Pictures From A Berlin Boat Tour Along The Spree

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I’ve lived in Berlin, not just once but twice. I first lived here for 18 months before moving back to Canada for while. During my time in Canada, I came back for a couple of Berlin summer vacations, doing things I longed to do when I loved here, like a bike tour of Potsdam or finally taking a Berlin boat tour along the Spree.

No serious traveller (especially a travel blogger like me) likes to admit to doing touristy things. We pride ourselves at uncovering “off the beaten path” experiences by showing you unusual places like the Museum Of Medieval Torture Instruments in Prague or the Hands Sculpture in the Venice Grand Canal.

When I rather sheepishly told my German friends about my plans, they expressed their delight and told me how they’d all been on a boat tour multiple times. So without shame, I made my way to the Museum Island area one afternoon and hopped onboard a boat that was just about to depart for a short two hour tour around East Berlin. Newsletter

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Pictures From A Berlin Boat Tour Along The Spree

There’s simply no better way to see Berlin. Although taking a calessio tour isn’t so bad either.

Anyone who thinks Berlin is an ugly city needs to take one of these boat tours to realize just how beautiful it really is, especially when you get to take in notable attractions like the Berliner Dom, Reichstag, and TV Tower from a unique vantage point.

Have you ever taken a Berlin boat tour? What did you think? Any Berlin city tips for our readers? Drop us a comment.

Good to Know

1) There’s many options available if you’d like to take a similar tour. Some are longer in duration (taking you to West Berlin to see the Molecule Man for example) and offer food and drink so expect prices to vary accordingly. Just hit up Visit Berlin for further information or check out some of these recommended tours:

2) An audio guide in different languages is usually included in the tour so you can learn all about the important landmarks you’re passing and their historical significance. Or you can be like me and skip the audio tour just so you can take loads of photos.

3) One of the absolute best times to take a boat tour is at dusk. It’s pretty romantic (much like Budapest at dusk).

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 5) Make your time in Berlin special and go on a tour with Get Your Guide.

6) If you love Berlin like I do, check out some of my other posts for more travel inspiration.

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  1. Don’t you just love river tours? ANY excuse to get out on the water makes for a great day! Love the pics, Cheryl – inspiring.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous images! While I respect your pursuit of the unusual and off the beaten path, I have found that touristy trips are often popular because they are a fabulous time and offer beautiful views and experiences, so I sometimes still choose to pursue the popular choices because truth be told, they are popular for a reason.

  3. Mary – thank you! I agree, the touristy points of interest are great too. They are almost a must see like the Vatican or Colosseum in Rome. I couldn’t have imagined not seeing them my first time there. 🙂

  4. Wooow! Great photos!

    I love the first one the most.

    Sad that you can`t see the Festival of Lights in Berlin this weeks, you would defenitely love it!!!

    Keep up the good work, your blog is great!

  5. This is a conventional way to visit Berlin along the Spree. The other solution is to build your own “boat” with random crap. Activity well known during summer vacation, the spree is full of unbelievable boats made of scraps. That’s indeed more dangerous, but way funnier. But yeah, you don’t have the audio guide…

  6. I think I’d enjoy this! We’ve only been in Berlin for a week but we like it so far. Andy and I will have to get to a boat tour quickly before it starts getting too much colder.

  7. Cheryl, thank you for sharing these nice images. I lived many years in Berlin, but for some reason I never managed to join one of the boat tours. It looks like a whole different perspective of this diverse city. Hopefully next time when I visit Berlin, I will have the chance to jump on a boat and experience it as well… 🙂

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