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Berlin at the waterfront

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The Müggelsee Lake in Berlin
The Müggelsee Lake in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Berlin's lakes and swimming in Berlin

Spree and Landwehr Canal, Müggelsee and Wannsee: Berlin is a green city with many lakes and rivers. This is why Berliners love being near the water above all else.

The best way to get to know the Berlin lake landscape is on a boat trip. Or you can sail along directly past the tourist attractions.

And even though Berlin is only a stone’s throw away from the sea, you can pack up your bathing suit and travel to one of the many lakes in and around Berlin.

Our bathing map will show you the shortest routes to the most beautiful lakes.

Berlin bathing map

Find the quickest way to get wet with our Berlin bathing map! Where’s the closest lake or outdoor swimming pool?

Our Berlin bathing map will show you the quickest S-Bahn or U-Bahn to the waterside.

A lido on a crystal-clear lake, an idyllic bay, a man-made lake or an outdoor swimming pool in the city: if you’re looking to cool off in the summer heat, public transport can get you there quickly.

Download the complete Berlin Swimming map!

Shipping along the Spree

See Berlin from a new angle: from aboard a boat. Take a boat or ship ride along the Spree, the Havel or the Landwehrkanal – right past the well-known tourist attractions in Berlin-Mitte or even as far as Potsdam.

Our travel service for smooth holidays in Berlin: get your tickets for boat and steamboat tours through Berlin through our convenient online booking service.

Three minutes and you’ve got the ticket you’re looking for. There are a number of places that hire out boats for you to do your own exploring on Berlin’s waterways.

Get in touch and we’ll help you organise a group tour or personal tour with you at the helm to decide the course.


When you picture Berlin, chances are you’re not thinking of idyllic beaches, clear lakes or relaxing by the waterside – you could, though.

Spree and Landwehrkanal, Müggelsee and Wannsee: Berlin is a green city with lakes and rivers galore. We’ll guarantee that you can find a quiet spot to relax on the waterside, even right in the middle of the city.

Going swimming in Berlin can take one of many guises. You could swim in a pool in the Spree – in the Badeschiff boat. Or go for a dip in the crystal-clear lakes in and around Berlin.

You’ll also find lidos and outdoor swimming pools dotted all over Berlin. Check out our swimming map for the quickest way to the waterside.

If it’s raining or too cold, Berlin has indoor swimming pools, too.

Ship ahoy! Discover Berlin from a new vantage. From aboard a boat, you’ll see the familiar sights in Berlin-Mitte with completely new eyes.

Our travel service for smooth holidays in Berlin: get your tickets for boat and steamboat tours through Berlin with our convenient online booking service.

Three minutes and you’ve got the ticket you’re looking for.

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Our 11 favourite places in Berlin at the waterfront

Berlins Baths and Lakes
Müggelsee in Berlin
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Freibad Müggelsee

The “east’s counterpart” to the Wannsee, with lido, beach volleyball, covered beach chairs, playground, and well suited for kids, as there is an additional shallow zone. In summer, the open-air swimming area counts as one of the most popular excursion destinations of Berlin.

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Lake Krumme Lanke  in Berlin
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Krumme Lanke

Krumme Lanke is a popular spot not just for walkers and joggers; in summer, the crowds of swimmers settle in on the lawns for a day of fun in the sun.

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Known fontain in the "Weißen See"
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Strandbad Weißensee

The Weißer See (White Lake) with its characteristic centre fountain, surrounded by a park consisting of meadows and natural beauty spots, is guaranteed to provide that feel-good atmosphere for young and old alike – relaxing under palm trees on the beach, going swimming, having a barbeque and dancing. For the kids, there’s not only the fine, white sand for digging in and building sand-castles, but also a large climbing frame to clamber on as well as lots of games to play.

Like being in the Caribbean

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Klein-Venedig in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach


In Spandau there is an infinite choice of places to stroll along the waterside, ride your bike or sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Or pick up the paddles and explore the Havel’s many creeks, lakes and canals yourself: it’s up to you where you go!

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Beach and swimming area Wannsee in Berlin
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Strandbad Wannsee

For more than 100 years, the place for bathing culture in Berlin. Covered beach chair rentals, water slide, vast sunbathing areas on the beach and in the park—here no wishes remain unfulfilled.

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Restraunt Hafenküche at lake Rummelsburg in Berlin
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Hafenküche Rummelsburg

Fine, white sandy beach, palms and water – no, we’re not talking about the Caribbean but the Rummelsburg beach bar. Shady salas, comfortably sunbeds and bamboo bars laden invite you to chill out after your workday stress.

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Schlachtensee in Berlin
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The Schlachtensee lies in the southwestern part of Berlin, in the middle of the forest, between Krumme Lanke and Wannsee. And it is not only because of its good travel connections a popular excursion destination.

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Lake Tegeler See in Berlin
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Tegeler See

Situated in the north of Berlin, with a surface area of 4.6 square-kilometres, is Berlin’s second largest lake—and one of the most beautiful: the Tegeler See.

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Evening mood at Badeschiff
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Badeschiff an der Arena

The Badeschiff is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand.

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