A holiday on a boat - with a roof over your head

A houseboat is the perfect example for water-borne relaxation surrounded by nature. Individualists can enjoy peace and independence on a houseboat in the middle of beautiful river and lake landscapes. In doing so, the motorised rediscovery of slowness offers highly modern comfort and allows spontaneous anchoring places. Because anyone with a desire to travel is at home anywhere with a houseboat.

Houseboats are also suitable for water sports amateurs.
A trip on a houseboat is particularly suitable for groups and families as an uncomplicated and convenient way of getting away from it all. On many German waterways you can charter houseboats and even use them without a navigation licence if you have a charter permit.

Comfort on board? With pleasure!

There are different types of houseboats. A holiday with several families is great fun on a houseboat offering space for up to 12 people. The boats are available from a classic style through to luxury yachts.

As far as comfort is concerned, there is nothing left to be wished for with lengths of up to 15 metres and widths of up to four metres. Bicycles or a handcart for a trip round the harbour can be easily taken along in addition to your personal luggage. And when it comes to comfort: Houseboats can be chartered fully equipped as you wish.

Whether you would like heating, a shower with hot and cold water, WC or a fully equipped kitchen with fridge and cooker – no need to do deprive yourself of anything on your houseboat holiday.

A wide spectrum of water sports activities in partially almost untouched nature opens up along the Baltic coast from Usedom to Schleswig-Holstein.

Lake Constance is a paradise for all water sports lovers. They will all have the time of their lives here and also be able to enjoy the stunning Alpine scenery.

Unspoilt and pristine nature - (c) TMV

About 5,000 lakes sparkle in the Lake District in the blue paradise of Brandenburg/Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. And because many of the lakes are interconnected by rivers and canals, this extensive scenic splendour makes it Europe?s largest waterway network.

Buggy kiting at the North Sea -

Water sports enthusiasts will find ideal conditions on the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. A surging swell ideal for surfers and diverse landscapes to explore.

The River Elbe and its tributaries are challenging territory due to the partly rather strong current. On the other hand, this furnishes a multitude of water sports options.

The Rhine is one of the longest and most significant rivers in Germany. Its vineyards, its romanticism and the Rhineland lifestyle are well known. After all, a unique culture has developed along its banks and in its valleys over the centuries.

The River Weser originates at Hannoversch-Münden where the Werra and Fulda meet. The River Weser is the only German river that does not flow through any other country. Without its headstreams it is 440 kilometres long and is navigable along its entire length.

Manifold opportunities open up for water sports enthusiasts in the South of Germany: Canoe and boat tours, canyoning and bathing, and even surf and sailing districts are all available on the large lakes and rivers.

Numerous bathing lakes with excellent water quality and a unique lagoon landscape characterise the Spreewald water sports region.

The safe way to a good charter boat

The Vereinigung Deutscher Yacht-Charterunternehmen e.V. (VDC) (Association of German Yacht Chartering Companies) regularly answers questions about boat chartering in an expert blog. No matter whether you need information on preparing a cruise, on territories, life on board or technical and insurance issues. to the VDC-Yacht-Charter-Experten-Blog

Charter permit in Germany

You can explore more than 700 kilometres of German waterways with a charter permit without needing a navigation licence. We have provided all important information and a compact brochure for you to download.

Information system for waterways

The German Federal Waterways and Shipping Authority offers news, water levels and much more valuable information for inland navigation. This includes water levels and information on pleasure boating. Make use of the Electronic Waterways Information Service (ELWIS) when planning a trip. (Information only available in german at the moment)