About Mecklenburg, Brandenburg and Berlin

Get back to nature in pretty Mecklenburg and Brandenburg

Get back to nature in pretty Mecklenburg and Brandenburg. Abundant waters pepper the states of Mecklenburg and Brandenburg, lacing them with rivers, streams and literally thousands of small and large lakes. Castles perch on the shores of medieval villages, and resorts bustle on Lake Müritz, the largest lake confined within Germany’s borders. Mecklenburg-Brandenburg Boating Vacations usher you into paradise for lovers of Nature.

 

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Map showing where the Mecklenburg & Bradenburg boating region is in Germany

The perfect boating region for...

Nature Lovers

Designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1991, the Spreewald in Brandenburg is a natural for nature lovers! Trails weave through forests, wetlands and meadows, and wildlife thrives! Equally compelling is Müritz National Park in Mecklenburg. It features miles of cycling and trekking trails!

Watersports

The Lakeland district of Mecklenburg is a watery playground dotted with resorts and spas. Watersports vacations are hugely popular! rent a motorboat to go water skiing! Ride a jet ski! Glide on a windsurfer! In Brandenburg, you can enjoy watersports vacations at the resorts of Werder!

History & Heritage

Castle Mirow, Rheinsberg Castle and Sanssouci Castle Park are enchanting! In Neustrelitz, relax in the lush public gardens and admire the stunning Gothic-style Castle Church! And of course your history vacations will include the monuments, edifices and museums of Berlin and Potsdam!

Family

Spend time with the kids at Mecklenburg's Müritz Museum and aquarium. The gardens on the grounds contain a neat bee house where the family can learn about bee keeping! Take the kids on a nature walk in Brandenburg's beautiful Spreewald or to the vivarium in Mecklenburg's Jabel!

Useful information

A bit of background

Berlin is the largest city in the state Brandenburg, and it’s linked via canals to the Oder, Elbe and Rhine rivers as well as the North Sea. A glance at a Brandenburg map indicates that Berlin sits amongst vast tracts of nature reserves. Indeed, fully one third of the state is protected land sprinkled with more than 3,000 lakes, making it well suited for Boating Vacations! Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, once was Prussia’s seat of power. The plethora of Baroque palaces attests to that!

 

Brandenburg’s neighbour, Mecklenburg, is similarly endowed with waterways. The region is often called the Land of a Thousand Lakes! Large and small lakes are everywhere, and dense forests line the hilly shores. Lake Müritz National Park, which hugs the eastern shore of Lake Müritz, boasts nearly 650 kilometres (400 miles) of trekking and cycling paths, and 130 lakes!

Once upon a time, a huge frozen freshwater lake covered the entire state of Mecklenburg. The last Ice Age shaped the land, and as the climate warmed the lake thawed and split into smaller ones. Those then fragmented again. Lake Müritz is the biggest lake left with a present-day surface area of 112 square kilometers (43 square miles). Humans changed the water level of the lake a couple times, raising and lowering it through dams built to power mills in the 1700s.

Cruising in Germany is relatively easy and is suitable for beginners. Traffic can be heavy in certain places, and caution is needed on big lakes if the wind kicks up.

 

Please note that certain areas in Germany require a boating license for safety reasons and you will not be able to cruise these waterways without meeting the license requirements. Please refer to the map for full details. Foreign licenses can be reviewed for validation by German police, please send your license to our sales team so that we can verify they are adequate with the local authorities. Learn more here : https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/sailing.html.

 

Important Notes - Instruction

Please note that all cruises in Mecklenburg/Brandenburg require 3 hours of dedicated instruction. It is required to arrive at the base at 1pm on your departure day to get this instruction. If you already have a valid boating license, you will only be required to get an hour long instruction and you don’t need to be at the base at a certain time.

 

Check our navigation page to see if there are any current cruising restrictions

Locks on the Brandenburg and Mecklenburg waterways are fully automatic and manned or automatic with self-service. There is no charge to use them.

 

Opening hours: Locks open 08:00-20:00 (8:00 p.m.) from May to October and 09:00-16:00 (4:00 p.m.) daily in April.

 

Public holidays: Locks are open on public holidays.

Full-service marinas with all amenities are available. Moorings are plentiful along the german waterways.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Hire of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • Optional vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Download our region guide

We've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

Download our region guide

Interactive map of Mecklenburg, Brandenburg and Berlin

Base pin  = Le Boat base     Point of interest pin  = Point of interest

Great to see...

Must see
Malchow Mill
Also called the City-Island, Malchow has many treasures for you to discover. Downtown, you will find a huge mill, and an old church from the 12th century with an organ museum inside. There's also a pretty flower garden if you're in the mood for a stroll.
Must see
Canoe in Mirow
Mirow is a charming little town with timbered houses. Stop here to see the beautiful, Mirow castle located magnificently on its own island . The church, surrounded by lush countryside, is also a nice place to visit and relax.
Must see
Castle Rheinsburg
Along the bank, surrounded by a lush and green forest, stands the large Castle of Rheinberg. You may visit it, along with its gardens, and museum. Downtown, you will also enjoy seeing the Evangelical Church of Saint-Laurent, built in the thirteenth century.
Must see
Church in Neuestrelitz
Neustrelitz is a large city with many beautiful sights to see, especially downtown. You will enjoy walking along a footpath and seeing the Zierke church which is surrounded by gorgeous green gardens, perfect for a walk. If you stay the night, you could possibly catch a show at the theater.
Must see
Berlin and river at dusk
Berlin is a magnificient city to see. Tour the capital of Germany and experience its wonders, with many treasures and monuments to discover. Take time to visit the museum island and see the beautiful parliament along the canal banks...Bring your camera.
Must see
Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
Reminiscent of the splendour and glory of the Prussian state, Potsdam is packed with prestigious monuments. Take a walk here and discover the expansive Saint-Nicolas church, the colorful and impressive Sansoussi Palace, or the bustiling streets of the historic centre.
Welcome to Plau-Am-See, a peaceful and welcoming little village along the canal. Visit the charming ivy-covered City Hall while leisurely perusing downtown. For a change of scenery, take peaceful walk along the canal bank.
Jabel is a quiet and peaceful village a perfect place for relaxing and taking is easy. Stroll downtown and discover a beautiful, old brick church, and cycle around the canal bank to admire the beautiful scenery.
Stop at Waren for a pleasant walk along the lake's bank, and enjoy it's wonderful landscapes. Downtown, you will find many quaint monuments, like the old timbered houses. You'll also want to see the old water tower and Saint-Mary's church.
Welcome to Robel, a charming and peaceful town located along the large Muritz lake. Take a walk downtown between the colourful timbered houses, and enjoy one of their many fine restaurants.
A beautiful harbor surrounded by forest, Marina-Wolfsbruch is a pretty little place where you will find many hotels and restaurants. If you would like to stretch your legs, there are also hiking paths on the outskirts.
Fustenberg is a city full of history. Here, you can visit a World War 2 memorial and learn about the events that took place in the city decades ago. The protestant church also makes for an interesting visit and there are also great paths for cycling.
Once an old city of fishermen, Himmelpfort is now a famous tourist destination. Take a walk downtown and discover the vestiges of the old abbey. And, if you want to get a little exercise, there are plenty of beautiful cycle paths among the beautiful lakes.
Lychen is located in the middle of a great natural park, a green and welcoming place perfect for relaxation. Come here and see the wonderful scenery and lakes during sunset, or go downtown and discover the beautiful sanatorium, or the Saint-Johannes church.
Templin is a fortified city that you will enjoy visiting. Cross the Berlin gate and take a stroll through the large botanical gardens or wander along the old flowered walls of the city.
Zehdenick is a gathering of several little villages. It is a pretty big town full of heritage that you may appreciate. Take time to take a stroll here and see the old fortified city church in Bergsdorf. Downtown, you may can tour the beautiful, newly-erected city church.
Welcome to Liebenwalde, a beautiful and charming town surrounded by a lush, green forest. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing walk and see the handsome red brick neoclassical church. You can also learn about the local history in the museum
Orianenburg, a beautiful city surrounded by forest, is riddled with history. You can visit the memorial and museum of Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. For fun, you can ride along the local cycling path, or have a rest aside the lake Lehnitz.
Spandau is the fifth district of Berlin. Here, you will find a very dynamic and exciting area, filled with shops and restaurants. This place is particularly known for its former jail, which imprisoned nazis after World War 2.

Werder is a charming riverside town just to the west of Berlin. Its name comes from the old German word for a river island, and even today the town's old quarter is located on an island in the River Havel.

Gottin is a peaceful town. Take a trip downtown and see an intringuing brick church built in the 14th century. Take a walk along the canal bank, and admire the beautiful manors surrounding it.
Welcome to Brandenburg, a dynamic city. It is rare that such a large city would have so many lakes, rivers and canals. Here, you will enjoy visiting the Sainte-Catherine church , and the great cathedral.
Plaue is one of the oldest and most populated places in Germany. Here, you'll find many wonderful monuments to visit, like the magnificient old castle Ehrenburg which is surrounded by nature, or the Sigismundikirche church.
Seven natural reserves surround this city which is located in the biggest nature park in Brandenburg and in the biggest connected wetland within central western Europe.
Island- and cathedral city located in green nature setting where the rivers Havel and Elbe meet. The cathedral is a monument and worth a visit. The water tourism project Blaues Band" offers lots of cultural events, sports and sightseeing.

Route suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

Jabel RETURN via Plau, Warren

Jabel
Malchow
Plau-am-See
Waren
Jabel

12 hr(s) of cruising

78km 0 locks 3 nights

Jabel RETURN via Plau, Warren

The beauty of the Plauer See mesmerises as you travel toward the mediaeval town of Plau, famous for its impressive castle. You’ve discovered the charm of river cruises in Germany! You’re in the midst of a foray into a land of forests and mediaeval villages, of Baroque castles and cosy waterfront restaurants, of parks and lakeside resorts.

12 hr(s) of cruising

78km 0 locks 3 nights

Jabel RETURN via Rheinsberg

Jabel
Malchow
Plau-am-See
Waren
Röbel
Mirow
Marina-Wolfsbruch
Rheinsberg
Jabel

34 hr(s) of cruising

229km 8 locks 7 nights

Jabel RETURN via Rheinsberg

It’s the land of 1,000 lakes, and the reason why is obvious as you follow the connecting waters to savour a delightful blend of culture, history, upscale shopping, fine dining and unparalleled natural beauty. The bustle of lively Waren stands in contrast to laid-back 13th-century Plau, but both represent distinct charms of Germany river cruises.

34 hr(s) of cruising

229km 8 locks 7 nights

Jabel to Marina Wolfsbruch via Rheinsberg & Mirow

Jabel
Waren
Röbel
Mirow
Rheinsberg
Marina Wolfsbruch

20 hr(s) of cruising

85km 4 locks 7 nights

Jabel to Marina Wolfsbruch via Rheinsberg & Mirow

You’ve crossed Lake Müritz and cruised to splendid Rheinsberg. You timed your arrival to coincide with a live evening concert on the grounds of the Baroque castle there, and you look forward to a stroll in the gardens beforehand. Germany river cruises offer a mix of pleasures, like some pampering at the resort amenities of Marina Wolfsbruch at the end of your travels!

20 hr(s) of cruising

85km 4 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch to Jabel

Marina Wolfsbruch
Mirow
Röbel
Waren
Jabel

11 hr(s) of cruising

65km 4 locks 3 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch to Jabel

The waters of Lake Müritz stretch out before you, and grand castles jut from forested slopes. You think you’re in paradise as you guide the boat to the next resort, or as you nose into a new waterfront town with its very own Baroque palace. The big lakes are all part of a river cruise in Germany!

