When Thomas of BerlinBootsTouren asked us whether we wanted a free ride on a sunny afternoon on the Spree, we didn’t have to think twice about the opportunity. First of all: who says no to a free ride? And second of all: we love water. Even though you can’t just freely dip into the rather muddy waters of our beloved city river, there’s still something mesmerizing about being at or on the water, for sure. When the Spree is the closest you can come to endless water fronts and horizons, you’ll take a shot at loving it, right?
The trillion of us were loaded on deck and off we went on an old DDR ship, KB12, along the waterfronts. The good thing about not going with a huge carrier on a tour like this is frankly the intimacy. Like hanging out with your best friends at a bar without being disturbed by massive gangs of tourists or other party-goers. In fact, if we had prepared anything in advance, we could’ve even brought our grill, could have anchored anywhere on the Spree or went off at the beautiful Insel der Jugend in Treptow. Instead, we decided to lazily gaze across the water and discover all those beautiful things on the riverside from a different perspective.
The Corbeau holds up to 11 passengers and is a beauty of a boat — even I, a total amateur, can say that. She shimmers in red and white and is super quiet. You can stretch beneath the sun on the top deck that holds place for about 5 – 6 persons at a time. She’s not a racing boat, sure, but fast enough to feel competitive with a hurrying jogger. The owner of the boat, Bruno, is so enthusiastic about her you will definitely feel infected by a new rush of love for ships and boats and everything that swims.
Thomas told us that there are other boats that can be rented out, that some of them even go way deep into the winter. To see them all and check the prices, go to his website and see for yourself. If you’re new to Berlin and you want an overview, the Schnuppertour which we took is perfect for a chill afternoon and some rays of sun. If you want to dig deeper into the environment, there are two more tours: one that goes across the city from East to West (including the Landwehrkanal) and one that will help you discover all the beautiful lakes in and around Berlin.
Knowing that that was probably one of the last warm and sunny days of the year, the boat tour really freshened us up for those two hours we spent. It’s good to get out more often. If you’re planning a birthday or any event of some sorts, use the opportunity while the sky stays blue. Absolutely worth it.
Support Thomas’ small and intimate enterprise by liking his page on Facebook and staying in touch over new tours and boatrides he’ll offer in the future. By the way: does anyone know what those crazy people are trying to fish out of the Spree? We saw a couple of anglers alongside the way and I’d be stunned to hear that there are any edible creatures in these pested waters…