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City and waters – take the S-Bahn to Berlin's rivers and canals

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City and waters – take the S-Bahn to Berlin's rivers and canals

Hiking Collection by S-Bahn Berlin

9

Tours

24:19 h

58.8 mi

1,400 ft

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 nine 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.

And we get you there: sustainable, friendly and approachable. We make it possible for everyone to visit these wonderful places, because every starting point is easily and conveniently accessible by S-Bahn. Whichever hike you choose, you will get to know Berlin from a new perspective.

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    Entlang von Spree und Spreekanal durch Berlins historische Mitte – S-Bahn Berlin

    Easy
    01:16
    3.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Spreeinsel in Mitte forms the historical core of Berlin. In the north it is called Museum Island, in the middle stood the City Palace and the Palace of the Republic and the southern part is called Fisherman's Island. The Spreeinsel was surrounded by the Spree in the north and by the Cöllnische Graben

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    10.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Wuhle is a quiet, narrow tributary of the Spree. Coming from the Barnim plateau, the river gently laps through the east of Berlin. The Wuhle also passes the high-rise housing estates in Marzahn and Hellersdorf. However, as the river valley is beautifully renatured and lined with trees, you will not

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  • Intermediate
    02:10
    5.17 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Havel forms Spandau like no other district in Berlin. Sometimes narrow and nimble, then wide and sluggish again, the Havel winds its way through the old town and past the citadel, before finally flowing into the Wannsee in the south. On the way she also takes the Spree with her, which flows into

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    5.25 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In order to supply the growing city of Berlin with the required quantity of goods in the 19th century, water transport became increasingly important. But soon the Spree was no longer sufficient - so it was decided to build the Landwehr Canal to relieve the Spree. The canal was outside the city walls

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    9.30 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Because the Spree at the beginning of the 20th century was already overcrowded by ships, barges and boats, 1900 was started with a bypass channel. The same channel, the Teltow Canal, was officially opened six years later and allowed ships and boats to bypass the city center. But soon the Teltow Canal

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    7.39 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the eastern outskirts of the city, the Erpe ripples across wide meadows, through old castle parks and quiet forests until it flows into the Spree between Köpenick and Friedrichshagen. If you stroll through the wide floodplain landscape here, you will quickly forget that you are only half an hour away

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    6.07 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    While the Spree east of Alexanderplatz is built on both sides to close to the shore, in Hansaviertel, in Moabit and in Charlottenburg wide promenades await you with beautiful meadows and ancient trees - a wonderful place for a long walk. On our tour, you will always walk from Berlin Central Station along

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  • Easy
    01:31
    3.68 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    8.34 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In front of you the wide Havel shimmers in the sunlight and behind you lies the Grunewald, one of Berlin's large, green and very popular city forests. Not only can you criss-cross the many paths and walk under shady trees, but you can also follow 13 kilometers of hiking trails along the banks of the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    58.8 mi
  • Duration
    24:19 h
  • Elevation
    1,400 ft

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