Water activity

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

Water activity

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

From US$ 25.65 per person

Enjoy a fantastic 2.5-hour boat cruise along the River Spree on this East Side tour of Berlin. See Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, the Reichstag building, and the Federal Chancellery as well as the East Side Gallery, the east harbor, and Treptower Park.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Spanish, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian


  • Discover the origins of Berlin on the East Side tour
  • Cruise past Radialsystem V, the energy forum, Berlin Ostbahnhof and the Mercedes Benz Arena
  • Enjoy the view of the most beautiful bridge in Berlin – the Oberbaum Bridge
  • See Treptow Harbor and the Mühlendamm Lock
  • Cruise past the government district with the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery
Full description

Experience a special East Side boat cruise, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besides numerous sights in the old and new center of Berlin, see also the recent changes in the area surrounding the East Side Gallery.

The roundtrip boat cruise starts at the pier by the old stock exchange building, near the Hackersche Höfe. Relax onboard the boat as you listen to detailed information in English and German and enjoy a delicious food service (own expense). After passing by the cradle of Berlin – Mühlendamm Lock – the tour continues on past Radialsystem V, an energy forum, Berlin Ostbahnhof and the Mercedes Benz Arena. Pass under the Oberbaum Bridge into the east harbor with its many new residents including Universal Music, MTV, Coca Cola, and Label 1 and 2. You will also pass by the Badeschiff at Arena Treptow and the Molecule Man sculpture. Journey back to Berlin-Mitte and see the Nikolaiviertel, the palace construction site, and the Humboldt Forum. The famous Museum Island begins at the Berlin Cathedral. Pass under the Weidendammer Bridge to reach the area around Friedrichstrasse with the Schiffbauerdamm, the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), and Friedrichstrasse station. Cruise past the government district where you will see the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery. You will also see the most modern railway stations in Europe from the water – Berlin Central Station. Pass by Bellevue Palace – the seat of the Federal President – before heading back to the starting point, the old stock exchange building.

  • Boat cruise
  • Live commentary in English and German
  • Access to food and bar service (own expense)
  • Sights of East Berlin old and new
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at "Alte Börse" pier, opposite Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin (near Hackescher Markt station).

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Food

Know before you go

  • Commentary on the sights is provided in English and German.
  • Sundeck, covered area in the small and large lounges, and food service are available onboard.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 1156 reviews

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Generally nice tour to interesting places and locations. Sufficiently good explanations from the tape, but unfortunately a bit too quiet. We sat outside, it was very crowded and some people used this tour as a kind of coffee ride and chatted and laughed constantly, so that the announcement was not always understood. My son (10) and I felt a bit chilly after sunset and we would have liked a blanket. Cheap basic fleece blankets would need to be inside for the off season, colder evenings etc. That's my only negative point. The service and all the other staff were very nice!

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November 4, 2022

The route is very pleasant on a day with lots of sunshine, you can sit inside in the warm as much as possible on the sundeck. The captain's comments on each bridge and structure are very interesting. The value for money for drinks and food is also good, but the drinks could be a bit cooler ;).

October 23, 2022

The entry point is easy to find with Google maps. Punctual departure. We booked the 2.5 hour trip with the East. When the weather is fantastic, it drives well. The staff, sailor and waitress, are endlessly friendly. The explanations over loudspeakers are mostly clear, except when passing under a bridge. The diesel stinks and actually it would be nice if there were only electric ships. The ride is informative and you also see the architecturally extremely interesting new part of the city. The return trip was a bit boring because we already knew the sights. But all in all, it is certainly better to book the long journey than the 1-hour one to get a good overview. Gladly again.

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October 10, 2022

Product ID: 51352