As soon as the temperatures rise to over 20 degrees, the Berliners are already plunging into real adventures – and many of them have to do with jumping into the cool water. No wonder, because with the enormous number of lakes and waterways in and around our beloved city, the way to refreshment is never particularly long. But how about a little exercise? We regularly see one or the other canoe bobbing on the Landwehr Canal. Where do they all come from? The answer is simple – along with many other activities that you can experience on our waters, we reveal them to you in this list!
Sail across the Spree on a raft from Floß & los and have a barbecue
Berlin’s waterways can also be explored comfortably on rafts. Floß & los also offers professionally built and equipped rafts for larger households and families. If you feel like it, you can get a camping toilet, blankets, disposable crockery and grill for a little extra money and drift towards the sunset while grilling or spend the night on the floating base. Events such as the floating reading stage are also normally on offer.
Work off power with wakeboarding and water skiing
If you like to strap on your snowboard or skis under your feet in winter and have not yet been on a wakeboard, you should head to Großbeeren as quickly as possible and do a few laps. It’s a lot of fun, really exhausting and everyone from beginners to advanced will get their money’s worth here. You can either take courses or drive freely over kickers, boxes and slides. Depending on the current Corona guidelines, you can usually rent a grill station on site and let the evening fade away comfortably.
Rent a canoe and enjoy the sun on the island of youth
The Insel der Jugend can be reached via a bridge from Treptower Park. Here you can rent paddle boats in summer or relax in the restaurant on the island. The association kulturALARM e.V. also organizes regular cultural events in the bridge house and on the surrounding area.
Kayak tour through Kreuzkölln
The outdoor season on the Kreuzberg bank of the Landwehr Canal is a highlight every year. On warm evenings, there is nothing better than sitting here by the water, drinking a beer, feeding the swans and listening to the guitar play from the other bank. If that’s not enough for you, you can jump into the kayak and paddle down the canal on a 2-hour tour into the sunset. The starting point for the little trip is the urban harbor.
Take the dinghy over the Landwehr Canal
Why should you only explore Berlin in the countryside when Berlin even has more bridges than Venice (yes, Hamburg has even more, we know) and of course correspondingly many waterways on which we can always (re) explore the city. We have a slightly cheaper alternative up our sleeve for those who do not have the necessary change to rent a boat: take a rubber dinghy over the Landwehr Canal. He has a lot of possibilities to slide into the water with the rubber dinghy. Just grab your loved ones, snacks and drinks, maybe a book or music – and off you go!
Sweat and swim: hop straight from the sauna raft into the Havel
There is a new highlight on the Havel that has captured our cold, wintry hearts: the sauna raft. The raft is made entirely of wood and is even heated with a wood stove, which positively affects the aroma and pleasant heat when using the sauna. The sauna itself has space for four people, and eight people are allowed on the entire raft. As if such a sauna raft wasn’t ingenious enough, you can look out over two windows from the sauna while the raft is either chugging in front of you with a helmsman or anchored.
Water skiing and wakeboarding in Velten
In fact, you don’t have to travel to tropical sandy beaches to go water skiing or wakeboarding again. That is also possible in Wet’n’Wild in Velten in the north of Berlin. Beginners simply take a course.
Pedal boating on the Plötzensee
Called “Plautzensee” in our vernacular, you can stretch out into the sun on a pedal boat on the lake, which is located directly opposite the Rehberge Park, and watch the goings-on in the lido, when it hopefully reopens soon. The day can be ended with a beer at the pedal boat rental and a beautiful sunset.
Stand-up paddling on the Wannsee
Stand-up paddling is perfect for everyone who doesn’t just want to lie around lazily on the beach in summer, but prefer to do sports. At Stand Up Wannsee you can not only paddle in the classic standing position on the paddleboards, but – depending on the offer – also take part in yoga and fitness courses with the board. If you want to cool off directly in the lake after the cobra, the warrior and the cat, the stand-up paddling yoga course is the right choice.
Rent a wooden raft and sail across Lake Templin
Have you always wanted to feel like Huckleberry Finn and not only cruise on a wooden raft, but also – very close to nature – sleep on it? You can do that in Potsdam, for example, on the beautiful Templiner See and the adjacent lake landscape. The boat rental company Huckleberrys Tour offers rafts for day trips and for trips of up to seven nights. A dry toilet, kerosene lamps, gas cooker, cooking and eating utensils for four people, camping heating and LED driving lights can also be booked for this.
Canoeing in the Spreewald
The Spreewald feels a bit like the German floodplain forest on the most beautiful days. So canoeing is pretty idyllic here; Deceleration par excellence. Borrow a boat at one of the numerous rental stations and sail in front of you all day. Simply fantastic!