Even if it is sometimes not so noticeable, Berlin is a real water city. Without the freight traffic on the Spree, the city would never have grown so quickly in the 19th century – building materials and food could be brought reliably into the city on the waterways compared to via muddy roads and fragile railways. Over time, the Spree was joined by a number of canals to relieve the river. When you look at a map of Berlin, you can see an extensive network of rivers and canals. In our Collection, you can discover these waterways yourself on eight different routes.
A collection about water in Berlin has to include a hike along the Spree – that's why we’ve included two suggestions for you. You can, for example, explore the Spree and the Spree Canal around Fischerinsel, the historic centre of Berlin. Or, why not enjoy the wide promenade between Moabit and Charlottenburg and stroll through the famous Schlosspark. You can then take a walk along the Spandauer Canal, which connects Berlin's city centre with Westhafen.
The banks of the Landwehr Canal in Neukölln and Kreuzberg are also worth a visit. Here, you can get to know two thriving trendy districts from their quiet and idyllic side. With a length of almost 40 kilometres, the Teltow Canal is one of the longest canals in Berlin – but don't worry, you don't have to walk the whole way. We have planned a beautiful route for you on its southeastern section.
Our last three walks are less urban. In Spandau the Havel has beautiful views and wide marsh meadows. Meanwhile, Marzahn and Hellersdorf hide the re-natured Whule between their skyscrapers. And in the very east, in the idyllic Erpetal valley, you even forget that you are still in Berlin.
You can reach all our routes comfortably and stress-free with the Berlin S-Bahn. Whichever hike you choose, you will get to know Berlin from a new perspective.
In times of Corona, our tour suggestions are mainly one thing: inspirations for hikes and bike tours in the near future, when the everyday restrictions are less strict. Please stay healthy, protect yourself and other people. Avoid any unnecessary travel — if the urgent desire for fresh air lures you out on our tours, please observe the distance and hygiene rules. By the way, FFP2 masks are mandatory in the Berlin S-Bahn!
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The Havel shapes Spandau like no other district in Berlin. Narrow and swift, then wide and sluggish, the Havel winds its way through the old town and past the citadel to finally flow into the Wannsee in the south. On the way, she also takes along the Spree, which joins the Havel only a few meters behind the citadel. On our tour we lead you from the old town of Spandau always along the Havel towards the south.
On the eastern edge of the city, the Erpe ripples across wide meadows, through old castle parks and quiet forests, until it joins the Spree between Köpenick and Friedrichshagen. If you stroll through the wide landscape, you will quickly forget that you are only half an hour away from Alexanderplatz by S-Bahn. On our route we take you from Hoppegarten on quiet forest paths and over beautiful meadows to Friedrichshagen.
The Spandau shipping canal connects the Havel with the Westhafen and continues from there to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, where the canal flows into the Spree. The shore is largely landscaped and designed as a narrow park strip - accordingly, you can stroll along here wonderfully and the big city bustle a bit out of the way. On our short tour we will take you from the Westhafen to the main station.