Potsdam Neues Palais, Germany - Photo via Flickr: Wolfgang Staudt

The gorgeous gables of Potsdam! This is in the famous Dutch Quarter. Photo via Flickr:ChicagoGeek
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Magdeburg to Berlin

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike in the heart of old Prussia!

This bike and barge tour in Germany highlights the cities and landscapes in the March of Brandenburg. Brandenburg, the north-east German state surrounding the capital Berlin, is an enchanting destination with many towns of character. Once the heartland of Prussia, today it still exudes the royal grandeur of Prussian towns and their agricultural villages. The region's prettiest historical towns, all set amid delightful river and lake scenery, are waiting to be discovered. Age-old settings, ancient walls and majestic moated castles and palaces lead you to the very heart of Brandenburg's past. Aboard the very popular Merlijn, you will wind your way along the Havel River to one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Potsdam and on to Werder, Ketzin and others. Leaving Brandenburg, you will enter another German state, Saxony - Anhalt along the cycle path called the "Tour Brandenburg" into Gethin, "The Pearl along the Canal." There is so much history and culture to be explored with the perfect ending in Magdeburg.

In 2016, this tour can be combined with our Cologne to Magdeburg tour making it a 14 day tour!

In 2017, this tour can be combined with our Bremen to Magdeburg tour making it a 15 day tour and also Berlin to Malchin making it a 23 day tour!

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Where You’ll Stay

On the beautiful Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation, all breakfasts and lunches, and 4 three course dinners
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and ice water
  • Use of a 24-speed hybrid bike, including towel, bike bag, water bottle and universal sized helmet
  • Fees for harbors, bridges, and locks
  • Tour guide
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Welcome drink
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route

What’s Not Included

  • Insurances
  • 2 dinners
  • Organized city tours
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees, excursions
  • Gratuities

Extra Stay

Extra nights recommended in Berlin!

Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Magdeburg to Berlin: May 13, 2017

Berlin to Magdeburg: June 11, 2017

Skill Level

Easy guided boat and bike tour with daily distances ranging from 22 to 31 miles (35 to 50 km)

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Magdeburg to Berlin Map

Day 1: Arrival in Magdeburg
Day 2: Magdeburg - Burg - Genthin
Day 3: Genthin - Brandenburg 
Day 4: Brandenburg - Werder - Potsdam
Day 5: Potsdam - Berlin Spandau
Day 6: Roundtrip Berlin
Day 7: Departure.

*Daily distances range from  22 to 31 miles (35 to 50 km) approximately. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

DAY 1: Arrival in Magdeburg
Check-in and welcome meeting. Following dinner is a walk through the city of Magdeburg. 

DAY 2: Magdeburg - Burg - Genthin
Magdeburg has an important historical heritage as the royal palace of the Emperor Otto the 1st, the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.  Don't forget to visit 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.  Also worth a visit, the Old Market and the Golden Rider Statue - a bronze copy of the first self-support 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. 
After your visit, the bike tour will start to Burg.  Before you leave Magdeburg itself, admire the famous Magdeburg Water Bridge, where the ships on the Elbe-Havel Canal cross. 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. Enjoy long stroll through the old historical center in this "City of Towers".  After your visit to the Burg, you will board the Merlijn and motor along the Elbe-Havel Canal to Genthin.  Genthin's governing mayor calls his town "The Pearl along the Canal". 

DAY 3: Genthin - Brandeburg
Today, you will take your bicycle through two different German federal states: Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg. Just to the north of Genthin you will find Altenplathow, a city along the Romanesque Road.  This well-known Romanesque Road is a popular tourist attraction 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 Genthin-Altenplathow, there is a 12th-century figural gravestone, one of the very limted number of Romanic figural tomb slabs in this district that have been well maintained.  Biking to Brandenburg, you will continue on the cycle path "Tour Brandenburg", which will lead you along the western side of the Havel Lake Plateau. Tonight, you will stroll through the city of Brandburg, the cradel of the March region, and have dinner in one of the many restaurants of the city.  

DAY 4: Brandenburg - Werder - Potsdam
First, you will discover the city of Brandenburg on the Havel River. Don't miss 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-do list. After this visit, you will start the bike tour to Werder. Before you cross the Havel on a ferryboat, you will travel along spacious lowlands and small “märkische” villages with timber-framed buildings. Shortly after the picturesque fishing village of Ketzin, you will approach Paretz where Queen Louise enjoyed her summer resort as well in the local castle as in Paretz Park. The trip continues to Marquardt and the insular city of Werder, the city of blossoming trees, the end of today’s bike tour. Werder is surrounded by innumerable lakes and tributaries of the Havel River. Strolling around Werder will lead you to water almost everywhere. 

