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Berlin: The City on the Water

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Experience the Capital from the Water



A holiday in, on and around water is no problem in Berlin! There’s no other city in Germany in which you can enjoy so much nature and culture from the water. In addition to a wealth of forests and large parks, the capital offers 51.7 km² of water, including many lakes and about 180 km of navigable waterways – more than enough space for fans of having fun and playing sport on the water. Plus: together with the surrounding state of Brandenburg, Berlin is home to Europe’s largest inland water network. 128 canoe operators, 83 charter companies, 65 shipping companies, and 305 pleasure craft harbors were at the disposal of guests to Berlin-Brandenburg in 2014.

More Bridges than Venice

Anyone interested in bridges doesn’t need to head to Venice. Berlin has 960, more than the city on the Adriatic. But that should be no surprise: the Rivers Spree and Havel flow through the city that was once a member of the Hanseatic League. There are plenty of shipping channels and canals running through the city. A part of the Köpenick district on the city’s south side that is surrounded on almost all sides by the Müggelsee is appropriately named Neu Venedig (“New Venice”). Berlin definitely lives up to its reputation as a capital city on the water.

Swimming in the Spree?

© Stern- und Kreisschiffahrt Berlin

© Stern- und Kreisschiffahrt Berlin

New plans for Berlin’s historical centre: Berliners and visitors will soon be welcome to swim in the River Spree not far from the Museumsinsel right in the heart of the city center. The “Flussbad” project plans to build an approx. 750-meter-long public swimming area in front of this historic Berlin backdrop. The initiative not only seeks to add a recreational area in the city center, but also improve the river’s overall water quality.

But if you’re eager to start swimming in the area this summer, you’ll want to check out Europe’s most unusual beach bar where you can swim your laps or just splash around under the open sky on a barge moored on the Spree and converted into a pool. The beach bar at Berlin’s Badeschiff will be welcoming guests from the Easter weekend onwards.

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