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Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

1. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

Discover the center of Berlin via its major waterway, the River Spree, on a 2.5-hour boat cruise. See the main sights of the city from the water and feel the heartbeat of the bustling city. Start your roundtrip sightseeing tour on Friedrichstrasse and pass by the Federal Chancellery to reach Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation) and the Victory Column. Enjoy informative audio commentary as you see Berlin Central Station and the Interior Ministry before continuing on to Charlottenburg Palace. From there you will cruise past the Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Hamburger Bahnhof. You will then cruise back to Friedrichstrasse.

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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

2. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

Explore Berlin and learn about the city’s history and sights via audio commentary, available in several languages. Experience the beauty of the forests, parks, gardens, rivers, and lakes that cover nearly a third of the city. This city has witnessed many groundbreaking historical events. See the corresponding sites, as well as the city's most famous streets and squares, with your ticket for this hop-on hop-off tour. The Classic Route gives you the chance to see all the main sights of the city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the East Side Gallery, to name just a few. Tour stops on the Classic Route: 1. Kurfürstendamm 216 2. Tauentzienstraße 3. KaDeWe 4. Lützowplatz 5. Kulturforum Tiergarten 6. Potsdamer Platz / Balzac 7. Gropiusbau 8. Checkpoint Charlie 9. Gendarmenmarkt 10. Neptunbrunnen / Rotes Rathaus 11. Alexanderplatz / Park Inn 12. Karl-Marx-Allee 13. East Side Gallery 14. Ostbahnhof 15. DomAquarée 16. Lustgarten 17. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße 18. Brandenburger Tor 19. Hauptbahnhof 20. Siegessäule / Hofjägerallee 21. Elefantentor 22. Café Kranzler

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Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

3. Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

Discover central Berlin on a 2.5-hour boat cruise along its major waterway, the River Spree. See the main sights of the city from the water in the evening light, and feel the heartbeat of the bustling city. Start by Friedrichstraße and pass the Federal Chancellery to reach Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Victory Column. See Berlin Central Station and the Interior Ministry before continuing to Charlottenburg Palace. Cruise past Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Hamburger Bahnhof. Then head back to Friedrichstraße, where your tour will end.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Arrive Early

    Be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. No excuses with the relaxed opening time of 10:00AM.

  • Choose A Day Pass

    Each building charges separately for admission, so it’s best to buy a day pass to access everything except the Neuer Flügel.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open April to October, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, November to March, 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Closed Mondays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at 12EUR and continue upwards depending on house visits, tours and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    There are some wonderful guided experiences. Certain tours actually show you the palace from the river, by boat.
  • How to get there
    Buses 109, 309 and M45 all stop close by, or take the short walk from the Westend train station.
  • Additional information

    • If you're visiting around Christmas, make sure to check out the market, one of the most beautiful in Berlin!

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What people are saying about Charlottenburg Palace

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6,747 reviews

It was wonderful. We did the tour at the beginning of our stay and it gave us a great overview of Berlin and an idea about how wide-spread the city is. It’s a great chance to discover new quarters or to see a lot of the sites, especially when you have a limited amount of time. Also, we were amazed and surprised by how many waterways and harbors there are in the city. Highly recommendable!

Great way to spend sunday evening in berlin very scenic and calm way to kill a couple of hours Onboard entertainment dont forget to get a translator pack as commentary only in german Drinks available waiter service up top Highly recommend this trip

Everything was just wonderful except the weather, was too hot. Was easy to find ferry and they offered amazing cocktails on board.

Very informative. Great for a first overview. Unfortunately at some stops there were long waiting times for other guests.

Nice way to see Berlin from a different persoective