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Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

1. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

Discover the center of Berlin via its major waterway, the River Spree, on a 2.5-hour boat cruise. See the main sights of the city from the water and feel the heartbeat of the bustling city. Start your roundtrip sightseeing tour on Friedrichstrasse and pass by the Federal Chancellery to reach Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation) and the Victory Column. Enjoy informative audio commentary as you see Berlin Central Station and the Interior Ministry before continuing on to Charlottenburg Palace. From there you will cruise past the Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Hamburger Bahnhof. You will then cruise back to Friedrichstrasse.

Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

2. Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

Discover central Berlin by twilight on a boat cruise along its major waterway, the River Spree. Hop aboard, sit back, relax, and see the main sights of the city from the calm waters in the evening light, feeling the pulse of the bustling city. Start your cruise by Friedrichstraße and pass the Federal Chancellery with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and modern architecture. Make your way to the pristine white building and manicured garden of Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Victory Column and surrounded by the leafy Tiergarten park. See the Berlin Central Station with its green glass structure and the Interior Ministry in Moabit before continuing to the iconic and rococo Charlottenburg Palace. Once a royal summer residence, the palace today is Berlin's largest and most magnificent one. Then, cruise past Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Hamburger Bahnhof. Finally, head back to Friedrichstraße, where your tour ends.

Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

3. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

Explore Berlin and learn about the city’s history and sights via audio commentary, available in several languages. Experience the beauty of the forests, parks, gardens, rivers, and lakes that cover nearly a third of the city. This city has witnessed many groundbreaking historical events. See the corresponding sites, as well as the city's most famous streets and squares, with your ticket for this hop-on hop-off tour. The Classic Route gives you the chance to see all the main sights of the city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the East Side Gallery, to name just a few. Tour stops on the Classic Route: 1. Tauentzienstraße 2. KaDeWe 3. Lützowplatz 4. Kulturforum 5. Potsdamer Platz 6. Gropiusbau 7. Checkpoint Charlie 8. Gendarmenmarkt 9. Neptunbrunnen 10. Alexanderplatz 11. Karl-Marx-Allee 12. East Side Gallery 13. Ostbahnhof 14. Neptunbrunnen 15. Lustgarten 16. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße 17. Brandenburger Tor 18. Reichstag 19. Hauptbahnhof 20. Schloss Bellevue 21. Siegessäule 22. Zoo / Elefantentor 22. Café Kranzler 23. Kurfurstendamm 236

Berlin: 3-Hour Cruise on River Spree from East to West

4. Berlin: 3-Hour Cruise on River Spree from East to West

This city tour along the Spree is the perfect way to feel the pulse of this vibrant city. From Jannowitzbrücke, pass the Frauenhofer Institute, the Spreebogen, see the newly built Ministry of Interiors in the heart of Moabit, the old Bolle-Meierei (dairy farm) and head toward the Reichstag (Parliament Building). Ride right through the government district and past the 'House of World Cultures.' At the Luther Bridge, enjoy perfect views of Bellevue Palace, the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation), and the Victory Column, all of which have borne witness to Berlin’s colorful past. The journey continues past the gigantic new Hauptbahnhof (central station), the fantastically baroque Berlin Cathedral, and Museum Island - the largest museum complex in the world, to Berlin’s oldest residential neighborhood, the Nikolaiviertel, then all the way to Gotzkowsky Bridge in Moabit/Charlottenburg. The journey ends here, from which point you can take the 245 bus to Zoologischer Garten directly from the tour end point, or continue to explore the city by foot.

Berliner Residenz Orchestra Concert in Charlottenburg

5. Berliner Residenz Orchestra Concert in Charlottenburg

Experience the splendor of the Baroque era with a concert by the Berliner Residence Orchestra at the Great Orangery from Charlottenburg Palace. Enjoy a truly unique evening in Berlin. The program primarily features classical masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Berlin Residence Orchestra and its solo singers will perform compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, among others. Works by Frederick the Great himself and his court composers bring the festive musical experience to a close.

Berlin and Sachsenhausen Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

6. Berlin and Sachsenhausen Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

Timed to your arrival in the port of Rostock, your day trip to Berlin begins shortly after your arrival with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with Wi-Fi. Head straight to Berlin to see the vivacious city’s most stunning sights. Tour the government quarter, replete with stately buildings and monuments, like the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Tiergarten, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, and Hitler's bunker.  From there, head south through Potsdamer Platz to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, the former Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, and Checkpoint Charlie. Time permitting, you’ll head up Friedrichstrasse to the classic heart of the German capital, which includes Gendarmenmarkt, one of the city’s most ornate squares, Unter den Linden, downtown Berlin’s central arterial, Museum Island, and the former Royal Palace of Berlin, which is currently being rebuilt.  After lunch, bus to the northern outskirts of Berlin to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial for a 60 to 75-minute visit, led by an expert guide. Learn firsthand of the atrocities carried out under Nazi rule as you tour the well-preserved concentration camp. Afterwards, you’ll be whisked back to your cruise ship, in perfect time for your departure.

