Pedal boats, kayaks and canoes – take the S-Bahn to Berlin’s boating spots

Collection by S-Bahn Berlin

It’s ten in the morning in Berlin. The sun is shining and the weather is warm. There’s only one thing to do on this kind of day – go outside! But, today you don’t really feel like walking or cycling. You’d prefer to go out boating. Luckily, you live in the capital with countless lakes and where the Spree and Havel rivers flow. No matter which district of Berlin you live in, you will find water nearby. Whether you would like to relax on a boat or a stand-up paddleboard, Berlin has a lot to offer. The seven easy routes in this Collection will take you to the best spots in Berlin where you can set sail and enjoy the freedom of being on the water.

On the Müggelspree, you will find a Mediterranean flair as you float down the small canals of New Venice. On a trip to Kleiner Müggelsee, you can tuck into freshly smoked fish which you caught yourself. In the north of Berlin, Tegeler See has a Caribbean vibe as you tether your boat on white sandy beaches. In the southwest, you can explore Wannsee Island, a classic escape for Berliners. At Schlachtensee, you can take to the water on your paddleboard and enjoy Hawaiian flare.

If you would like to captain an adventure raft or tuck into a barbecue aboard your boat then the areas around Grünau and Richtershorn are for you. Or, for a sight-seeing tour from the water, you can hire a pedal boat from Rummelsburger Bucht and head towards the Molecule Man statue. If a romantic rowing boat around a water fountain is your idea of boating fun, then head to Weissensee.

So grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and be your very own captain!

Top tip: So that your trip doesn't capsize into the water, check out boat rental opening hours in advance.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:44
    6.78 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    La Dolce Vita! In the very southeast of Berlin, a piece of Italy is waiting to be discovered by you from the boat. Quiet, small canals give you that Venice feeling. And this romantic tour on the edge of the Great Müggelsee does not lack beautiful sandy beaches for (sun) bathing.The S3 S-Bahn line takes you to the Rahnsdorf S-Bahn station on the outskirts of Berlin every 20 minutes. You walk over three kilometers through the green and with a little luck you can observe some of the namesake residents at the tiny toad pond. We continue through Rahnsdorf to the banks of the Müggelspree, where you can hop into a bright red two or three-person canoe. How much that costs and when the rental is open for you can be found here: 13kanus.de/kanuverleihIt is only a mile to Italy. Do not you think? A few paddle strokes later, you turn left and have arrived in New Venice. Channels covered with water lilies flow through a lush green and well-kept residential area with water lots and small wooden walkways. Paddle to your heart's content here and there and enjoy the unique atmosphere. You leave the gem under the Rialto Bridge and find yourself back on the Müggelspree.You can now simply slide the electricity back to the boat rental. If you don't have enough, you drive past it and cross the route of Berlin's only rowing ferry. There the Müggelseefischer is waiting for you with delicious, smoked fish. In the end, it is worth a round over the Little Müggelsee, where you can relax on the beach.After a wonderful day on the water, you drive leisurely back to the canoe rental and walk back to the S-Bahn station. On the way back you can review the great impressions.

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    Easy
    01:58
    4.85 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hawaii in Berlin! Whether at the end of the day as after-work relaxation, for refreshment on a hot summer weekend or as yoga for advanced students - at the super clean Schlachtensee you can practice the relaxed trend sport stand up paddling from the Pacific Ocean or glide chilled with your board over the water.Your tour to the Schlachtensee begins at the S-Bahn station of the same name. The S1 S-Bahn line takes you here every 10 minutes. From the train station, you practically fall into the Grunewald and also see the shimmering Schlachtensee a few meters below you. You walk a good one and a half kilometers to the rental station for stand up paddle boards, or SUPs for short, at the Fischerhütte. There are numerous boards waiting to sail with you across the tubular Schlachtensee. If you are a beginner, you can book a beginner's course or even take yoga classes. More information is available at steh-paddler.comFrom the north-east bank you start towards the southwest over one of the largest forest lakes in Berlin. Since it is so clear, a look under the water surface is always worthwhile. There are 18 fish species in the water. Blow by blow you glide past the forested banks. If you want to pause, you can either simply sit on your board or you land on one of the many small bays. You decide whether you want to paddle to the end of the lake or turn back beforehand.When you get back to the rental, you can relax on the private beach of the fishing hut. Then it goes from the lake to the S-Bahn station Mexikoplatz, where you can enjoy a fruity-sweet ice cream before you drive home.

