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First of all: the address given was wrong and I spent an hour wandering around Charlottenburg castle before I took a major detour and found the boat by accident. What a drag.
Besides that mishap, the tour itself was quite pleasant. The boat has an enclosed area below where you can get food, and an open air top with lots of seats to enjoy the weather. We saw lots of buildings, many of them apartments, but also some of the major sights like remnants of the Wall.
I good tour for a leisurely couple of hours when your feet are sore from pounding the pavement.
This trip benefited from the fact that it was a sunny day. The trip was relaxing and informative. It takes time to get going as the start is a bit out of the centre. It is also a bit front loaded with most of the major sites being in the first couple of hours. Although, the reverse journey along the canal was beautiful and I saw bits of the city the I wouldn't normally do. The guide was in German and English and very thorough and informative. The boat was comfortable and smooth. Facilities were fine. There is a decent choice of food and drink in the cafe.
Some thoughts - - only two departure times were offered whereas in fact several tours are run throughout the day, could more options be offered. When only 6 people turned up for my boat (1st of the day) they said it was not enough to run the tour and we had to wait 50 mins for the next one. This was down time in a three day trip. The booking form does not identify the operator of the boat. There are other companies operating from the other bank so some clarity may help some people. The tour has a number of pick up drop off points and people were boarding at all of these to do the full tour. Could more embarkation points be offered which may be more convenient to travellers rather than going out to Charlottenburg (although the castle gardens there are beautiful and free to wander round).These are small administrative matters as the overall experience was good. It was nice to relax after a couple of days touring on foot. Anthony
This is a good river trip from the outskirts. Best not to do a shorter one previously, like I did, because you then have a big overlap.
The personal guide was great. He was Extremely knowledgeable and couldn't do enough for you. He even arranged for us to get off at a closer stop to our hotel. The tea and butter almond cake are great and so were the crepes. It's a three to four hour trip, so relax and go with it.
Was a great tour. We decided to go to the boat dock early and were able to go see the Charlottenburg palace as its just a few blocks away as an extra tourist event. Food and drink available on board were quite good. The perspective of seeing some of the sites from the river was quite interesting. Would recommend it.
Very good value for the money. The guide was bilingual, speaking both German and English. Saw many interesting locales. Unfortunately, some other passengers got drunk and let their kids run wild, but the company couldn't do much about that!
A good distance travelled around the city seeing many of the beautiful buildings. Well worth the cost, just a pity the commentary was only in German
Very good cruise .Though we are in Germany many visitors speak English the tour guide sounded very interesting (in German). Would it not be possible to have an audio English translation?
A very comprehensive overview of the city taking in a number of historical landmarks, stunning new developments and even parts of the old East Berlin still waiting to be redeveloped. A pleasant surprise was when we left the river itself and cruised around the various canals bordered by extensive parklands and recreational areas. This enabled us to get a fuller image of the totality of Berlin itself without the need to return to the starting point the same way that we had started out from. Extensive commentary was given throughout the trip but it was a pity that non German speakers were not catered for in any way .
I enjoyed the day time trip as well as the evening one.
The river Spree is very long and there are more than one SchlossBrucke at Berlin. One at Island Museum near Radisson Hotel and the other at Charlottenburg district. So, the voucher should mentioned the district of Berlin to be more precise to take the boat. BRGDS
Nice sail around Berlin. Really relaxing and informing. The departure point is a bit inconvenient but you can get on and off the boat at any point at least that's what we were told as long as you keep a copy of your voucher. I didn't give a bigger rating because we were supposed to have lunch on the boat and it wasn't provided.
A relaxing way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with English commentary as a bonus.
A nice way to start the day. Relaxing cruise along the river is a good way to get your bearings. Only problem was that the commentary was in German but they did provide an English copy so we could read it and get an idea of where we were.
We took the Sunday afternoon 2:45pm cruise, and our guide for the cruise was just fantastic. We were thankful she was able to do the tour in English as well as German since there were a number of us traveling together from the States and that was very kind. She was extremely knowledgeable, very informative, and answered all our questions so well. It was a lovely time and a great introduction to the city of Berlin since we had just arrived.
What ever you do, do not go to 20 24 Spandauer to catch the cruise or you will miss the boat. Charlottenbourg Palace seems to have a number of entrances, but likely no one there can tell you where to catch the boat. Look for a bridge. Climb down the embankment. There are two companies that have tours. Look for the flag with the star. If you are not staying in this area Charlottesbourg Palace I would not recommend taking this tour as you will spend money for a train unnessarily. if you are staying near the river walk to the river, all along the river there are plenty of options, and you may no need to reserve. Ask if the boat returns to the starting point. Some nice vantage points from the water.
The trip was very nice, but a bit too long.
The guide was very difficult to understand both in German and in English - could be the soundsystem, or his deep tone of voice but it definately would have been a much more interesting trip, if we had got more of the informations as we sail along.
This was a really good trip hut in my opinion just over 3 hours was too long
Enjoyed it in spite of the rainy day and the fact that we were the only couple that showed up for the timing we had booked . There has to be at least 6 people for them to sail.fortunately the next run was half empty so we waited 50 minutes for the next boat tour.. Would do it again!
Great river trip except for the afternoon storm. My advice don't book before you go just rock up so you know what weather is like.