Berlin Residence Orchestra: Dinner and Concert

7. Berlin Residence Orchestra: Dinner and Concert

Enjoy an incredible Prussian traditional evening in Berlin with dinner and a concert in the company of the "Berliner Residenz Konzerte." Before the concert, enjoy the Orangery Menu, created on the style of culinary preferences of the Prussian sovereigns, in the Charlottenburg Palace. During the year, guests may enjoy different dishes in accordance with what is seasonal. Dinner is served in the graceful Charlottenburg Palace. After dinner, hear the Berliner Residenz Orchester play beautiful pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Friedrich the Great, Luigi Boccherini, Georg Friedrich Handel, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The ensemble and their soloists wear period costumes and play by candlelight.

From Warnemünde & Rostock: Berlin Full Day Shore Excursion

8. From Warnemünde & Rostock: Berlin Full Day Shore Excursion

This shore excursion is adjusted to each ship’s docking times and starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare - ensuring that you will not miss your cruise ship’s departure.  Meet your host in front of your cruise ship as soon as it docks. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and take a relaxing journey through the picturesque flatlands of East Germany. Arrive in Berlin and meet your professional English-speaking tour guide. Begin the tour in West Berlin at the Charlottenburg Palace. Stretch your legs as your knowledgeable local guide gives you an introduction to the city. Then, drive through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - the Kurfürstendamm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Next, head to East Berlin - visiting the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag - on the way. Stroll through the famous Brandenburg Gate and nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Admire the Tiergarten central park, the Victory Column, a Soviet memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma as well as the Paris Square. Continue on to the site of Hitler’s bunker, through Potsdamer Platz to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall before reaching the former site of the Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. Next is your chance to pass through Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War - and visit the former US sector. After some free time for lunch (not included in the tour price), continue the tour through the former Soviet sector of East Berlin to visit the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Bebelplatz – famous for being the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’. Visit Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter – the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, and Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Time permitting, your tour guide might drive past the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall with its world-famous graffiti – the East Side Gallery or stop in the former Jewish Quarter, which has recently become the fashion and art center of the German capital. At the end of your Berlin tour, say goodbye to your tour guide, and be whisked off in comfort back to your cruise ship.

Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

9. Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

See all of the German capital’s iconic landmarks on this day tour on an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the city’s unique history from your passionate local tour guide on a whirlwind trip which includes the Alexanderplatz TV Tower, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and Museum Island. Your adventure through Berlin’s past and present will begin in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in west Berlin, where your local tour guide will give you a brief introduction to the capital of Germany before you board the bus and head east. First, travel through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - Kurfürstendamm - past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Then, continue east past the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag. At the iconic Brandenburg Gate, get off the bus to stroll through the historic arch and admire the sprawling Tiergarten. See the capital’s majestic Victory Column and a memorial to soviet soldiers. Then, take a moment to reflect at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. After some free time for lunch, journey to the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter: the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, and the Berlin Cathedral. Then, discover Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Continue south to the city’s Mitte district and visit  Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Afterwards, pass through Potsdamer Platz on your way to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. Finish your tour with a poignant visit to the former site of the headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. You can choose to end your tour here and continue to explore the city alone or to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

10. From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and discover Potsdam, the stronghold of the Hohenzollern for almost 300 years. Admire the fascinating cultural landscape, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprised of almost 20 palaces and extensive park grounds surrounding Baroque architecture. See the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and head along Königsstraße to the first park in the cultural landscape of Potsdam: Park Babelsberg. Here you will make your first stop before continuing on across the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburb to the old market square with St. Nicholas’ Church, the old town hall, and the new parliament building, modeled closely on the old city palace. Drive through the Dutch Quarter to Bornstedt Crown Estate, where you can stroll towards Park Sanssouci. The first stop there is at the palace of the same name with its fascinating Baroque garden. Depending on the time and your interests, you can explore further attractions in the park including the Marly Garden of the soldier king, the Church of Peace, and Charlottenhof Palace by Frederick William IV, the New Palace, and the gallery of Frederick the Great. Drive in the VW bus through the Russian colony Alexandrowka and the “Forbidden City”, the European headquarters of the KGB during the Cold War, to the New Garden, where you will find the Marble Palace and Cecilienhof Palace. From the nearby Belvedere on the Pfingstberg you will have a fantastic view of Potsdam and its highlights.

Frequently asked questions about Charlottenburg Palace

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To enter Charlottenburg Palace, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • Arrive Early

    Be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. No excuses with the relaxed opening time of 10:00AM.

  • Choose A Day Pass

    Each building charges separately for admission, so it’s best to buy a day pass to access everything except the Neuer Flügel.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open April to October, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, November to March, 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Closed Mondays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets start at 12EUR and continue upwards depending on house visits, tours and perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    There are some wonderful guided experiences. Certain tours actually show you the palace from the river, by boat.
  • How to get there
    Buses 109, 309 and M45 all stop close by, or take the short walk from the Westend train station.
  • Additional information

    • If you're visiting around Christmas, make sure to check out the market, one of the most beautiful in Berlin!

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What people are saying about Charlottenburg Palace

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6,142 reviews

Everything worked fine, the waitress and other staff were nice and friendly. The bar was open and it worked well. Part of the time the narration sounded good (in Finnish), but it ended prematurely. Very interesting cruise - thanks !!

Really a great trip. Essentially a circuit of Berlin along the rivers and canals. Architecture, history all at an elegant pace.

It is a cruise with good value for money. The audio guide is essential to fully understand the places crossed.

Good service and lots of information from Berlin's history

It was exactly what I wanted on my trip to Berlin!