Best Berlin Boat Tours in English

This post compares various Berlin boat tours and cruises, including sightseeing cruises, night tours, dinner cruises, bus/boat combo tours, and special event cruises.

 

 


BERLIN SIGHTSEEING CRUISES

Stern Und Kreisschiffahrt

This company offers cruises inside and outside the city center. Tours last between 1 to 4 hours. Below are just a few of the many tours they offer.

Check out their full range of Berlin boat tours and cruises.

Tours listed below have a German-speaking Guide.

However, you can book this tour with audio commentary available in Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Note: Be sure to book the tour that includes audio commentary in your preferred language.


1 Hour City Tour

  • €17 adult |  €9.50 child (age 6-13)
  • Departs every hour from 10:30 am until 17:30 (5:30 pm)
  • Guaranteed seating
  • More info or to book

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Read the reviews.


2.5 Hour “New City Tour”

  • €22 adult |  €12 child (age 6-13)
  • Departs at 12:30 pm and 15:25 (3:25 pm)
  • Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
  • More info or to book

Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Read the reviews.


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

  • €25 adult | €13.50 child (age 6-13)
  • Departs from Friedrichstrasse, Jannowitzbrücke, and Schlossbrücke
  • Times vary by your choice of the departure point
  • Tours run between 10 am until 15:00 (3 pm)
  • More info or to book

Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund. Read the reviews.


Spree Cruise from East Side Gallery

Choose between a one-way ticket or round-trip. An audio guide is available in English and German. Departs daily at 10:15 am and 14:25 (2:25 pm)

  • One-way ticket
    • €15.50 adult |  €7.80 child (age 13 and under)
    • Approx 90 minutes
  • Round-trip ticket
    • €15.50 adult |  €7.80 child (age 13 and under)
    • Departs daily at 10:15 am and 14:25 (2:25 pm)
    • Approx 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Read the reviews.

For many other tour and cruise options, be sure to look at their full range of Berlin boat tours and cruises.

If you have Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% off for adults, 50% off for children (excluding special events tours and combo tours).

 


Reederei Riedel

This tour operator offers a number of tours with commentary in German with the option to get an audio guide in 10 different languages.

Note: The audio guide is €3 extra.

In January 2019, they began a hop-on-hop-off boat tour. They are the only company running this kind of tour currently.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Boat Tour

  • 24-hour Ticket
    • €24 adult |  €12.00 child (age 6-14) | € 21 Senior (age 60+)
  • 48-hour Ticket
    • €29 adult |  €14.50 child (age 6-14) | € 26 Senior (age 60+)
  • Audio commentary in German, audio guide in other languages €3 extra
  • Tours run between 10:30 am until 18:00 (6 pm)
  • Guaranteed seating
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts
  • Purchase tickets here.
  • Read the reviews.

 

 

Like the other boat tour operators in this post, they also offer a City Center Tour, a Spree cruise and other boat tours. See their website for more offerings.

TIP:  Berlin Welcome Card holders get a 25% discount for adults, 50% off for children for tours by Reederei Riedel.

Find out about the Berlin Welcome Card by reading our complete guide on Berlin tourist discount passes.

 


Reederei Bruno Winkler

This company offers many different boat tours along the Spree, with some along the Landwehrkanal as well.

Tours feature a bilingual live tour guide who speaks both German and English. They also offer a night tour (dinner optional).

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

 

 

Spree Cruise in City Center

  • 1-hour round-trip tour
  • €16 adult |  €8 child (6-14) | €12 Student (15-18)

Under the Bridges of the Spree

  • 3-hour round-trip tour
  • €16 adult |  €8 child (6-14) | €12 Student & Senior

Under the Bridges of the Spree & Landwehrkanal

  • 3-hour 15 minutes round-trip tour
  • €24 adult |  €12 child (6-14) | €22 Student & Senior

See all their tours and purchase tickets here.

Don’t forget that if you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get a 25% discount!

 


BWSG Berliner Wassersport Und Service GmbH

The company offers two tours that have a bilingual live tour guide who speaks both German and English.

Berlin Welcome Card holders get a 25% discount for adults and 50% off for children. 

Find out about these tourist passes and others by reading our complete guide on Berlin tourist discount passes.

