Berlin to Wolfsburg
Germany Bike + Barge Tours
Another glorious bike and boat tour in Germany
This bike and barge tour in Germany begins in the exciting city of Berlin. This city is known as one of the most fascinating capitals in the world. There is no other place where art and culture, museums and theaters, entertainment and nightlife are as varied and exciting as in this metropolis on the Spree River. After the German reunification, the so-called “Wende”, Berlin developed into a lively, fast, exuberant and cosmopolitan city within only a few years.
Highlights of this tour include the cities of Potsdam, Brandenburg, Spandau, Magdeburg and Wolfsburg.
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2019: £ 1269 $ 2,556 € 1480 $ 2250 NOK 14060 kr 12978 $ 1,687
2020: £ 1307 $ 2,634 € 1525 $ 2318 NOK 14488 kr 13373 $ 1,739
Single supplement: On request.
2019 electric or tandem bicycle rental (per day): £ 21 $ 43 € 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29
2020 electric or tandem bicycle rental (per day): £ 26 $ 52 € 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Closest international airports to your tour start and tour end are located in Berlin. Most major international transoceanic flights arrive to Berlin Tegel (TXL). Inter European flights generally land at Berlin Schonefeld (SXF). Both airports are well connected to the city center by public transportation, taxi, and transfer services.
Tegel Airport is very well integrated in Berlin’s local transport network thanks to various buses and express buses operated by BVG (Berlin Transport Services). The airport is in Zone B. Bus stops are located right outside Terminal A and B. Please use TXL JetExpressBus and get off at the first stop S+U Alexanderplatz. From Alexanderplatz, take a train to Berlin Spandau. Total trip time is around 20 minutes.
Schönefeld Airport has a train station, which allows very good connections (regional and S-Bahn) to the center of Berlin and the surrounding area. Numerous bus connections complete the range of passenger transport. The airport is located in Tarifbereich C. From the train station, a covered path leads directly to the airport in just five minutes.
Please check local conditions prior to arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com.
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the beautiful, comfort plus boat, the Merlijn
- On board accommodations for 7 nights
- Welcome drink
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 three course dinners
- 24 speed hybrid bicycle including bike bag, water bottle, and helmet
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and ice water on board
- Tour guide
- Daily cabin cleaning service
- Route information
- Ferry fares en route
What’s Not Included
Day 1: Arrival in Berlin, check-in on board at 4PM.
Day 2: Berlin Spandau - Potsdam
Day 3: Potsdam
Day 4: Potsdam – Werder – Brandenburg
Day 5: Brandenburg – Genthin
Day 6: Genthin - Burg – Magdeburg
Day 7: Magdeburg – Wolfsburg
Day 8: Wolfsburg
*All distances are approximate. Average daily distances are between 22 and 34 mi. (35 and 55 km).
Day 1: Arrival in Berlin
Berlin is the most exciting of all German cities and one of the most fascinating capitals in the world. There is no other place where art and culture, musems and theaters, entertainment and nightlife are as varied and exciting as in this metropolis on the Spree River. After the German reunification, the so-called "Wende", Berlin devloped into a lively, fast, exuberant and cosmopolitan city in only a few years. Discover Berlin yourself and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche), the Holocaust Memorial, the famous Brandenburg Gate, the beautiful avenue Unter den Linden, the Friedrichstraße, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie or one of the numerous museums. There are so many things to see and discover.
After check-in at 4 p.m, your program will start with a welcome drink, the introduction of our crew and information on our boat, the trip and our bicycles. Followed by dinner and a stroll around town. The Merlijn will be docked in Berlin-Spandau.
Day 2: Berlin Spandau – Potsdam
Today you follow the European Cycling Track through Berlin’s municipal Grunewald forest and along the Havel River, over the Glienicker bridge, and up to Potsdam, the provincial capital of the Brandenburg province. This town is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. Potsdam’s best known attraction is Sanssouci Castle. In addition to this former summer residence of Friedrich the Great with its famous Sanssouci Park, there are many other interesting attractions that are certainly worth a visit. The historical city quarters, the Russian colony Alexandrowka, the Dutch Quarter and the former Bohemian Weaver Quarters exude the atmosphere of a city heavily influenced by Europe. The boat will be moored only a short walk from the city center. Tonight, at your own expense, you have the opportunity to discover the regional cuisine in one of the many restaurants of the city.
Day 3: Potsdam
Monday morning we will start biking from Spandau to the city of Potsdam, passing historic sites, as there are so many here, such as the Glienicker bridge and the House at the Wannsee. Potsdam is the provincial capital of the Brandenburg province. This town is without any doubt one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. Potsdam’s best-known attraction is Sanssouci Castle. In addition to this former summer residence of Friedrich the Great with its famous Sanssouci Park there are many other interesting attractions that are certainly worth a visit. The historical city quarters, the Russian colony Alexandrowka, the Dutch Quarter and the former Bohemian Weaver Quarters exude the atmosphere of a city heavily influenced by Europe. Your floating hotel will be moored within a short walk from the city centre. We will stay here two nights, so you have enough time to visit the important sites. Tuesday night in Potsdam you have the opportunity - at your own expense - to discover the regional cuisine in one of the many restaurants of the city.
