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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 Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

2. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour ticket that you can redeem at any time. Or, add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

3. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city along the red or blue route with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. A choice of two walking tours is included with premium and deluxe tickets. Delve even further into Berlin’s fascinating past and present on one of the two following Big Bus Berlin walking tours: 1) Walking Tour Government District: On this 60-minute walk, you’ll discover the interesting architecture of Berlin’s modern Government District, built after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 11:30 AM in English and German. 2) Walking Tour Berlin History: Your guide will take you on a 90-minute walking tour from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 1:00 PM in English and German River cruise included with deluxe ticket: experience Berlin from a different perspective on a 1-hour river cruise on the River Spree right in the heart of the city. Admire unbeatable views of the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Nikolai Quarter, and Museum Island. Location: BWSG Pier ‘Alte Börse‘, Burgstrasse 27. 5 minutes’ walk from stop #11: Museumsinsel Red Route (tour duration 2 hours): combines iconic landmarks and opportunities to appreciate the arts, with the greener side of this city and the explosive food scene. Bus stops include: • Ku’Damm • KaDeWe Department Store • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag • Victory Column • Checkpoint Charlie • Berlin Wall • Holocaust Memorial • Gendarmenmarkt Square • Potsdamer Platz • Topography of Terror • Alexanderplatz • Alexa Shopping Centre • Neptune Fountain • Museum Island • Madame Tussauds • Central Station • Bellevue Palace Blue route (tour duration: 40 minutes): experience old berlin, stopping at the monumental boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee and the most symbolic landmark of unified Berlin, the East Side Gallery. Bus stops include: • Alexanderplatz • Karl-Marx-Allee • Ostbahnhof • East Side Gallery

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Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

4. Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

Discover some of the key landmarks of Berlin on a sightseeing boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Spree to take in the sights at the heart of this bustling city.   Depart from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel. Your 1-hour sightseeing tour will take you past the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), through the new Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter), all the way to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). After turning at the Lutherbrücke (Luther Bridge), keep a look out for Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), the "Beamtenschlange" (civil servant housing), and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Marvel at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Nikolaiviertal, the oldest residential area in Berlin. Arrive back either Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel to finish the tour.

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Berlin: Admission to Legoland Discovery Centre

5. Berlin: Admission to Legoland Discovery Centre

Explore Legoland discovery centre Berlin and spend a great day at the ultimate lego indoor playground. Different stations and play areas are waiting for you to marvel and try out, explain and participate. The attraction is specially designed for children aged 3-10. Adults have to bring a child to get access to the attraction. Explore MINILAND and witness Berlin's most beautiful landmarks in miniature. Step into the 4-D cinema, a highlight for all the senses. Dive into a world full of exciting surprises and breathtaking special effects. The brave can visit Dragon Castle and take on a world of knights and dragons. LEGO fans can now become real ninjas! Get ready for the new LEGO NINJAGO City Adventure. A training camp on two levels, completely in NINJAGO design, is the place where little ninjas can improve their skills. October special: Celebrate 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO! Master Wu and his ninja team need your help to find and restore their Golden Amulet! Complete the challenges and get rewarded. Plus, continue the adventure with a cool new Augmented Reality Experience and a laser maze.

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Berlin: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

