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2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

1. 2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the idyllic Havel Lakes, the chain of lakes so rich in traditions that not just locals are drawn to them. Venture beyond Little Wannsee to Pohlesee, Stölpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Lake and Jungfernsee, before returning to Wannsee. Relax with the whole family on the beach or enjoy a walk into the picturesque wilderness along Wannsee and Oberhavelsee. See where such famous personages as the painter Max Liebermann or the dramatist Heinrich von Kleist lived and worked and get to know the historic significance of the lakes. Discover the rich history of the regions southwest and north of Berlin from the water. Travel back in time at these historically-significant sites and experience the history anew. The tour takes place from Wannsee across the Havel to Potsdam. Enjoy the tours through the idyllic Havel Lakes and many historic buildings like the Babelsberg Palace or the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow. See the fascinating island landscape in the north of Berlin. Valentinswerder, Baumwerder and Scharfenberg are just a few must-sees for nature-lovers. The tour operator's dock is located across from the Pfaueninsel. The island can be reached by ferry for a small fee. It is not possible to reserve outdoor seats.

Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

2. Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

This boat cruise takes you from Wannsee along the Havel River to Potsdam and back. Cruise through the palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Berlin, a UNESCO World Heritage region. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience Prussia’s history. The chain of lakes in and around Berlin attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can relax at one of the lidos or walk around the picturesque natural landscape that extends along Wannsee and the Oberhavel lakes. Discover the rich history of two regions near Berlin: the southwest and north. Famous personalities, such as the painter Max Liebermann or the playwright Heinrich von Kleist, lived and worked in Wannsee, making it a place of historical importance. The historical places give you the opportunity to go back in time and relive history. The cruise takes you from Wannsee to Kladow, passing by Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), Nikolskoe, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Continue on towards the Savior's Church, Cecilienhof Palace and its old dairy farm, and the Glienicke Bridge. Float by the Babelsberg Palace, Flatow Tower, Hans-Otto-Theater (Schiffbauergasse), "Freundschaftsinsel" (Friendship Island), and Potsdam/Lange Brücke before returning back to Wannsee.

Berlin: 2-Hour Lake Oberhavel Cruise from Tegel

3. Berlin: 2-Hour Lake Oberhavel Cruise from Tegel

Experience an amazing tour through the fascinating island landscape of northern Berlin. Drive past Villa Borsig, Konradshöhe, Alt Heiligensee, Nieder Neuendorf in the Land Brandenburg at the Lake Nieder Neuendorf and back over Saatwinkler Enge with the islands Valentinswerder, Baumwerder and Scharfenberg. Pure relaxation. The traditional lake chain is not only a magnet for Berliners. With children you can relax in the lido or take a walk and enjoy the picturesque natural landscape stretching along the Wannsee lake and Lake Oberhavel. An experience not to be missed.

Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

4. Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

Experience the beauty of historic Wannsee and its seven surrounding lakes, with your own private boat and captain. Begin your cruise on Tiefensee, with mesmerizing harbor views of historic Babelsberg Castle. Catch a glimpse of the luxurious villas hidden along the harbors of Griebnitzsee, known to host movie stars and celebrities.  Continue your route through the Stölpchensee, Pohlesee, Kleiner Wannsee, and Großer Wannsee, until arriving at Peacock Island, famous for its whimsical summer palace. A slight detour before your return will take you to Jungfernsee, home of the historic Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945.

Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

5. Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

Spend time on the water during your visit to Berlin. Sail along Wannsee Lake and Havel River on a 39-foot offshore cruiser. Learn to handle the yacht or simply sit back and relax. Your 3-hour sailing experience begins at the harbor next to the House of the Wannsee Conference. Sail in the Wannsee Lake and down Havel River amongst nature and many well-known sites of Berlin. Learn from the professional skipper how to steer the yacht, handles the ropes, or watch how they maneuver the yacht. If you prefer, simply just lay back, relax, and enjoy the sun. During your sailing experience, snacks and drinks will be available onboard.

Berlin: History of Wannsee Guided Small Group Tour

6. Berlin: History of Wannsee Guided Small Group Tour

Visit historic and picturesque locations to the southeast of Berlin on this guided tour. See where some of the richest members of society came to get away from the big city and built their lavish residences and visit several locations of historic significance. At the idyllic Wannsee, far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Berlin's upper middle classes built their magnificent summer residences at the end of the 19th century. The residents of the Wannsee Villa Colony were members of high society in the imperial capital. See some of the area's key locations of historic importance including Grunewald Villa Colony, Schwanenwerder Island, the Wannsee Villa Colony, the Gleis 17 Memorial, Glienicker Brücke, and the House of the Wannsee Conference.

Tagestour: Private Wannsee Lake and Werder Yacht Cruise

7. Tagestour: Private Wannsee Lake and Werder Yacht Cruise

See Potsdam from the back of a boat on a private, round-trip yacht tour and experience the city and its landmarks from the water. Start the tour with your private skipper waiting to welcome you on board at the dock. From Potsdam’s city center you’ll head to the Tiefensee, taking in the sights as you relax on the comfortable yacht. From there, head across to the Kleiner and Großer Wannsee, past downtown Potsdam at the Templinersee, and towards Caputh Castle. Along the way, there will be stops to refresh yourself in the water, or you can take the wheel for a while and feel like a captain yourself. Or just sit back, have a cool drink (not included), and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Enjoy the sight of the picturesque Werder Havel and Hermannswerder islands. Then finally, head back to the dock, relaxed from a day touring the scenic waters of Potsdam.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

8. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

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What people are saying about Wannsee

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,267 reviews

I would recommend booking the tour during the week so the boat was pleasantly empty. You can get off at some stations, explore something there for an hour or two and just hop on the next boat (hop on hop off), that was great. The captain tells about some villas and what to see, the crew was very nice. The ride was nice and quiet and comfortable!

It was beautiful and very punctual. We are English and speak German but with our English guests it was difficult to translate. It would have been better to have an English Audio available.

Audio Guido didn't work, but the human "replacement" was much better

So nice with a lot funs and most expersaly the VIP treatment that we were given

Nice on a hot day. The chef was a greatnstoryteller