 

 

Spree Cruise in City Center

  • 1-hour round-trip tour
  • €15 adult |  €7.50 child (7-14)
  • 10 departures a day
  • This tour is FREE for Berlin Pass holders.

East Side Tour

  • Combines the Spree City Center with a tour on the eastern part of the Spree including the East Side Gallery.
  • 2.5-hour round-trip tour
  • €24.50 adult |  €12.25 child (7-14)
  • 1 departure a day at 2:45 pm (14:45)

Purchase tickets for their tours here.

 


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NIGHT TOURS & DINNER CRUISES

Berlin by night is very charming. You can book a night tour without a meal, or a dinner cruise. Either way, you will enjoy the sights and the commentary during the tour.

For ideas for other activities after dar, see our post on Top Things to do in Berlin at Night.


Stern Und Kreisschiffahrt

In addition to their many daytime sightseeing tours, this company offers a night tour as well. It is very well reviewed. You can read reviews here.

2-Hour Evening City Cruise

  • Daily at 18:40 (6:40 pm)
  • Includes audio guide in 12 languages including English.
  • €21 adult | €10.50 child (6-13)
  • Purchase tickets here.

If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% off for adults, 50% off for children.


Reederei Bruno Winkler

This company offers two evening tours both with guides who speak English and German. 

Saturday Night Spree Tour

  • Saturdays (May-October) at 17:00 (5 pm)
  • Guides speak both English and German
  • €19 adult | €9.50 child (6-13)
  • Purchase tickets here.

Evening City Tour (with optional dinner)

  • Fridays and Saturdays (April-October) at 17:00 (5 pm)
  • Guides speak both English and German
  • €20 adult | €10 child (6-13)
  • Optional 3-course meal add €25 
  • Purchase tickets here.

If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% off for adults, 50% off for children. (Fare only).

 

 


Sightseeing Dinner Cruise

  • 2.5-hour river cruise
  • Includes 3-course dinner with one drink per person (beer, wine or soft drink
  • Live commentary in both English and German
  • Daily at 19:00 (7 pm)
  • €52.75 adult | €28.50 child (6-13)
  • Purchase here.

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BUS/BOAT COMBINATION TOURS

The most common combo package available in Berlin is a bus + boat tour.

This deal includes both a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and a cruise down the Spree river.

Below are companies that offer packages that include a bus tour and a one-hour boat tour in the city center.

City Circle Tour & Spree Boat Tour

  • 1-hour boat tour
  • 1 or 2-day hop-on/hop-off bus tour
  • Audio guide included. Over 12 languages
  • 1-day: €37 adult |  €18.50 child (7-14)
  • 2-day: €41 adult |  €20.50 child (7-14)
  • Purchase tickets here.

Templehoffer Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour by Bus and Boat

  • 1-hour boat tour
  • 1-day hop-on/hop-off bus tour
  • Live commentary in English and German
  •  €27.50 adult |  €18.50 child (6-11) | €25 Youth (12-17)| € 25 Senior
  • Purchase tickets here.

See our post on which Berlin bus tours are best to find out what other bus tours are available.

 


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SPECIAL EVENT CRUISES

Throughout the year you can find festivals and celebrations in Berlin that can be enjoyed from the river. 

A very festive time to take a cruise is during the Christmas holidays and New Year.

One very special event takes place in October is the Festival of Lights when several significant buildings and sites are lit up. 

Because many of the illuminated locations are along the river, seeing the lights from a boat is a wonderful experience.

 

 


Stern Und Kreisschiffahrt

In addition to their day and night tours, they also have special event and seasonal tours. 

Festival of Lights (October 9 to 20, 2019)

  • Nightly at 19:00 (7 pm)
  • Live commentary in English and German
  • € 25 per person
  • Purchase tickets here

They also offer these tours:

  • Fireworks on the Wannsee and Müggelsee (lakes within the city limits of Berlin)
  • Christmas Parties
  • New Year’s Eve Party

Check out their full range of Berlin boat tours and cruises.


Reederei Bruno Winkler

In addition to their day and night tours, they also have these unique tours:

  • Aquarella (a combination of music, illumination, and fireworks with several ships)
  • Fireworks on the Müggelsee in September
  • Christmas Tours in late November and December
  • Find out more here.

If you have a Berlin Welcome Card, you get 25% off for adults, 50% off for children.

 


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