Detailed information on Berlin’s water routes: locks, service stations, docking and much more



Around 1820, shipping traffic in downtown Berlin was hardly manageable. At times, ships had to wait up to eight days at the city lock (today: Mühlendamm lock). The "Landwehrgraben" was equipped with two locks, the upper and the lower lock (Unterschleuse). The new lower lock, completed in 1941, was repaired and automated in winter 2003.

  • Length: 60 m - drop height: 1.35 m

  • Telephone: 030/3125233

  • VHF channel: 81

The "Schleuse Charlottenburg" located in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf connects the different water levels of the city center with the lower water level of the lower reaches of the Spree up to its confluence with the Havel and the Havel lake area.

  • Length: 115 m - drop height: 1.23 m

  • Phone: 030 / 34357116

  • VHF channel: 82

Probably the most striking structure on the Berlin-Brandenburg Teltow Canal is the monumental Kleinmachnow lock. The building, which was completed in 1906 is a sight due to its architectural design.

  • Length: North: 82 m Middle: 65 m South: 67 m - Fall height: 2.86 m

  • Telephone: 033203/57728

  • VHF channel: 18

The Neukölln lock and the Neukölln connecting canal are administered by the City of Berlin. It was converted to self-service in 2001.

  • Length: 67 m

  • Fall height: 0.5 m

As early as 1859, the Plötzensee floodgate enabled a convenient connection between the Spree and Havel in the direction of the Finow Canal.

  • Length: 67.20 m - Fall height: 0.7 m

  • Telephone: 030 / 34560792

  • VHF channel: 22

The Schönwalde lock is located in the Havel Canal in the state of Brandenburg and connects the Lower Havel Waterway with the Upper Havel Waterway. It was completed in 1952.

  • Length: 82.2 m - drop height: 2.25 m

  • Phone: 03322/3616

The Wernsdorf lock, built in 1891, connects the Spree with the Oder via the Oder-Spree Canal, which was completed in 1890 and is one of four locks that have to be overcome on this route.

  • Length: North: 115 m; South: 65 m - height of fall: 4.51 m

  • Telephone: 03362/820225

  • FM channel: 62

The Woltersdorf lock connects the Spree with the Rüdersdorfer waters. Smaller boats can also overcome the lock with the help of a boat tow with boat carts.

  • Length: 65.36 m - drop height: 2.1 m

  • Telephone: 03362 / 503347

  • VHF channel: 79

Up until the end of the 19th century, all shipping traffic to the center of Berlin was directed through this lock, which is located in the Spree Canal (also known as the Kupfergraben). The first single-chamber lock was built here in 1894. Today's lock is a new building that was built between 1936 and 1942 as a double chamber for 1000-ton ships.

  • Length: 136 m - drop height: 1.51 m

  • Telephone: 030 / 2424695

  • VHF channel: 20

The Oberschleuse is used to enter the Landwehr Canal in the Berlin-Kreuzberg district and was originally built to relieve the lock at the Kupfergraben. The tour through the canal is highly recommended, as the Landwehr Canal is probably one of the most beautiful Berlin waterways.

  • Length: 66.60 m - drop height: 0.23 m

  • Telephone: 030/6123292

  • VHF channel: 78


The Borsig Harbor is an industrial port located on Lake Tegel, which is used by Borsig GmbH and MAN Diesel & Turbo SE to ship cooling systems, turbines and compressors to international customers. The use as a marina, which was planned in the meantime, was given up again in favor of the use as a heavy-load port. In 1947 the equestrian statue "The Great Elector", which was brought to safety in 1943 before the war, sank here. It was recovered in 1949 and today stands in front of Charlottenburg Palace.

The East Harbor is a former industrial port on the Spree, which was built according to a design by Friedrich Krause and put into operation in 1913. During the Second World War, the Wehrmacht used the port as a trading center. At the end of the war, the port was largely destroyed and was occupied by the Red Army. During the Cold War, its use was restricted by the border location between East and West Berlin. The port retained its importance as a freight transshipment point until around 1990.

The funnel-shaped port is located north of the "Spreebogen" and connects the Spree with the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal. It is located in the immediate vicinity of Berlin Central Station and is crossed in the middle by its tram route.

The pedestrian zone is not far from the "Tegeler Hafen", accessible via the Greenwich promenade. The friendly waitresses of the numerous cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars await you here. There are many shopping opportunities near the port, everything from a small supermarket to a shopping mall.

The Tempelhof Harbor is an inland port on the Teltow Canal. The port facility with warehouse and cranes dates from 1901 to 1908 and is a listed building as a whole. The port made a significant contribution to Tempelhof's economic upswing and, with its huge storage building, was the most important goods transshipment point for the Tempelhof-Ost industrial area. The port has berths for pleasure craft. Shops are in the immediate vicinity.

The West Harbor is the largest inland port in Berlin, through which a considerable part of the freight traffic is handled.


In Spandau the Spree flows into the Havel. There is a nice place to dock above the "Charlottenbrücke". The Spandau Citadel is located near the pier - a fortification from the 16th century. You will also find the Spandau lock and the old town with its various shops and historic buildings.

The berth is between the locks in Charlottenburg and Berlin-Mitte on the Spree-Oder-Wasserstraße (SOW). There is not much space there - three larger pleasure craft fill the space completely. In the immediate vicinity there is a lot that a visitor's heart can enjoy. Public transport U-Bahnhof "Turmstraße" and "Hansaplatz", bus and taxi stops are also nearby.

