Discovering Germany in a motorboat


Freedom and self-determination outside the demands of everyday life characterise this sport. Fancy free to discover culture and nature on board your own boat and to develop your own rhythm is the dream of a lifetime of hundreds of thousands of motorboat sport lovers.

This dream can come true on the flybridge of a modern yacht or at the tiller of a small rubber dinghy. Whether on an open sports boat or on a family-friendly cabin cruiser, on a long weekend or on a month-long tour, whether alone or with your family, the opportunities are unlimited. Motorboat sports are as rich in variety as life itself.

Just as rich is the territory for tours offered to sports enthusiasts in Germany. Small and large rivers, canals, lakes, tidal waters or the open sea - everywhere there are friendly club harbours welcoming guests. Many helping hands in the clubs are ready to assist interested travellers with words and deeds as well incredible enthusiasm.

In addition to exciting activities on the water, motorboat sports, as part of a long maritime tradition and future oriented technologies, provide conditions for numerous events, racing competitions, special journals, equipment suppliers and service agencies

The German Motor Yacht Association – head organisation for motorised water sports – has compiled all relevant information on its Internet website Here among others you find all important addresses and contact data: details of all member clubs as well as of all harbours carrying the quality seal – “Qualitätssiegel-maritime!” - plus those of all training facilities and regional associations.

Optimal conditions

Motorsports signify travel, adventure, speed and the discovery of slowness, acceleration and deceleration, associating with like-minded or solitude on the water, bonding with the environment and culture, freedom on the water, seamanship, responsibility, competition, classical yachts and modern technology.

Germany, the land of water sports, provides broad and diversified cruising territory for motorboat sports enthusiasts amidst modern and historically cultural landscapes. Every region has its own charms and demands while taking into account the individual needs and potentials of the sports lovers. Canals, small and large rivers, lakes and reservoirs, tidal waters and the open sea form a largely connected cruising territory.

Families? Yes, of course! A major part the clubs offer sports for young people. Here children from 8 on learn how to handle the tiller and can test their skills in competitions. Travelling with the family, discovering the world and its nature together, this is a formative and enriching experience for parents and children alike. Travelling on the water and sharing seamanship become an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.

Numerous clubs have taster offers on open house days. Specially children and teenagers can experience motor sports for the first time through the campaign “Come aboard kids”. Every club will be glad to inform you about the corresponding dates. A list of all member clubs and corresponding contact data can be downloaded from the Internet page of Deutscher Motoryachtverbandes e.V. or from the Iphone-App “Motorbootsport”.

Opportunities for training and instruction

Solid training is the basic prerequisite also for handling motorboats. For this purpose there is detailed information on the website of the DMYV. Information about a driver’s licence has been compiled on a separate page.

After competent training a long weekend may already be relaxing and exciting short holiday In order to enjoy the excitement of water hiking and travelling you can decide to stay longer on the water. Many clubs and recognised authorised training facilities of the DMYV offer training and instruction regularly.

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.


Verband Deutscher Sportbootschulen e. V.
Birkental 25
67098 Bad Dürkheim, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)6322 956280
Fax: +49 (0)6322 956281


Routing for Houseboats and Motorboats

Start navigating online - our handy "Törnplaner" will help you choose your route. The "Törnplaner" is available in German.

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)