Day 4: Potsdam – Werder – Brandenburg
During breakfast, continue our trip to the insular city of Werder, the city of blossoming trees, the starting point of our bicycle tour. Werder is surrounded by innumerable lakes and tributaries of the Havel River. Strolling around Werder will lead you to water almost everywhere. It will not take long before you reach the Schwielowsee, Glindowsee, Big Plessower See, and Zernsee as well as the Havel River itself.
Absolutely unique is the heritage protected silhouette of the historical city center. From Werder we continue our trip to Marquardt and Paretz, where Queen Louise enjoyed her summer resort in the local castle and in Paretz Park. Shortly after Paretz Park we will approach the picturesque fishing village of Ketzin. After having crossed the Havel on a ferryboat, we will travel along spacious lowlands and small “märkische” villages (villages in the typical March style) with timber-framed buildings to the cradle of the March region: the city of Brandenburg on the Havel River. Here we find three very special city cores: the historical old city centre, the new city centre and Dome Island, where the Merlijn will be moored. Well worth seeing in Brandenburg are the St. Nicolai Church, one of the oldest witnesses of the art of brick building in the Brandenburg district, the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the most important building of the city, where the first diocese east of the Elbe was founded, the old town hall, an outstanding example of late Gothic brick architecture from the middle of the 15th century, and the beautiful local brick tower, the Steintorturm. This defense tower, which is 32.5 meters tall, is the only one of the four defense towers in Brandenburg that is open to public visitors. The impressive panorama from the roof over the entire historical city center should definitely be on anyone’s “to-visit” list. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner in one of the restaurants of Brandenburg.
Day 5: Brandenburg – Genthin
Today you will take your bicycle through two different German federal states: Brandenburg and the last state included in this trip, Saxony-Anhalt. Departing from Brandenburg you will drive along the cycle path “Tour Brandenburg“, which will lead you along the western side of the Havel Lake Plateau. Here the Merlijn will take the northern route along the Silocanal and the lower Havel Waterway up to the Elbe-Havel Canal. Your bicycle tour will take you through endless forests with numerous “green” views. Your ride will finish in the town of Genthin. Genthin’s governing mayor calls his town “The Pearl along the Canal“, a nice, friendly, and quiet town with a small historical city center. Just to the north of Genthin you will find Altenplathow, a city along the Romanesque Road. This well-known Romanesque Road is a popular touristic road which runs through all of Saxony-Anhalt. It is part of the cultural route Transromanica, which runs through Germany (the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia), Italy (the provinces of Modena, Parma and Ferrara), Austria (the state of Carinthia) and Slovenia. In 2006 the Transromanica received the “European Cultural Road” award from the Council of Europe. In Genthin-Altenplathow there is a 12th -century figural gravestone, one of the very limited number of Romanic figural tomb slabs in this district that have been well maintained.
Day 6: Genthin - Burg - Magdeburg
After breakfast the Merlijn will gently float along the Elbe-Havel Canal to Burg, where you hop back on the bike. In the city center of Burg there are 1055 years of history to be admired. The churches along the Romanesque Road, such as the Lower Church St. Nicolai (12th century) and the Upper Church “Unser Lieber Frauen” (13th century) will catch your eye from afar. Definitely worth the time is a long stroll through the old historical center in this “City of Towers”. You will bike to Magdeburg, our final destination. One of the very important sites close to Magdeburg itself, is the famous Magdeburg Water Bridge, where the ships on the Elbe-Havel Canal cross the Elbe on a navigable aqueduct. Magdeburg is the capital of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and was documented as early as 805. The city is well known because of its important historical heritage as the royal palace of the Emperor Otto the 1st, the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire crowned in 962. Enjoy this city in our modern time and visit all the different attractions: the Magdeburg Cathedral, the first cathedral designed and built in the Gothic architectural style on German ground and one of the largest churches in Germany, the Old Market and the Golden Rider Statue, a bronze copy of the first self-supporting statue of a rider north of the Alps, which can be found right in the heart of the city center. It was created in the year 1240 and presumably portrays the Emperor Otto I. There are so many sights to visit like the old City Hall, the Green Citadel, and the Hundertwasserhaus. Our mooring spot will be either on the Elbe river in the city center of Magdeburg, or at the Canal, close to the Water crossing Aqueduct. This will depend on the water level of the Elbe river.
Day 7: Magdeburg – Wolfsburg
During breakfast the Merlijn will take us to Calvörde where the bike tour will start. When you arrive at Wolfsburg you will be offered a tour through the VW Autostadt. which will take about 45 minutes. After that you can visit more sites in the Autostadt at your own pace. Overnight will be in Wolfsburg. Tonight we'll have our farewell dinner.
Day 8: Wolfsburg
After breakfast, your tour will come to an end. The Merlijn will be docked very close to the Railway Station.
Berlin to Wolfsburg Boats + Barges
Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Deluxe Class Boat "The Divine Miss M" as we lovingly call the Merlijn is a diva, for sure. What can we say? Is it the luxurious cabins with most comfortable beds you have ever slept in? Is it the lovely dining area with the large windows and skylight that let the air, light, and sun pour in? Or perhaps it is the sun deck, where you can relax with newfound friends, sharing good wine and good conversation. We think you will find it is the entire divine package! Step onboard and discover for yourself!