6. Berlin: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

Discover Berlin from the roof of a double-decker bus. This route covers the must-see attractions around the city, making it an ideal way to get an overview of Berlin. With departures every 8 to 15 minutes during high season (April to October) and every 20 minutes during low season (November to March), the hop-on hop-off bus is the ideal way to get around the city in a safe way at your own pace. Hop on and off as you please to discover the city at your own pace. While on board, listen to entertaining and interesting stories about this historically important city in the heart of Europe.  Here are the bus stops for your tour: 1. Kurfürstendamm (Kurfürstendamm 216) 2. Kurfürstendamm/Meinekestraße 3. Kurfürstendamm (Kurfürstendamm 234) 4. Tauentzienstraße (Tauentzienstraße 15) 5. KaDeWe (Tauentzienstraße 21-24) 6. Lützowplatz (Kulturforum Tiergarten) 7. Potsdamer Platz/Kolhoff-Hochhaus 8. Balzac Coffee (Potsdamer Platz 10) 9. Gropiusbau 10. Checkpoint Charlie (Friedrichstraße 45) 11. Gendarmenmarkt 12. Neptune Fontaine, Neptunbrunnen/Rotes Rathaus (Rathausstraße 1) 13. Alexanderplatz/Park Inn 14. Karl-Marx-Allee 15. East Side Gallery 16. Ostbahnhof 17. Neptune Fontaine, Neptunbrunnen/Rotes Rathaus (Rathausstraße 1) 18. DomAquarée (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße) 19. Lustgarten (Unter den Linden 1) 20. Unter den Linden/Friedrichstraße 21. Brandenburg Gate, Brandenburger Tor (Ebertstraße/Pariser Platz) 22. Berlin Central Station, Hauptbahnhof (Ella-Trebe-Straße/Washington Pl) 23. Victory Column, Siegessäule/Bundespräsidialamt 24. Victory Column, Siegessäule/ Hofjägerallee 25. Zoo/Elephant Gate, Elefantentor 26. Café Kranzler (Kurfürstendamm 21-24) Want to see the city from the water, too? Upgrade your hop-on hop-off bus ticket to include a river cruise on the Spree. Glide around Berlin’s river and admire architecture from a different point of view.

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Berlin: City Highlights Segway Tour

7. Berlin: City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Berlin on a segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the segway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the Spree River. The itinerary includes famous sites like the Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course the iconic Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Berlin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.

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Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a walking tour with an expert guide by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide and, after a brief overview of the tour’s itinerary, set off to discover the German capital. Walk alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburg Gate, stroll past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful street art and get a taste of local life as you walk past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As your tour nears the end, don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

9. Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

Be driven around Berlin in your very own private electric rickshaw taxi. Make your own itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods. Meet your guide/driver and set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip by popular avenues, historic bridges over the Spree River, and through many areas that are unreachable by car like the Tiergarten. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Learn about the fascinating history of monuments you visit and get an insight into Berlin's modern day transformation and its vibrant culture.

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Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

10. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Spring and summer in Berlin are glorious. So from May-September you can enjoy clear skies and warm weather, which are the perfect time to cruise along the Spree.

  • Tour options

    There are a number of different Spree tours avaliable, so you just have to pick the one that suits you best. Whether you want a full three course meal with the sights, or just a glass of wine to watch the world go by, it's up to you!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tour times vary by company, please consult individual schedules.
  • Is it expensive?
    Costs vary by tour type and length.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Absolutely! Check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Tour starting points are located around the city, depending on the company you select.
  • Additional information
    ** Some tours offer audio guides in many different languages.*

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What people are saying about Spree River

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15,739 reviews

Our guide was very pleasant, knew a lot about Berlin's history, but also about local, current conditions and events and showed us little corners and things that we would have overlooked on our own. Although it was raining, he kept looking for a dry place to pass on his knowledge and the tour was very instructive and rich in experience. Since there were only two of us, we were able to adapt the tour flexibly to our wishes. Thank you very much and gladly again.

Unfortunately we don't know the name of our guide anymore. But his expertise was huge. We got a great insight into the time after WWII, the division of Germany, the time in the GDR and after the fall of the Wall. The focus was on historical backgrounds, economic aspects and (private) stories and anecdotes. It was terrifying to hear how the Stasi worked ..

It was an eventful day for our grandson. The staff was very friendly. He could build a small racing car on his own, look into the Lego factory…. Make your own bracelet with Lego bricks…. We can recommend it

We had the absolute best time on this tour! The guide is very informative on the art in the area and as a bonus we got great family pictures! Thanks again Tatiana.

We had a 2 hour walking tour with Freddy who gave us a very good overview of the city!