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The Eastern Comfort

There is no better place to relax in spring and summer, than the top deck of the Eastern Comfort with a cocktail by your side. With the gentle lapping of waves from ships going past, you could almost be sailing on the river yourself. 
In the winter months, guests can warm their frozen feet at the roaring fire in the cosy lounge. The twenty-five cabins are mainly rented out to backpackers, whilst on the middle deck there are eight spacious first-class cabins for those who want more than just a bed for the night. The Eastern Comfort is moored a little further down from the Oberbaum bridge, in Friedrichshain, on the Eastern side of the riverbank. 
Thankfully, the remains of the Berlin wall, which comprise the popular East Side Gallery, act as a buffer against the busy traffic in the Mühlenstraße. Looking eastwards, one’s gaze is immediately caught by the picturesque silhouette of the Oberbaum bridge, which for centuries served as the city’s eastern or ‘top’ entrance. At that time a tree trunk was laid across the river to prevent any ships from snea- king by during the night. This gave the bridge its name – ‘Ober’ meaning ‘Top’ and ‘Baum’ meaning ‘Tree’ – and later, its romantic design. The bridge was severely damaged during the war, but continued to be used as a footbridge, and later as a checkpoint during the Cold War.
It has only been since the controversial proposal to install a steel centre-section to the bridge, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava in 1994, that cars and trains have been able to resume crossings over the river Spree.
A look around the pier (and further west along the river) shows a tangible shift in thinking on the River Spree by the Berlin Building Authorities. The industrial estates and wastelands which used to dominate its banks are visibly starting to give way to smart walkways and promenades. If the weather and the clouds play along, the western horizon puts on a magnificent evening show for the ships’ guests: sunset over the Spree. 




Address: Mühlenstr. 73-77, 10243 Berlin, + 49 (0)30 66763806,
Hours of opening: Tue-Thur 18.00-24.00, Fri 16.00-24.00 Sat+Sun 15.00-24.00, Mon closed
Bus, Tube, Tram: U1, S3, S5, S7, S75 Warschauer Str.; Bus 347 Oberbaumbrücke