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Top 11 boat trips in Berlin

Set sail and get to know the capital from the water

Boats on the Spree at the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin Kreuzberg
Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin Kreuzberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Summer in Berlin is unique! And seen from the water, you will get to know the city all over again. Here we show you our favorite boat rentals, so you can also experience Berlin from this special perspective. Perfect for all water rats and those who want to become one.

Tip 1: Invidually on the move with an electric boat

Spree Ahoi
Spree Ahoi © spreeahoiberlin

Do you gaze longingly at other people as they cruise past you in their own little boats? It's not that difficult to rent a watercraft without a boating licence. Spree Ahoi in Köpenick offers electric boats for up to 12 people. In summer, you'll even be provided with ice cubes on the boats. And the best thing about it: the environment is happy too.

Electric Boats by Spree Ahoi

Tip 2: Boat and swimming trip to Liebesinsel island in Berlin

Junges Paar im See

Out for a swim - completely relaxed on the boat deck. On summer Sundays, you can sail out to little island Liebesinsel on the MS John Franklin. After a city tour, the ship is transformed into a bathing platform with changing rooms and showers, from which you can jump directly into the water and swim. After an hour, the boat returns to Moabit.

Tickets for the boat and swimming trip

Tip 3: 7 Lakes Boat Tour from Wannsee

The Peacock Island at Wannsee
The Peacock Island at Wannsee © Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

This boat trip takes you across seven lakes in the south of Berlin. At the same time you can enjoy the view of the wonderful cultural landscape with its parks, castles and churches. Take the opportunity for a stopover and discover why it is also called "Prussian Arcadia".

 Tip 4: Stand-up paddle boarding in Berlin

Stand up paddling at sunset
Stand Up Paddling at the Spree in Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: Felix Kayser/EyeEm
Stand up Paddling auf der Spree in Treptow

Again and again you'll can see them standing on their boards on lakes and rivers - the stand-up paddle boarders. If you've always wanted to try it, now's your chance - summer in Berlin is perfect for it! Stand upright on the surfboard and paddle with a long paddle first on the left, then right to move forwards. You can rent this interesting means of transport at various locations. So don't hesitate or you'll miss out on the fun!

Stand up Paddling

Tip 5: Berlin city cruise by solar-catamaran

Spree cruise on the solar catamaran in Berlin
Spree cruise on the solar catamaran © SolarWaterWorld AG, Foto: Carsten Lehmann

Let's go on the Spree trip with the emission-free solar catamaran. From the Oberbaumbrücke the tour takes you towards Plänterwald - sustainable and noiseless! For two and a half hours, the famous sights such as East Side Gallery, Oberbaumbrücke, Museum Island will pass you by. So the trip is also an exciting journey into the history of Berlin.

Tickets for the Solar-catamaran

Tip 6: Rent a canoe, pedalo or rowing boat

Kreuzberg, Landwehrkanal
Landwehrkanal im Sonnenuntergang © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Canoeing or kayaking is one of the classic boat trips. No wonder, because you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet while paddling in unison through narrow rivers, past densely overgrown banks. There are numerous stations all over the city where you can rent a kayak, rowing boat or even a pedalo. In the middle of the city - and yet quite idyllic in the green lies the lake Neuer See. Rent one of the colorful rowboats and sail across the lake surrounded by trees in the Tiergarten. And after rowing, you can end the day in the beer garden of the Café am Neuen See.

Boat Rental in Berlin

Tip 7: Sweating on a sauna boat

Holiday Inn Berlin-Mitte
Holzsaunabank mit Händtüchern und Aufgussschale © Kosmos 111 - Shutterstock

At Müggelsee in Köpenick, you can experience a very special boat trip. You can rent a sauna boat there and sweat it out to your heart's content in the middle of the lake! Finnfloat's Finnish sauna boats have panoramic windows in the on-board sauna so you can enjoy the view of the lake. There is also a raft roof terrace to relax and cool off on after a sauna session. You can also book adventure packages, for example a yoga session right on the ship. Or you can spend a whole night aboard the sauna boat.

Sauna boat

Tip 8: Romantic moonlight cruise in Berlin

Night Spree Cruise through Berlin
Night Spree Cruise through Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

At full moon Berlin turns into a beautiful sea of lights. If you want to experience this unique atmosphere from the water, you can book a romantic boat tour by moonlight. While the lights are reflected in the water, the ship glides along famous sights such as Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral and Nikolai Quarter, with tours customized depending on the season. Perfect for a marriage proposal ...

Berlin Moonlight cruise

Tip 9: Sail along the Havel on a barbecue boat

Barbecue grill
Barbecue grill © Getty Images, Foto: Salman Shahid, EyeEm

If you want to combine your boat tour with dinner, you can rent a barbecue boat at the Spandauer-See bridge on the Havel. The boat is equipped with a barbecue set with grill, coal, cutlery, and sauces. This means you can enjoy your meal together while sailing along the Havel. Enjoy the idyllic nature along the Havel while you fill your stomachs with delicious, freshly grilled food! If you do not want to take meat and vegetables with you, you can also order catering directly.

Barbecue boat

Tip 10: Spree cruise to the Müggelsee

A surfer on the Großer Müggelsee in Berlin, a popular destination
Surfing on the Müggelsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
The Hop On Hop Off boat tour on the Müggelsee is the perfect day trip: Relaxed, you sail on this Spree trip to the south of Berlin to the largest lake in the city and back. On the way you can get off, stroll through the old town of Köpenick or jump into the water at Müggelsee. Then you simply get on the next ship and continue your trip.

 Tip 11: Sightseeing city-tour by boat

A couple on a boat trip with the shipping company Riedel
Boat tour with the shipping company Riedel © Reederei Winkler/ April Agentur
Some of the most interesting places in Berlin can be discovered from the water. And you don't even have to steer the boat yourself! Join us on a sightseeing tour on the water and let us show and explain the most important sights of the city to you on board. The boat tour lasts 2.5 hours and takes you through the city, along the Spree River, the Berlin-Spandauer Canal and the Westhafen Canal. It starts in the middle of the city at the Tränenpalast, then you pass the Reichstag, Nikolaiviertel and numerous other sights.

Tickts for the Sightseeing Tour

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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts