Who owns the Spree?
Take a dip in the Spree Canal with a view of Berlin Cathedral? Swimming competitions in the Kupfergraben? The Spree is a federal waterway. How can it be integrated into the city as a living space? What stipulations and restrictions have to be considered?
Protagonists from Berlin, current and potential users discuss with Tim Edler, initiator of the urban development project Flussbad Berlin for the transformation of the inner city Spree Canal into a blue oasis, Lutz Freise, Managing Director of the shipping company Riedel, one of the largest passenger ship companies in Berlin, Nadja Berseck from Panther Ray – a catamaran built from recycled materials which offers artists a floating stage, and Michael Bender, Director of the National Office for Water Affairs of the Grüne Liga e. V. Curated by Barbara Schindler / Flussbad Berlin e.V., moderation: Stefanie Dörre, Editor-in-Chief of the city magazines ZITTY und tip
In addition, a water program from the Choir of World Cultures under the direction of Barbara Morgenstern.
Flussbad Berlin is an urban development project which aims to transform the 1.8 km long inner city Spree Canal between Fischerinsel and the Bode Museum into a publicly accessible, non-commercial recreational site. It plans to establish new riverside paths within a recultivated park landscape, as well as install a plant filter between Gertrauden Bridge and the Foreign Office to provide naturally cleaned water supplying an 840 meter long river swimming pool extending from Schlossplatz to the western tip of Museum Island. Berlin would profit form an additional ecological attraction and a new, blue connection between Alexanderplatz und Friedrichstraße.