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    8.06 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Cast off and get to the cannons! At Tegeler See you can feel like a pirate on a boat trip. Enchanted bays, small sandy beaches, clearest water and real cannons can be discovered on the extensive tour along the banks. You can leave the parrot at home, so pack your bathing suit instead.The S25 S-Bahn line stops every 20 minutes at Tegel S-Bahn station. From there you make your way around one and a half kilometers to the harbor and charter a pedal or pirate-like rowing boat at Tegeler See. You can find out how many doubloons you need to print here: bootsvermietung-tegel.deWith your crew you leave the landlubbers behind and set sail. You set the course on the Reiherwerder peninsula, where you can go ashore for the first time. Let the Caribbean blue water slosh over your feet or dive a little for shells. If you haven't made any prey yet, you can try again on the workers' beach, where shady spots wave.You dive deeper into the archipelago and circle forested, mystical islands. Slowly you sneak along the bank. Be careful, because just before the home port, two massive, cast-in cannons are aimed at you and watch over the bay. When you have dropped the anchor again, you can go back to shore, pirate. Arrrrrh! And a bottle full ...

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    7.69 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Water and forest wherever you look - the tour takes you on hidden paths and makes the hike to the boat rental a little adventure. On the Long Lake, where you set sail, great views of the Müggelberge and inviting bathing bays await you.The green tour starts at the Grünau S-Bahn station. The S46 and S8 S-Bahn lines take you to the southeast of the capital every 20 minutes. Once you have crossed the eagle rack, you are already in the middle of the forest and follow the soft forest path until you meet the Krumme Lake. From here the path becomes narrower and winding. The likelihood of having it for you alone is very high. The path meanders idyllically along the swamp area and only shortly before Richtershorn, where the boat rental is after about five kilometers, do you turn towards the Langer See.You are now spoiled for choice: do you opt for a classic two-person kayak, a romantic rowboat or pedal boat? Or do you prefer motorized? Then you can borrow one of the many different license-free motor boats. If you want something special or are in a larger group, there are even pontoon grill boats and adventure rafts! So you can stand it on the water all day. You can find more about prices and boats here: bootsverleih.bootsjunge.deIf you have chosen a boat with muscle power, you can sail the Long Lake, which is also known as the Dahme, northwards, for example. From the water you have a wonderful view of the Müggelberge and passing sailing boats. On the west bank you can moor at the Bammelecke swimming area or on the east bank on a small sandy beach and jump into the cool water. Once you have let off steam on the water, there is a hearty meal on the table in the western restaurant right next to the boat rental.It goes back through the forest to the Grünau S-Bahn station. If you don't want to hike anymore, you can also take the tram line 68 there, which winds its way along the banks of the forest near the shore.

