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West meets East Germany tour

‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”

June 03 - 10 / 2023

Departure date: 03 june 2023
Average biking distance per day 25 to 50 KM


After plotting out this trip, we needed a new slogan because Bike & Barge didn’t match this overall theme, so we’ve named it ‘Bike & Culture”, representing its perfect blend of biking and culture!!

Bike & Culture your way from east to western Germany. Cycle along the cultural Transromanica bike route, and tour Brandenburg. Explore the cultural highlights on offer at Magdeburg, Brandenburg and Potsdam. Follow in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps and visit small villages in typical March style. Explore the cradle of the Prussians, and cruise the Midland Canal, the Havel river, and the lakes surrounding Berlin.

West meets East Germany tour | ‘Following in Theodor Fontane’s footsteps”
Departure port: Wolfsburg Destination: Berlin/Spandau Travel time: 8 days Countries: Germany Average biking distance per day: 25 to 50 KM
After plotting out this trip, we needed a new slogan because Bike & Barge didn’t match this overall theme, so we’ve named it ‘Bike & Culture”, representing its perfect blend.
€ 1.740,- p.p.
No more cabins available

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Wolfsburg

Check in: 1:30 PM – Drop off your luggage and cross the canal via the bridge. There, you will find  ‘Autostadt’: the home of Volkswagen. You can explore the museum on your own, and later there will be a 45 min. guided tour through the park.

4 PM - You are welcomed on board, and we will show you your room, offer a welcome drink and introduce the crew. Also we’ll inform you about the tour and the ship, and give you a safety briefing. After your meal, there will be time to take an after-dinner walk through the city of Wolfsburg in the evening, where we will stay overnight.

Day 2 (Sun): Wolfsburg - Calvörde - Magdeburg
Day 3 (Mon): Magdeburg – Burg - Genthin
Day 4 (Tue): Genthin – Brandenburg
Day 5 (Wed): Brandenburg – Werder – Potsdam
Day 6 (Thu): Potsdam extra day
Day 7 (Fri): Potsdam – Berlin Spandau
Day 8 (Sat): Berlin

Your Bike & Culture cruise will include:

  • 7 nights on board Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrobe & slippers.
  • culinary care 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunches and 6 x 3-course dinners
  • coffee, tea and iced water
  • services of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees.
  • all ferry fares en route
  • entrance and guided tour of Volkswagen Autostadt
  • entrance to Sanssouci castle or similar


Your Bike & Culture cruise does not include:

  • 1 x dinner
  • drinks other than those mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities


For your comfort, we rent out electric bikes at € 30 each per day, reservations in advance are advisable.


The general terms and conditions of Merlijn de magie van water B.V. apply to all bookings, offers and agreements. Please find them on our website under ‘Terms & Conditions’.

Merlijn complies the General Data Protection Regulation to protect your privacy. Please find them on our website under ‘Privacy statement’.

We reserve the right to modify schedule and/or program. If (part of) the route is not navigable due to weather conditions and/or other nautical reasons and/or is closed off due to circumstances and/or for safety reasons, the operator and/or the captain has the right to change the schedule. This includes changing the location of departure and/or arrival and temporarily suspending departure. Nautical and/or meteorological reasons are understood to mean, among others, weather conditions, the tide, obstruction of waterways/shipping lanes, and the condition of the ship. Closed off due to circumstances and/or safety reasons are understood to mean, among others, terrorism, diseases, natural disasters. Changes in schedule and/or program do not give the customer the right on free cancellation.


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Nancy/Frouard to Koblenz

October 23 - 30 / 2021
My husband I just enjoyed a great week on board the Merlijn. We traveled along the Saar and Moselle rivers, seeing Germany, Luxembourg and France in a \"golden\" time of the year as the leaves were changing. We biked each day in the beautiful countryside and enjoyed many informative city tours along the way. Coen and Cristina were wonderful hosts, along with their staff. Cristina cooked us a delicious breakfast and 3 course dinner each day, as well as yummy bag lunches as we biked. Ilse was a fantastic bike guide and shared history of the areas we traveled through. The boat is beautifully maintained and this was the trip of a lifetime. We thank you for the great care you gave us and look forward to another trip on the Merlijn!