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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

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

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

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

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

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.

What people are saying about Berlin

Smooth ride, but be sure to be there early enough

We booked a tour for 5 people for 17:30. Got there 17:27, the operator has just rolled the bridge and refused to let us board, and just sailed away. We were infuriated, called the service, they told us to come again the next day, in which we indeed got a ride with no additional cost, but with a very bitter taste. The ride itself was smooth and comfortable, bar with drinks (be sure not to bring too large notes - these were simply not accepted!), audio guides worked well.

Tour was nice, but finding the correct boarding location was tricky

The boarding point was identified as the intersection of two streets, but there are actually four boarding points at that intersection, and crossing back and forth trying to identify the correct one in heavy traffic caused us to miss our boat. We were re-booked on a tour the next morning, but it was a bit of a hassle.

1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating Reviewed by Gregory, 06/27/2019

Very good value cruise. The scenery is sehr schön.

The commentary, in English and German, is very understated and informative. It’s not at all crass or attempting to be funny which is the case for some tourist ventures. The boat is very well maintained. I would highly recommend this cruise.

Good service on-board and very informative

If you ever experienced the Bateaux Mouches in Paris, rest assured this is much better in any sense. It is much less crowded, it serves food and drinks, and the audio-guide is individual, free and VERY informative. Very pleasant ride!

Quite relaxing but if it’s hot expect a long wait for a drink

Slow plod around the Spree, nice view, commentary struggles to fill the space at times and the waiter only system was a bit of a shambles. Probably not as much fun without the blue skies and warm weather

Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree Reviewed by Brian, 07/28/2019