Visiting Berlin in summer, taking in the view of the city with a cruise along the Spree River is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
You can enjoy a luxury luncheon cruise, or simply spend a few hours cruising one way, taking in the scenery while sipping a strawberry cocktail.
We took the train to Charlottenburg to join our two hour cruise and travelled back towards the centre of Berlin. Cruising along the River Spree and the Landwehr Canal, we passed under more than 60 bridges and beautiful riverside scenery.
Viewing Berlin from the Water
Relaxing at our table on the top deck as our boat wended it’s way along the river, we sailed past castles and mansions, park lands full of picnickers and local landmarks.
Along the way we enjoyed a commentary on the historic riverside buildings. On the banks locals were relaxing at many of the “Beach Bars” along the river. We passed under the Jungfernbruke Bridge, Berlin’s oldest bridge and one of the few to survive WWII bombing.
Bridges and lochs
As the tide rose, the clearance beneath the bridges reduced. The driver’s cabin continually lowered until he must have been kneeling in the cabin to steer the boat under “Old Bridge” towards the end of our journey. We also had the opportunity to witness the filling of a loch, before our boat could make its way down the canal.
After a one and a half our cruise, we made our way back to Museum Island, where we finally docked.
An afternoon’s river cruise was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to explore Berlin.
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