The river Spree and Berlin just belong together. The river course crosses the entire city until it enters the river Havel in the Northwest of Berlin.
In the 13th century, the cities Berlin and Cölln were founded on each side of the Spree that formed both a trade route and a natural boundary. In the 18th century, the two cities became permanently one: Berlin. The economic importance of the river persisted. Many channels and waterways were constructed reinforcing commerce. In the 20th century, the Spree should once again separate Berlin: the river in its whole breadth was part of the inner-German border in East Berlin. Many people tried to reach West Germany by swimming across the Spree. Some succeeded; others lost their lives.
Today, the Spree is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. So join us on our one-hour sightseeing trip on the river. The perspective from the boat is incomparable. While the boat takes you through the heart of the city passing a series of historic sites alongside the river, you are invited to sit back and to share your first impressions of the city with your fellow FUBiS students.