Are you thinking about trying something different in Berlin? Why not going on a boat trip?
While visiting Berlin, there is much more to do and see than just the city itself. There are various companies which offer boat tours, and we decided to try one of the cruises to Potsdam. The tickets can be bought both online and on the dock, but we booked them online to make sure we will get in and also to avoid waiting in the queue. We bought a one-way ticket to Potsdam which cost 17 euros per person, but it is possible to buy a roundtrip ticket and go back to Berlin by boat as well.
With tickets on the phone, we set off one beautiful August morning towards the Alt-Tegel See. The boat is sailing daily during the main season, and our ship was leaving at 10:20 a.m. To get to Potsdam took about three hours. The boat stopped a few times during its journey to get more travellers on board, but the best seats were already taken, and some of the people had to sit downstairs.
We were travelling on Moby Dick, a distinct boat which stands out because of its appearance. It offered an onboard restaurant with various refreshments and meals with reasonable prices and attendant service. As I have already mentioned, it was a sunny day, and so we allowed to enjoy many wonderful views. As many people were getting in and out of the boat, we arrived in Potsdam with about twenty minutes delay. We got off on the stop Lange Brucke near the Potsdam train station and from there continued by foot.
There is a lot to see in Potsdam, and I really recommend making enough time to see it all and not rush through the city by the speed of light. It is a beautiful city you would be regretting not having enough time.
We started our tour by going to the Alter Markt and visiting the St. Nicholas Church. From there we continued towards the Potsdam Brandenburg Gate. We bought an ice-cream there and feeling refreshed resumed to the Sanssouci Park which surrounds the Sanssouci Palace. The park was large and full of many colorful flowers, trees, and greenhouses and there were many spectacular buildings to admire.
After visiting the Sanssouci Palace, we were strolling around the park, curious about what else will appear in front of us. Finally, we came to the beautiful building of the University of Potsdam, and from there, it was only about ten minutes to the Sanssouci Bahnhof from which we took a train back to Berlin.
What a wonderful, yet exhausting, day!
Do you have any other tips on what to do in Berlin? Let me know in the comments 🙂