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    Intermediate
    03:15
    8.07 mi
    2.5 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Sightseeing from the water! In this way you, as a die-hard Berliner, get to know your capital from a completely new perspective. And what could be more refreshing on a sunny day than a lively paddle tour through the city?From the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station, which is served by numerous S-Bahn lines every minute, you can be at the boat rental in the Rummelsburger Bucht within a few steps. You can choose between kayaks, pedalo or stand up paddleboard. You can find information on this here: ahoi-ostkreuz.deNow it's time for a journey of discovery out of the Rummelsburg Bay. A few paddle strokes or kicks to the south are worthwhile. You are sailing along the Plänterwald, which was home to the only former amusement park in Berlin. From the water you can see the Ferris wheel, which was still rotating until 2002. Today, this unique Lost Place can be visited on guided tours, but the rides remain closed and left to decay.From here it goes on to the island of youth, where you can moor and stop in the beer garden. Then you move on towards the city, past the foot of the gigantic Molecule Man and up to the brick-decorated Oberbaum Bridge. The onward journey is blocked for muscle-powered watercraft from here, so you slowly sail back to the idyllic Rummelsburg Bay and pass the Love Island.Since the boat rental is so central, you can combine the way back to the S-Bahn with a stroll through the city.

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    Intermediate
    03:16
    7.99 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Ahoy sailor! Five varied lakes lie along the way of this tour through the north of Berlin. The focus is on hiking or a nice walk through the neighborhood and landscape. The boat fun is still not neglected.The S75 S-Bahn line stops every ten minutes at Hohenschönhausen S-Bahn station, where you start your hike. You walk through housing estates and have reached the first body of water with the Faulen See after less than two and a half kilometers. From the viewing platform you can let the natural biotope and swamp area work for you. You may also spot a few waterfowl or amphibians that have settled here.We continue to Obersee and Orankesee just around the corner. Small information boards are set up around the lakes, which tell you more about the history of the two lakes in the heart of Berlin on your smartphone via QR code reader.Once at the White Lake, you can finally set sail. A small boat rental company offers both rowing and pedal boats. You can inquire about prices and opening times on site, as the small rental does not have an Internet presence. After a few laps across the lake and past the bubbling fountain, you can enjoy delicious coffee and cake in the nearby milk house. Or you can snuggle up in one of the deckchairs in the lido. By the way, the sandy beach was filled with Baltic Sea sand.On the way back to the S-Bahn station, you come to the vast fields of Malchow and Lake Malchower. Enjoy the sea air again on the last body of water before you get on the train.

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    Difficult
    05:48
    14.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Pack your swimming trunks and then head out to the Wannsee! You can enjoy early summer to the fullest on this great day tour around the beautiful Wannsee island. On hot days you can just jump into the cool water from the boat or a small beach bay. Always close to the shore, you will discover historic castle grounds and buildings as well as idyllic small lakes with magnificent villas from a completely new perspective.The S-Bahn lines S1 and S7 take you to the Wannsee S-Bahn station every 10 minutes. From there it is only a short hop to the Wannsee bank and not too far to rent a boat. Once over the Wannsee bridge, you follow the silhouette of the Wannsee island for a good two and a half kilometers. Once at the boathouse, you can rent one of the bright red canoes and set sail. You can find information on prices and opening hours on the website of the rental company: kanuverleih-wannsee.de/tourenOnce you have gotten yourself into the boat, you can consider whether you want to drive the Wannsee round clockwise or the other way around. Since the direction of flow on the large waters is not really noticeable, that's entirely up to you. With a few paddle strokes from Großer Wannsee, you can go straight to the broad Havel. As soon as you have circled the northern tip of the Wannsee island, you will already see the forested Peacock Island on your right. A dangling at its southern tip is worthwhile, because there the white castle shines in all its glory.The Havel is now gradually narrowing. The Sacrower Heilandskirche stands proudly on the right bank and soon you paddle under the stately Glienicke Bridge. High-ranking agent exchanges were carried out here at the time of the division within Germany. Once you have reached the Griebnitzsee, you can let the paddles rest briefly. The water is now framed by Glienicke Palace Park on one side and Babelsberg Park on the other. In both you can discover wonderful castle buildings.With the idyllic Stölpchen and Pohlesee you have almost reached the end of the round. In the cozy restaurant "Seehaase" you can toast your mini nautical adventure and have a bite - paddling makes you amazingly hungry!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    57.7 mi
  • Duration
    23:26 h
  • Elevation
    975 ft

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