11 hr(s) of cruising

65km 4 locks 3 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Neustrelitz

Marina Wolfsbruch
Neustrelitz
Marina Wolfsbruch

10 hr(s) of cruising

70km 8 locks 3 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Neustrelitz

The water sparkles off the bow and tall trees line the shores. The warm summer breeze carries the scent of wildflowers whilst you travel ever closer to a town that once hosted a grand palace destroyed in 1945. A river cruise in Germany brings you to this historic place with its Castle Church and Château Park, all harking back to a storied past!

10 hr(s) of cruising

70km 8 locks 3 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Rheinsburg, Mirow, Neustrelitz, Lychen, Templin

Marina Wolfsbruch
Rheinsberg
Mirow
Neustrelitz
Furstenberg
Himmelpfort
Lychen
Templin
Marina Wolfsbruch

37 hr(s) of cruising

256km 32 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Rheinsburg, Mirow, Neustrelitz, Lychen, Templin

Palaces and châteaux imbue Brandenburg and Mecklenburg with an ambiance of elegance. The incredible culture and beauty of Germany river cruises is obvious as you stroll in mediaeval market squares and browse in the shops in cities like Mirow and Rheinsberg. Pampering yourself is part of the fun, so you plan to thoroughly enjoy the watersports and resort amenities at Marina Wolfsbruch!

37 hr(s) of cruising

256km 32 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Plau

Marina Wolfsbruch
Rheinsberg
Mirow
Röbel
Waren
Jabel
Malchow
Plau-am-See
Marina Wolfsbruch

31 hr(s) of cruising

215km 8 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Plau

The Brandenburg and Mecklenburg regions are your vacation playgrounds on Germany river cruises you know you won’t forget! The myriad waterways wind through protected nature reserves. You come and play, shouting and laughing with friends whilst enjoying watersports on Lake Müritz and the resort amenities of Marina Wolfsbruch. Then you head off to explore mediaeval towns and castles!

31 hr(s) of cruising

215km 8 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch to Potsdam (Licence required)

Marina Wolfsbruch
Furstenberg
Himmelpfort
Lychen
Templin
Zehdenick
Liebenwalde
Oranienburg
Spandau
Berlin
Potsdam

20 hr(s) of cruising

151km 13 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch to Potsdam (Licence required)

The delights of Mecklenburg — watersports, fishing, cycling and trekking — give way to the urban pleasures of Brandenburg nightclubbing, fine dining and sightseeing in beautiful Berlin and Potsdam. The world is your oyster on Germany river cruises. You’ve planned well, choosing a cruise with a plethora of holiday experiences you and your companions will long remember!

Please note: A licence is required for this cruise. Ask us for more details on how to obtain it.

Notes: The Kannenburg lock has been closed by The local Authorities. Therefore the Templin area cannot be reached via the waterways.

20 hr(s) of cruising

151km 13 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Werder

Potsdam
Werder
Potsdam

4 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 locks 3 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Werder

Set in a landscape of lakes and rivers a return cruise from our base in Potsdam to Werder is the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of this part of the world. When you arrive in Werder you'll find a picturesque and charming town to while away the day. The area is also known for its wine-production, with wine being produced here since the 1300s!

4 hr(s) of cruising

80km 0 locks 3 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Bad Sarrow (Licence required)

Potsdam
Berlin
Potsdam

37 hr(s) of cruising

250km 16 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Bad Sarrow (Licence required)

The Spreewald Nature Reserve covers approximately 480 square miles and has more than 300 canals lacing low marshes that are home to myriad species of wildlife. This is your wondrous playground for a Germany river cruise! It’s not so far from the discos, upscale restaurants, museums and historic sites in the cities, but you feel like it’s a whole world away!

37 hr(s) of cruising

250km 16 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Plaue (Licence required)

Potsdam
Göttin
Brandenburg
Plaue
Potsdam

17 hr(s) of cruising

130km 2 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Plaue (Licence required)

Nearly a third of Brandenburg is designated nature reserves. In fact, 15 protected areas teem with wildlife in marshes and forests, and the region is dotted with more than 3,000 lakes studded with mediaeval castles and towns! You’ve chosen an ideal locale for Brandenburg river cruises in Germany! The former centre of the Duchy of Prussia is endowed with exquisite country charm.

