Houseboat Charter - Happy family on a river cruise

Houseboat Rental

Spend relaxed holidays on lakes and rivers with your family or friends
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Lately it has become increasingly popular to rent a houseboat and spend a lovely vacation sailing down rivers or across lake districts. Cruising on a river boat can have a very charming, quaint feel to it, on the other hand the boats are all equipped with very modern gear and in great condition. So you just need to sail along and enjoy the view. Here we have compiled some more information about this great type of boating vacation.

Atlantic 37
€ 1488
Atlantic 37 Anita

Zadar

MotoryachtBareboat1991
2Cabins 6 + 2Berths 2Toilets 11.4 mLength
Renal 36
€ 1157
Renal 36 Drait 104 (6 Pers)

Brandenburg an der Havel

MotoryachtBareboat2010
3Cabins 6Berths 1Toilets 11 mLength
Sloep Cabin 750
€ 476
Sloep Cabin 750 Drait 151 (2 Pers)

Drachten

MotoryachtBareboat2012
1Cabins 2Berths 1Toilets 7.5 mLength
Sloep Cabin 750
€ 476
Sloep Cabin 750 Drait 153 (2 Pers)

Drachten

MotoryachtBareboat2015
1Cabins 2Berths 1Toilets 7.5 mLength
Renal 50
€ 1681
Renal 50 Drait 22 (12 Pers)

Brandenburg an der Havel

MotoryachtBareboat1998
5Cabins 12Berths 2Toilets 14.95 mLength
Advantage 42
€ 1562
Advantage 42 Drait 80 (6 Pers)

Brandenburg an der Havel

MotoryachtBareboat2008
3Cabins 6Berths 2Toilets 12.8 mLength
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Reline 1260 Limited Edition
€ 897
Reline 1260 Limited Edition Evolution (4 Pers)

Drachten

MotoryachtBareboat2007
2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 12.6 mLength
Galeon 305 Open
€ 3000
Galeon 305 Open Federika

Majorca / Palma de Mallorca

MotoryachtBareboat2017
1Cabins 2 + 2Berths 1Toilets 10.4 mLength
Vacance 1200
€ 996
Vacance 1200 Helios (4+2 Pers)

Drachten

MotoryachtBareboat2002
2Cabins 4Berths 2Toilets 12 mLength
Leader 33
€ 2940
Leader 33 Il Sogno

Sibenik

MotoryachtBareboat2020
2Cabins 4Berths 10.56 mLength
Benetti 72
€ 20000
Benetti 72 La chicca

Naples

MotoryachtCrewed boat1998
4Cabins 8Berths 21.68 mLength
Delphia 800 Escape
€ 909
Delphia 800 Escape Lilly 1

Hennigsdorf

MotoryachtBareboat2014
2Cabins 4 + 2Berths 1Toilets 8 mLength

What are the incentives for houseboat charter?

Rivers, canals and lakes have nearly no tides, so they are perfect even for unexperienced sailors. Usually there are plenty of safe harbours to moor up in and it is so easy to go sightseeing on a river cruise – you are almost doing it from the water.

Houseboats are usually easy to manoeuvre with 2 people, most of them have a bow and a stern thruster, so you can turn comfortably in tight spots. On some of the rivers, there is not much commercial traffic at all, like for instance on the Mosel and Saar. There, from Dillingen until Saarbrücken you have the water to yourself and can enjoy the peace and quiet.
  

Which are the best charter destinations for houseboat rental?

Germany has great areas for cruising with a canal boat barge or houseboat. The lake district around Berlin is called the Havel land. It contains the German capital as well as the capital of the surrounding federal district of Brandenburg, Potsdam, and the ports of Fürstenberg and Werder, amongst others.

To the North of the Havel land you encounter the lake district of Mecklenburg. There are numerous beautiful lakes and many of them are interconnected via canals and rivers. Good harbours for houseboat rental in this region are Marienwerder and Waren/Müritz. For longer charter itineraries and one-way trips you could combine those two lake districts with the coastal region of the Baltic Sea and its charming islands.

Further to the south of Germany there are even more scenic river routes to explore. Just picture yourself cruising alongside vineyards and castles on the rivers of Mosel and Saar. This is a particularly interesting region as it is cornered by three countries – Germany, Luxemburg and France – and possesses a very unique culture and ambience. A good starting point for houseboat charter there would be the port of Merzig, for example.

The Netherlands are also an ideal destination if you want to hire a houseboat. The Ijsselmeer and its port Lemmer are connected with a network of canals, for instance in the province Zeeland containing the harbour of Kortgene and others.
 
For another peaceful charter experience head to the Masurian Lakes in Northeast Poland, a district that offers very good infrastructure for boating.
 

How much experience do I need to sail a houseboat?

River barges are usually easy to steer and manoeuvre, so it is a good introduction for new or unexperienced sailors. In some inland regions of Germany, for example, you do not require a license. Some charter agencies offer short introductory courses where you can learn the basic navigation and the rules of the road. In addition to that you will receive extensive maps and navigating on rivers is not much different to driving on the road – if you get lost you just turn around.
 

What activities can I combine with a houseboat holiday?

If you like water sports, why not cruise a boat along calm rivers and lakes where you could go swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling and kayaking? A houseboat charter is also a wonderful occasion to go fishing as you find the best spots from the water.

As you are so close to so many cities while you cruise along, you can do a lot of sightseeing on a houseboat rental. Just pick your choice of cultural activities and must-sees and off you go. In general though, a houseboat vacation is very relaxing and navigating is easy. This gives you the perfect opportunity to read a book and relax as you watch the world go by.
 
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