Sailing routes Brandenburg (DE)

Sailing in the Brandenburg area

Brandenburg is a great base for a boating holiday in north-east Germany. On the one side you will find bustling and raw Berlin, whose city center can easily be visited by boat. On the other hand, you can find many quiet, nature-rich spots on the river the Havel.

Map of the sailing routes around Brandenburg

Please find the map of our favorite sailing routes in the Brandenburg area below. The routes are divided into weekend, midweek and weekly routes. Click on the icon on the left – next to ‘Bezienswaardigheden en routes’ (places of interest and routes in Dutch) – to select the different routes.

Our favorites:

Potsdam and surrounding area (pink route)

After visiting the palaces in Potsdam, head up the Havel river towards Spandau. You will pass the Olympia Stadium Berlin. Stay on the Havel to discover the beautiful nature in the Uckermärkische Seen National Park. Then cruise along the Müritz and Plauer See lakes. After passing various beautiful villages and towns, you will eventually arrive in the idyllic German town of Havelberg.

Time needed: 2 to 3 weeks
Boating license required: Yes

Berlin Tour (orange route)

From Plaue, sail in the direction of Werder. This island is definitely worth a stop for a walk. Then sail through Potsdam and Spandau to enter the Spree river, which goes in the direction of Berlin. The next morning you’ll sail into bustling Berlin to get a close look at the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor, the Museumsinsel and the TV tower.

Then head towards Müggelsee towards Köpenick. From there, you can take the Teltowkanal to sail towards Potsdam again. Be sure to visit the world-famous Sanssouci castle with its beautiful monument park and the Holländisches Viertel with typical Dutch houses and cozy boutiques, cafes and restaurants. After Brandenburg, famous for its beautiful old buildings, you finally sail back to Plaue.

Time needed: Midweek
Boating license required: Yes

Elbe tour (green, black or red route)

Cross the Breilingsee and sail directly to the Havelsee. From there, the route takes you through the Westhavelland National Park to the city of Havelburg. You then follow the river the Elbe, which will pass through various idyllic villages until you finally end up in the beautiful historic city of Magdeburg. From here, you can sail back to Brandenburg via the Elbe-Havel Canal. This channel ends in the beautiful Wendsee, which is close to Brandenburg.

Time needed: Midweek (green route), week (green and red)
License required: Yes

License free tour

On the Havel River, between the cities of Brandenburg and Havelberg, there is a 100 kilometer long area where you can sail without a license. To sail this route, you do need a temporary Charterschein.

From the marina in Brandenburg, sail towards the center of Rathenow. Rathenow is also known as Optikstadt: it’s the cradle of the optical industry in Germany. You can moor here in front of the Stadtschleuse (city sluice), and then go for a nice walk through the city. The next day, sail towards Sternenpark Westhavelland. This park is known as Germany’s darkest place, offering you a beautiful sky full of stars at night.

From here, sail towards Havelberg and moor in the historic center of the city. Visit the Dom and enjoy a beautiful view of the city. After Havelberg, the journey continues to the Hohenauer See. Moor here to relax and the next day, sail towards the city of the water: Brandenburg. Take a walk in one of the many parks and discover the historic part of the city with its cultural highlights. The next day you cross the beautiful Seenplatte (lake district) to return to the marina in Brandenburg. 

Required time: 5 – 7 days
Boating license required: No

Do you have questions about the sailing routes? Feel free to contact us. You can call us on 0031 512 513 276 or email us at We look forward to planning your ideal route together!

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