever for a waiter. Nice tour.

My friend and I had a wonderful time… especially with the bartender!

Wonderful trip. Perfect for anyone sensitive to sound !

Great tour - helpful staff - great facilities on biard