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River Spree Ferries

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River Spree Ferries

Unable to find information regarding ferry boats on the river. From the BVG site it appears they run some boats but cannot find details as to routes,times and tickets Anyone had experience of using the river to get about or even been on a short cruise.

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1. Re: River Spree Ferries

These are ferries - not cruise boats. Some of them need just 2 minutes.

www.bvg.de/index.php/de/3722/name/Faehre.html

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F10 Wannsee - Alt Kladow 20 minutes

Lake Grosser Wannsee (river Havel)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro%C3%9Fer_Wannsee

Can be included in a trip to Potsdam. Bus #697 from Alt Kladow to Potsdam. Palace Scarow is on this route

http://www.spsg.de/index.php?id=122&lang=en

There are also some sights in the area like the House of the Wannsee Conference and Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island).

http://www.ghwk.de/

www.spsg.de/index.php…

http://www.pfaueninsel.info/

As this is an island you need of course a ferry. This is not a BVG ferry. Return is EUR 4,00.

berlin.de/tourismus/nachrichten/1769886-1721…

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F21 Krampenburg - Zum Seeblick 14 minutes

Langer See (long lake - river Dahme)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langer_See

Runs only in the season (like all other F2x ferries): Good Friday till 3rd October. Does not run on Mondays.

(F12 crosses also the Langer See, but only a 2 minutes trip)

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F23 Müggelwerderweg - Kruggasse 25 minutes

Kleiner Müggelsee - Müggelspree

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCggelsee

can be combined with the ferry F24 Kruggasse - Spreewiesen. Needs 5 minutes - mainly due the fact that this is a rowboat ferry.

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Also possible a tour F21 - 6 km - F24 - F23. Especially with a bicycle (can be taken on all ferries). Can be combined with a visit of Köpenick, roughly at the opposite side of Lake Müggelsee.

berlin-tourismus-online.de/treptow-koepenick…

www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php…

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> routes

You can give the end points into the BVG city map

fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/query.bin/en…

> times

BVG timetable

fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/query.bin/en…

> tickets

Normal BVG tariff applies. Best is to use a day ticket Berlin AB (EUR 6,30). If you want to proceed to Potsdam you need the Berlin ABC (EUR 6,80) version.

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2. Re: River Spree Ferries

Sounds like the OP is looking for a Spree boat trip, rather than a BVG ferry. Several companies operate frequent boat trips up and down the Spree and the Havel and the lakes and waterways around Potsdam and Köpenik. You can get boats from a number of locations: on Unter den Linden near the Dom, near Hackesche Markt, near Charlottenburg Palace, on the Wannsee near the S-Bahn station to name a few major ones. Just go down and buy a ticket from the pier or the ticket booth.

Southport, United...
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3. Re: River Spree Ferries

Many thanks abalada and bill2p for the very helpful replies. In Bangkok we found best and cheapest way around was on public river buses and was hoping to find a similar service in Berlin.Staying in Alexanderplatz so is the embankment opposite the Dom a ferry stop or just a tourist cruise point?

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4. Re: River Spree Ferries

There's no equivalent in Berlin to Bangkok's Chao Phraya Express or Saen Saep Canal boats. The Spree is not used as a transportation artery. The pier near the Dom is for excursion boats (not just for tourists - Berliners use them too).

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5. Re: River Spree Ferries

That is, there's still occasaional freight traffic on the Spree (so in that sense it is a transportation artery), but nothing in comparison to the vast rice barges and profusion of other vessels on the Chao Phraya. Berlin's mass transit is so efficient and dense, there's no need to also have a river service as there is in Bangkok.

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6. Re: River Spree Ferries

> so is the embankment opposite the Dom a ferry stop or just a tourist cruise point?

Just for tourist boats. There are no ferries in central Berlin. All are at the outskirts at places where a ferry can cope with the traffic and where a bridge would have been too expensive.

At the places the rivers in Berlin are not lakes they are rather small and easy too cross by bridges. And Berlin has lots of bridges - more than Venice and Amsterdam together.

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7. Re: River Spree Ferries

Local public transport tickets cover all means of local public transport in Berlin. The price plays thus no role in choosing one. Means of local publci transport in central Berlin with views are

- the east-west S-Bahn lines on the Stadtbahn (elevated - Westkreuz - Zoologischer Garten - Hauptbahnhof - Friedrichstrasse - Alexanderplatz - Ostbahnhof - Ostkreuz)

- some U-Bahn lines have - despite their name (U = Untergrund = underground) - also elevated parts. Notably U1 and U2. Photo U-Bahn U1 crossing the river Spree on the Oberbaum bridge:

…wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Oberba…

- trams

- double decker bus lines. Notably the lines 100 and 200 which connect many touristic sights in central Berlin.

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