Berlin by boat

Recently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree. After having lived here for a number of summers, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out by the river (as you do in Berlin), but this was my first opportunity to actually get on a boat and see Berlin from a different perspective. We were lucky that this autumn was relatively warm in Berlin, plus the sun managed to stick around for a lot of the season.

Hannes is a friendly German guy that speaks perfect English and his boat, suitable for 12 people, provides the perfect setting for a half-day tour of Berlin. The private boat tours can be focused around one of four different themes and Hannes has done a great job of showcasing some of Berlin’s best alternative parts in his tours. On this particular tour, we departed from the boat’s dock at Kaisersteg in Schöneweide (easily reached from the S-Bahn) and spent the next three hours on a blissful boat ride through the eastern half of Berlin. Is there anything better than being on a boat?!

Berlin Liquide - Boat Tour
Typical Berlin – Spotted someone in a pink suit with an elephant head while going past Treptower Park
Berlin Liquide - Boat Tour
Is there anything better than a boat tour?!
Berlin Liquide - Boat Tour
O Captain, My Captain!
Molecule Men
Having gone past this sculpture a million times by train and walking, it was great to see it up close and personal. It’s the Molecule Men—a metal sculpture by the American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. And meant to symbolize the meeting point of the three Berlin neighborhoods that meet at that point: Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
Blu street art Kreuzberg
What would a Berlin tour be if it didn’t show off the city’s street art? This is a famous mural by Italian artist, Blu, in Kreuzberg
ESG - East Side Gallery
The reverse side of the East Side Gallery
boat tour
Berlin is one of the greenest cities of Europe – it’s not hard to see why
Berlin Spree River
Berlin’s riverside is lined with bars and nightclubs, especially in the area known as the “Media Spree”
Berlin riverside
This is downtown Berlin. And it is beautiful
Berlin Mediaspree
The Berlin Media Spree project set about to urbanize Berlin’s riverside properties but it’s been met with plenty of controversy over the years—namely the fact that it’s a privatization of what many consider should be a public space. There’s a lot more to add about gentrification, but I think the next picture sums it up.
Friedrichshain, Berlin
Old and new… the East Side Gallery meets luxury condos along the Spree river
Lichtenberg UFO house
Known as the “Futuro House”, this private house is only one of a hundred or so created by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. To me, it just looks like an UFO.
Berlin Boat Tours - Berlin Liquide
‘Gramming on a boat #caughtgramming

Berlin Liquide’s private boat tours last between three and five hours, costing upwards from 170€ and are suitable for up to 11 people. If you fill up a boat with your friends, it’s a great deal—better than some of the bigger, much more commercial boat tours that float through the Spree. Plus, if the weather is decent and you dare to do it, you can even go for a swim in the river or in one of the lakes.

Berlin Liquide

Learn more at berlinliquide.com

Berlin Liquide - Boat Tour
On the River Spree

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  1. Wonderful articles in this post it’s very beneficial for me. Thanks to share this post.

  2. Ry

    Great Website Adam! Thanks for all your effort.Do you know if there will be fun stuff to do late next week? We are 2 gay guys coming over from England to explore and soak up the culture-I guess there won’t be boat trips in January?!haha. But hopefully the flea markets will be on-they look fun for sunday!

  3. Berlin is so wonderfully weird, and a river tour reveals that even better than walking through the streets. I’ll definitely be doing this when I get there!

  4. Jackie

    Awesome pics. Downtown Berlin pic is simply superb and i really love the boat journey.

    • I just love the journey through Berlin on a boat – I think it really showcases the diversity of the city

  5. Thank you for your photos, Adam!
    I love boat tours because I feel so refreshed with winds on the open-air deck. In Berlin, everything seen from the boat is beautiful. Trees, arts, buildings…
    The views are great in Tokyo as well, but the problem is the water.

    • Oh yes – the air is very fresh on a boat, but I think Berlin is lucky because the air here is generally pretty fresh. It’s just such a green city! I actually wouldn’t go swimming in the River Spree myself but the nearby lakes are great for swimming :)

  6. Raza

    These photos are incredible and so inspiring! I would love love love to see Berlin one day! It’s just one of those cities…you know? :)

    Raza from http://www.thetravelixir.com

    • Hopefully you can visit Berlin at some point – it’s a fantastic city!

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