Best Berlin Boat Tours in English

This post compares and reviews many of the Berlin boat tours and cruises available to you in the city. Berlin has about 200 km (125 miles) of waterways – rivers, canals and lakes and 950 bridges. So, visiting Berlin on a ship is a natural way of learning to know the city. We have listed the companies that offer tourist cruises, night cruises bus-and-boat combos and companies that offer tours to special events and during special seasons, e.g. Christmas. Only the companies that offer guided tours in English are listed here.  Regular cruises in the city center and beyond are offered by several companies. Some tours are only one hour in the historic city center; others take up to four hours on the river Spree and a canal, the Landwehrkanal. English commentaries are offered both live and by an audio guide. The regular tours usually start at Easter and continue through October 31st.


Night and Dinner Cruises

Event Cruises

Tourist Cruises

Bus-Boat-Combos


 

 

TOURIST CRUISES

STERN und KREISSCHIFFAHRT

This company offers many cruises inside and outside the very city center, some of them take a whole day. In the city they offer tours from 1 to 3,5 hours. Some have a live guide, some audio guides. If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get a 25% discount.  All of their tours offer audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian.  They offer cancellations for pre-ordered tickets up to 24 hours in advance of tour.  Also check out their full range of Berlin boat tours and cruises.

1 Hour City Tour

  • €14/adult | €7/child | €12/student
  • Departs every hour from 10:30 am until 18:30 (6:30 pm)
  • Guaranteed seating
  • Read the reviews.

2.5 Hour “New City Tour” 

  • €18.50/adult | €9.30/child | €15.80/student
  • Departs at 12:30 pm and 14:30 (2:30 pm)
  • Live bilingual guide in German and English
  • Guaranteed seating
  • Read the reviews.

4 Hour “Bridge Tours on the Spree and the Landwehrkanal”

  • €23/adult | €11.50/child | €19.60/student
  • Flexible boarding ticket 10:00 am until 15:00 (3 pm)
  • Live bilingual guide in German and English
  • Guaranteed seating
  • Read the reviews.

 


REEDEREI RIEDEL

Riedel offers different tours on a regular basis with a live guide in German and audio guides in 10 different languages, and if you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get a 25% discount.  Be sure to read our complete guide on Berlin tourist discount passes.

 

 

  • City Center Tours with a duration of 1 to 2 hours. Fare: adults 12.00 EUR, reduced 6.00 EUR.
  • Spree Cruises, 1.5 – 3 hours, covering not only the city center, but also the Eastern part with the East Side Gallery. Fare: adults 20.00 EUR, reduced 10.00EUR
  • Bridge Tours on the river Spree and the Landwehrkanal (a canal from 1850), 3  – 3,5 hours. Fare: adults 21.00 EUR, reduced 10.50 EUR.
  • Müggelsee Tour: Depending on the starting point on the river Spree, the tour is between 75 minutes and 3.5 hours. The tours start and end on the Spree and have a loop in the Müggelsee in the district of Köpenick. Fares: adults: 17.00 EUR, 20.50 EUR, 25.00 EUR; reduced: 8.50 EUR, 10,25 EUR, 12.50 EUR.

 


REEDEREI BRUNO WINKLER

Berlin boat toursThis company offers different city tours and the cruise on the Landwehrkanal as well with bilingual live tour guides (German/English). If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get a 25% discount.

  • Spreetour through the center of Berlin: 1 hour in the heart of Berlin, the fare is 12.50 EUR , children 6.50 EUR.
  • Boat trips underneath the bridges of the Spree: 3 hours on the Spree. The fare varies from 16.00 EUR to 19.00 EUR depending on where you board the ship. Children receive a discount of 50%.
  • Boat trips underneath the bridges of the Spree and Landwehrkanal. Duration: 3 hours, fare between 16.00 EUR and 21.50 EUR, children pay 50%.

 

BWSG BERLINER WASSERSPORT und SERVICE GmbH

The company offers two tours, both with a bilingual live tour guide (German/English). If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get a 25% discount.

  • City-Spree-Tour: A 1-hour-tour on the historic center. Fare: Adults 12.00 EUR, children 6.00 EUR. Free, when you have a Save more money with the Berlin Pass.
  • East-Side-Tour: This tour is 2.5 hours and combines the city tour with a tour on the Eastern part of the Spree with the East Side Gallery, the Oberbaumbrücke up to Treptow with some interesting party locations. Fare: Adults 23.00 EUR, children 11.50 EUR.

 


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NIGHT CRUISES/DINNER CRUISES

Berlin by night is very charming. You can book the tour only and enjoy the sights and the commentaries or you have dinner on the ship. In any case a romantic experience.

 


STERN und KREISSCHIFFAHRT

This company offers night tours on Fridays and Saturdays with bilingual live tour guides (German/English).  Dinner can be purchased onboard for approximately €18.50/person. Overall, the reviews are on the positive side, with a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews).  Make sure that you click “most recent” in order to get the unfiltered reviews.

Evening Cruise

If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% discount.

 


 

The night tours on the Spree take three or four hours and provide a bilingual (German/English) live tour guide. You can order a three-course dinner in advance. The regular fare (without food) is 21.50 EUR. If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% discount.

 

 


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Bus-Boat-Combo

You can’t decide whether to book a bus or a boat tour? Why not do both and chose a combination? Two bus companies offer an additional 1-hour boat tour in the city center.

 

TEMPELHOFER

The white double decker buses tour Berlin from 9:30 am through 7:00 pm. They have bilingual (German/English) live tour guides. The 27:00 EUR package includes a 1-hour boat tour in the historic city center.

CITY CIRCLE

The white double deckers come with audio guides in 19 languages. For 31.00 EUR (adults) or 16.00 EUR (children) you can book an additional Historic City Cruise of the Stern Und Kreisschiffahrt. If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% discount.

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Event Cruises

Berlin is a party city. Thus, several ship companies offer a wide variety of party cruises, live music cruises, cruises to watch the fireworks or murder mystery cruises (in German).  The first two weeks of October is the Festival of Lights in Berlin, with special illumination of buildings and sights. And don’t forget Germany’s knack on Christmas. Even though the regular tourist cruises end in October, for the Christmas and New Year’s events, the ships leave the port again.

STERN und KREISSCHIFFAHRT

There isn’t much this company isn’t offering: Festival of Lights, Fireworks on the Wannsee and Müggelsee (lakes within the city limits of Berlin), Party Cruises, Sunday Brunch, comedy, Christmas Parties and a New Year’s Eve Party. Check it out!

REEDEREI BRUNO WINKLER

Check out their seasonal offers: Aquarella (a combination of music, illumination and fireworks with several ships), fireworks on the Müggelsee in September, Christmas Tours in late November and December. From March through December you can brunch, party and if you understand German try a murder mystery or comedy tour.

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