Kayak Tour West: The Pulse of the City

Oneway-Tour from Urbanhafen Kreuzberg to Tiergarten including a watergate passage.

On the legendary Landwehrkanal through the middle of the city along the Potsdamer Platz and the Tiergarten Park.

A great mixture of urbanity, culture and history – one way tour including a watergate passage.

The morning tour starts at Urbanhafen Kreuzberg and ends at Tiergarten, the afternoon tour goes vice versa (return tour).

2,5 hours (7 km)

29 €
25 € reduced for pupils, students and private groups of more than 10 participants

The booking up to 4 people make online here. The payment is in cash or by voucher at the meeting point. For groups of more than 4 please send us an e-mail.

Weather? We paddle rain or shine. But if it’s raining heavily for hours or there is a thunderstorm we cancel the tour and refund the money.


  • extremly stable tandem kayaks
  • life vests
  • spray decks
  • short but efficient paddle intro
  • luggage transfer to the destination 

Who is allowed 

  • adults, pupils of more than 14 years
  • kids if there comes an adult per kid

What to bring

  • Sun screen or rain gear
  • water to drink and a snack
  • change clothings




Route & Meeting point

We start at the riverside on the right side of the van Loon Restaurant ship where you can have a nice breakfast or lunch. Public transport: subway U1 – station “Prinzenstraße” / Address for the GPS: Carl-Herz-Ufer 7.

For the return tour (Saturday 15:30) we meet at Tiergarten S-Bahn Station exit: Straße des 17. Juni. 

Tour dates (April 1.- October 15.)
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. from Urbanhafen Kreuzberg
Return Tour: Saturday 2.30 p.m. from Tiergarten Station 

+ additional dates (June 24. – September 3.):
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. from Urbanhafen Kreuzberg 
Return tour: Saturday and Sunday 4.30 p.m. from Tiergarten Station
+ holidays:
Mai 1., Mai 25., June 5., October 3., 11 a.m. und return tour 2:30 p.m.

Private tours we offer on every possible day on request.


More about the route:

The Urbanhafen in Kreuzberg a former harbor! Here we start – right next to the boat restaurant “Van Loon”. Our truck delivers the kayaks and is at your service to take your luggage or your bikes to the destination of the tour. For a while paddle alongside the U 1, which was built by Siemens as the fist elevated railway of Berlin. The bridges and stations still remain of these days of industrialisation.  Here at this point different railways are crossing over and under the water. The airplain hanging on the building of the technical museum is a so called Rosinenbomber being used in the Berlin Airlift to supply the West-Berliners with food and medication during the blockade by the Soviet Union 1948-1949.  The “Potsdamer Platz” was destroyed by bombs of the Second Wordwar and remained as a waste land between east and west. In the 1990s a modern architectural ensemble was built completely different from what was here before.  The “Shell-house” was constructed in 1931 by E. Fahrenkamp as one of the first Berlin buildings with steel skeleton. Particular are the windows over the edges and the wavelike facade.


The “Bendler Block” was and is an important part of Germany’s military headquarter being used in our days by the department of defence. The memorial of the german resistance against the Hitler regime remembers us of the July 20 1945 plot, which failed and so the leading military officers Stauffenberg and others were assasinated in this building the same evening.


During the Novemberevolution 1918/19 the co-founder of the German Communist Party Rosa Luxemburg was taken prisoner, murdered and thrown into the “Landwehrkanal” at this point January 15. Karl Liebknecht was also shot some 100 meters from here in the “Tiergarten”.


 Soon we reach our destination.

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