17 hr(s) of cruising

130km 2 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Werbellinsee (Licence required)

Marina Wolfsbruch
Furstenberg
Himmelpfort
Zehdenick
Liebenwalde
Marina Wolfsbruch

42 hr(s) of cruising

238km 34 locks 7 nights

Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN via Werbellinsee (Licence required)

The great Lake Werbellinsee comes from the meltings of the majestic moutains around here for millenia. Cruise along the pretty river Havel and discover a part of Germany's history and patrimony, seeing monuments like famous Joachimsthal village and its hunting lodge made by King Frederick William IV of Prussia ; or beautiful charming villages such as Echhorst. In this preserved area, you will for sure enjoy the quietness of the places - perfect moments for enjoying the sunset over the lake, eating one of the regional dish : the Marane!

42 hr(s) of cruising

238km 34 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Rathenow (Licence required)

Potsdam
Göttin
Brandenburg
Plaue
Rathenow
Havelberg
Potsdam

45 hr(s) of cruising

280km 10 locks 7 nights

Potsdam RETURN via Rathenow (Licence required)

The river Havel is stringing together lakes whilst passing through the states of Mecklenburg, Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt. The hilly countryside is streaked by rivers, lakes, marshes, wetlands and fields. No matter if you are into history, hiking, watersports or if you just want to relax – this is the place to go!

45 hr(s) of cruising

280km 10 locks 7 nights
Added on 22 June 2018

Svetlana Kaminski said

Were very helpful! Nice boat!Kids were happy!
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Caprice
Added on 26 May 2018

Lyn Minchin said

Our questions were quickly answered the invoice system is clearly set out. The staff, the training and the condition of the boat were all 100%
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Vision 3 SL
Added on 14 July 2018

Geraldine Bynoe said

Nice boat, nice area, service pretty good. Good boat, lovely area, great weather.
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Jabel
Royal Mystique A
Added on 19 May 2018

Luis Genes said

serviço bom porém a saída muito demorada. só conseguimos sair após mais de 4 hrs do marcado quando alugamos não nos foi explicado que teríamos que aspirar esgoto de 30/30 hrs
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Crusader
Added on 26 August 2017

Joseph Rosen said

The service is bad, impolite, and arrogant. The process of receiving the boat is too long, exhausting and chaotic. There are not enough people that know English in the LeBoat team. A clever managing is missing. the trip is nice but the service of Leboat is poor.
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Dear Mr RosenMany thanks for providing feedback following your cruise. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and are very sorry that you felt this was not delivered to you. We have shared your feedback with the base team. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. Best Wishes, The Le Boat team
Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Horizon 3
Added on 04 July 2018

Thys Vorster said

In one word: not up to standard! 1) The taxi service that was suppose to pick us up from Tegel airport did not arrive and when I tried to contact the receptionist at the Marina in Wolfsbruch (whose English was well below par); she told me that the driver forgot and we had to arrange our own transport which cost us 50 Euro more than the quote we received from Le Boat and no offer was made to pay us the difference. 2) The welcome we received when arriving at the Marina was non-existing; we felt like aliens arriving from another planet and had to log our luggage all the way to the reception where all the staff were lounging in the deck chairs without anybody offering any assistance. 3) The bikes we ordered were booked out; but at least we received a refund for that. 4) The most pertinent point though is that we did not spend the whole 7 days on the boat, instead we returned the boat after 4 days due to the fact that steering the boat, especially when it comes to mooring, was extremely stressful. It is not as easy as they make it out to be, especially with the small boat we had as the power on the boat is insufficient to effectively steer the boat! The consultant we dealt with in SA gave us the impression that the minimum stay on the boat was 7 days - when we arrived at the Marina, we learnt that you can hire the boat for any period; even less than 7 days.
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Cirrus B
Added on 05 August 2017

Tamás Somlai said

Igen ajánlanám. Jók az akciók, egyszerű a foglalás Szörnyű állapotban volt a hajó technikailag.
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Marina Wolfsbruch - Marina Wolfsbruch
Vision 4 SL
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