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The waterways in and around the german capital of Berlin: Berliner & Treptower Spree / Landwehrkanal / Dahme-Wasserstrasse Langer See / Teltow-Kanal & Britzer Verbindungskanal / Neuköllner Kanal, Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal

Berlin / All the waterways of the capital | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 240 km
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Good

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Ab Juni 2010 finden Sie den Vermieter Nicols auch in Köpenik.

Waterway has access to:

Dahme Waterway | Germany
Obere (Upper) Havel-Waterway | Germany
Spree-Oder-Waterway | Germany
Untere Havel-Wasserstrasse (Lower Havel-Waterway) with Elbe-Havel-Kanal und Havel-Kanal | Germany

The canal was built between 1845 and 1850 in order to unburden the transportation on River Spree. Today it’s used for tourism only since its dimensions don’t allow today’s cargo ships. Luckily enough, since this canal crosses the following districts in the heart of Berlin: Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Tiergarten and Charlottenburg.

Spree-Oder-Waterway in Belin

Spree of Berlin and Treptower Spree, from the lock of Spandau to Köpenick
Coming from the Havel one can enjoy this splendid river up to the wharf of Charlottenburg, then it first gets hectic and from the new main station to the lock of Mühlendamm , it is even diabolic. Sightseeing ships appear in dozens and always flat out. They don’t care about pleasure boating at all. After the lock, one is (apart from the everywhere present Police boats) almost on its own!

Dahme, from Köpenick to Schmöckwitz
At the southern end of the Langer See, Spree-Oder-Wasserstrasse parts again from Dahme-Wasserstrasse, turns shortly into the Seedinsee, leaving it again after 1 km on the Oder-Spree-Kanal. The Dahme-Wasserstrasse continues through the Zeuthener See further to the southeast.

Teltow-Kanal with Britzer link kanal
Wilhelm II gave order to build this canal in 1900 in order to relieve the other canals of Berlin. There is a lock with 3 rooms on the canal but at the moment there are only 2 working.  The canal which goes right across the south of Berlin used to have an electric towing rail, its embankment is now a promenade.
The big surprise for Skippers is that one gets the idea to cross woodlands at least on half of the stretch and only gets in touch to civilization from time to time.

The last part of the canal, from the turnoff at Britzer link canal to the opening into the Dahme-Wasserstrasse, goes along the motorway, across industrial areas and is not very comfortable. If you’re not too much in a hurry, the short detour over Britzer connecting canal to the Spree and from there to the Dahme is recommended.

This inland waterway of Berlin goes from the Havel at Spandau over the inland ports of the capital down to the Berliner Spree between the new main station and the government district. The canal is closed for pleasure boating.


A short connection between the Spree at Charlottenburg and the Westhafen.