Kayak Tour East: Paddling Kreuzberg, Neukölln & Osthafen


Two way tour on the Landwehrkanal and the Spree river including two watergate passages.

A tour through the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln which leads to the highly modern Berlin around the East Harbor and backwards.

A special part of the tour is a round trip in the East Harbor next to the Oberbaumbrücke which is nowadays a stunning mix of club culture, international media and fashion spots and the remainings of the cold war. The tour includes two watergate passages.

3.5 hours (8 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.

Inclusive:

  • 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
 

 

 

           
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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.

Tour dates:

Mai 5. – June 23
Saturdays 6 p.m.

June 24. – September 3.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 6 p.m., Fridays 3 p.m.

September 8. – 29.
Saturdays 5 p.m.

Private tours on request, possible every day!

 

More about the route:

Not only we meet here, but Kreuzberg does! The Urbanhafen is a green oasis for recreation, where locals and tourists come together.As our tour starts, we enter the canal gliding through under the „Admiralsbrücke“, which itself is a great example of the typical Berlin-mix of past and present. It is the oldest bridge of steel construction as well as a popular gathering point for young people. Paddling on we get an idea of Kreuzbergs multi-cultural flair as we pass the Jewish commune on the left side and the Maybachufer on the right side, which is famous for its Oriental Basar. A little history: The canal was planned by Peter Joseph Lenné in the 19th century. He was the royal landscape architect of the Prussian kings, who planned the gardens around Palace Sanssouci. So the canal got its curved shape simulating a natural river course. The canal has been a border and still is. On our tour we are going alongside the former Iron Curtain, passing two district border triangles.

A symbol of the former border and Berlin’s most beautiful bridge is our next highlight. The Oberbaumbrücke accompanied by the TV-Tower in the background is one of the unique perspectives on our way.

Around the Osthafen (east harbour) creativity flourishes. MTV & Universal are just two of the big names around here. There is also the „Badeschiff“ (a pool in the Spree river), an old wrack („Dr. Ingrid Wengler“)  with an extraordinary story and the „Molecule Man“, who is a giant symbol of the reunion of Germany.

Our roundtrip in the harbor focuses on the unique buildings, which represent cultural and commercial landmarks. Club culture and international companies mix – nevertheless there is a ground inbetween occupied by an alternative crowd. It is a place of change and new spirits, yet in the middle of everything the former border of the GDR still remains and reminds.

So you can say the “Osthafen” is one of the most interesting mixes of commerce, art, history and extraordinary architecture! After a little break we will start our way back from here!