From Werder, the next stop is Potsdam, the provincial capital of the Brandenburg province. The boat will be moored within only a short walk from the city center. Tonight you will discover the regional cuisine in one of the many restaurants of the city.

DAY 5: Potsdam - Berlin Spandau
Potsdam is, without any doubt, one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. It'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. 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. Today we will follow the European Cycling Track over the Glienicker bridge, along the Havel River through Berlin’s municipal Grunewald forest and up in Spandau. Spandau is one of the twelve boroughs (Bezirk) of Berlin. It is the fifth and westernmost borough, situated at the confluence of the Havel and Spree rivers. In the evening you will have plenty of time for a nice city stroll through the streets of Spandau. 

DAY 6: Berlin
Today starts with a sailing breakfast to the city of Berlin. In Berlin Mitte, your bicycle tour will start to the Tegeler See and in the surroundings of Berlin. After having completed the sightseeing by bicycle, you will meet the Merlijn again in the heart of Berlin. You also might want to spend your day in Berlin sightseeing this great city.

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, museums and theaters, entertainment and nightlife are as varied and exciting as in this metropolis. After the German reunification, the so-called “Wende”, Berlin developed 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.

DAY 7:Departure
Departure at 9 AM following breakfast.

Please note, 2017 itinerary subject to changes! ​

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Customer Feedback

  • D. Dalebout 3 months ago

    Janine was the ultimate host and an excellent chef. She worked very hard to assure guests were satisfied with the trip.

  • K. Macwilliams 3 months ago

    We had a lovely time. The barge and entire crew were wonderful. We were very disappointed with the bike guide though. She was not at all knowledgeable with her directions and we many times retraced steps on the bike. We feel we could have seen much more but her choices for stops were terrible. We would spend way too much time at a stop when we could have been seeing a lovely park nearby. Her choices for stops were not well planned out and some were just very disappointing. The captain, in our opinion should consider another guide for this trip. There is much to see in this area and easily done so on a bike. The guide was not good with directions and perhaps a bit more planning on her part would have made it a far more enjoyable trip. Berlin and the surrounding ares are beautiful and offer a wealth of history to be seen. We have taken other bike and barge trips and honestly, the guide truly is the person that makes or breaks the trip.

    Boat: Merlijn

    • Jehiel 3 months ago

      Very sorry you hear you were disappointed with the guide. We will pass this information on to our local partner. Thanks again for your feedback!

  • Wanda Short 4 years ago

    We had a terrific time exploring the vibrant city of Berlin, followed by marvelous days biking thru rejuvenated areas of eastern Germany. The Merlijn is a ***** experience of delightful accommodation, excellent dining, gracious hospitality. TripSite provides thorough itinery information and offers rapid replies to questions to prepare for the Bike/Barge experience. It was our second booking and we had a wonderful time.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Carol Vanevenhoven 4 years ago

    Magneburg-Berlin was a truly great bike and boat trip. Kudos to Jantin whose meals were varied, delicious and presented so well. Cabin was roomy and comfortable and service was outstanding. I would like to travel on the Merlijn again in the future and would gladly recommend it.

    Carol Vanevenhoven

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Paul Vanevenhoven 4 years ago

    Magdeburg to Berlin aboard the Merlijn was outstanding. Jantin's meals were "to die for," accomodations comfortable and service superior. Only concern, at times, even with small group, bikers got too spread out making it difficult for those in rear to catch up. Would highly recommend!

    Paul Vanevenhoven

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Lis Cooper & Doug Couch (Portland, OR) 5 years ago

    LOVED the tour! Wonderful opportunity to experience an area we could not visit in earlier times. The barge and crew were outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our traveling companions. 2nd tour with TripSite and both were great!

    Boat: Merlijn

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Merlijn Germany, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Merlijn has 12 luxurious cabins with two comfortable airbeds that can be pushed together or separated, a desk, a wardrobe closet, a hairdryer, and a safe. The lounge is comfortably furnished in a modern style with a restaurant area and lounge near the bar. You can enjoy fresh air, water, and nature in all weather on the sun deck. The entire ship is climate controlled and you can adjust the temperature in your own cabin.