The "Charlottenburg" jetty is located directly at Charlottenburg Palace. From here you can reach the palace gardens and Charlottenburg Palace, which you should definitely visit. In front of the castle is the orangery, where you can stop for coffee and cake. We also recommend a visit to Gasthaus Lemke, where the beer is still brewed. Supermarkets, cafes and restaurants are within walking distance and there is a public transport connection (bus).

The quiet but also small "Erkner" jetty is located between the "Dämeritzsee" and "Flakensee". If it is occupied, you can also use the city administration's free daily berths directly opposite. Supermarkets and smaller shops are within walking distance. From here, you can quickly take the S-Bahn to downtown Berlin.

The recreational boat "Brücke Insel der Jugend" is located in "Treptower Park". There are no shops nearby, but there is a gas station nearby. You will find various small restaurants and a beer garden. Especially on the weekends, you can expect a lot of noise, as parties are also held on the island of youth.

The Roßstrasse Bridge (built 1899-1901) is one of the three oldest bridges over the Spree. To the southeast, a narrow staircase leads down to the Märkischer Ufer. There you will find the Ermelerhaus, newly built in 1969, as well as other historically valuable houses on the old Friedrichsgracht. To the west of the Grünstraßenbrücke are the underground stations and you can quickly reach destinations for sightseeing - in all directions.

The Schiffbauerdamm is located on the right bank of the Spree between "Weidendammer Bridge" and "Reinhardstrasse". There were shipbuilding companies living there. At times warships were still launched there. But that was a long time ago. Along the Schiffbauerdamm you find various restaurants. The location on the water is attractive - especially when the sun is shining.

Quiet and with green surroundings, right next to the Schmöckwitzer Bridge, this berth is definitely a place to linger. In approx. 1 km there is a supermarket on the main street "Adlergestell". There is also a petrol station there. On the opposite bank of the "Dahme", you can dispose of your rubbish at the "Yellow Wave" for a fee. The Grünau and Köpenik S-Bahn stops can be reached by tram. From the bridge you have a wonderful panoramic view of four lakes: the "Lange See", the "Große Krampe", the "Seddinsee" and the "Zeuthener See". A piece of earth where it is worthwhile to stay longer.

The pier is surrounded by the "Böcklerpark". Here you will find the quiet reader, the busy musician, couples in love, practice rooms for cultural projects and barbecue areas. If you want to settle down there on a summer evening, then you are most welcome and invited. Invited to get to know Berlin from its very special side. At the restaurant ship VAN LOON at the "Baerwald Bridge" you can get fresh water and hand in your rubbish. Recognizable by the "yellow wave".

A quiet corner of Berlin, close to Görlitzer Park with its beautiful green spaces. Those who want to go shopping are not far from a shop in Kreuzberg. The Görlitzer Bahnhof is now a party center.

The "Urbanhafen" was created in the 1890s and is an inland port in the Kreuzberg district. Today the port has been reduced to a small basin and no longer fulfills a port function. The area, which was drained as early as the 17th century, was then still called "Urlake" or "Erlenlake", from which the current name is derived. Even before its completion, the port's capacities were no longer sufficient to cover logistical needs.


This commercial jetty is at the tip of the "Fischerinsel". Many Berlin party boats start here.

This commercial jetty is right in front of the "Pirates" bar on the north side of the Oberbaum bridge. Many Berlin party boats start here.


Home-style cooking with German specialties from north to south, homemade cakes and smoked fish await the guests on the "Klipper", a sailor converted into a restaurant ship that used to supply the Frisian islands with perishable food. The two-master has been moored on the banks of the Spree between Plänterwald and Treptower Park since 2001 and serves as a restaurant ship. The "Klipper" offers space for 60 people and is ideal for events. Sport boats can even moor directly on the ship

If you want to spend the night in Berlin and experience something special at the same time, the hostel boat "Eastern Comfort" is the right place for you. From the 1st class single-bed cabin to the 2nd class four-bed cabin, 3rd class six-bed cabin or simply the tent on the upper deck, the "Eastern Comfort" offers luxury or pure experience, as you wish. All cabins have a shower and toilet. Shops are in walking distance.

Frank Cotte built the restaurant ship "Spree-Arche" himself and anchored it on the Müggelheim side of the Spree. The restaurant ship offers a large sun terrace on the upper deck and 12 seats inside. There is also room for 20 people on the lower deck. Rustic dishes from the lakes of Berlin and the surrounding area are served on the "Spree-Arche".

"Van Loon", specially designed and built for this purpose, is anchored in Urban Harbor. Three different inner decks and a large sun deck, lounge area with floor-to-ceiling windows in the bow of the ship, coffee specialties, cocktails and German-Mediterranean dishes promise a culinary experience with a wonderful view of the water.

  • Year of construction: 2011

  • Space for 80 people

Gas station

Marina Lanke is a large marina with additional guest berths, a gas station and a fecal pump station.

  • Fuels: Diesel, Super, Normal, Mixture

  • Telephone: 030/3620090, 01729354354 Email: info@marina-lanke.de

The Märkische Bunker- und Service GmbH is a local gas station.

  • Fuel: diesel

  • Telephone: 030 / 2923453, 01717407093

  • Diesel fuel, Shell lubricants and ship accessories

  • Telephone: 030 / 3315017

Knobelsdorffstr. 17
14059 Berlin

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Daily 10:00 - 19:00

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