Houseboat Charter - Happy family on a river cruise

Houseboat Rental

Spend relaxed holidays on lakes and rivers with your family or friends

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.

Stealth 50
€ 13300
Stealth 50 STEALTH

Ibiza / Eivissa

MotoryachtCrewed boat2016
2Cabins 4Berths 2Toilets 15.5 mLength
Pedro Skiron Typ 3
€ 910
Pedro Skiron Typ 3 Stella

Müritz / Waren

2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 10.6 mLength
Adriana 44
€ 1400
Adriana 44 Stone Haven


3Cabins 6 + 1Berths 2Toilets 13.5 mLength
Aqua Royal 780c
€ 620
Aqua Royal 780c Struppi

Müritz / Waren

1Cabins 2Berths 1Toilets 7.8 mLength
Pedro Kreuzer 32 AK
€ 990
Pedro Kreuzer 32 AK Sturmvogel


1Cabins 2Berths 1Toilets 10 mLength
Bavaria 35 Sport
€ 3250
Bavaria 35 Sport Sun Dancer


3Cabins 6 + 2Berths 10.85 mLength
Bavaria Sport 40 HT
€ 4380
Bavaria Sport 40 HT Sun Dreamer


2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 12.21 mLength
Bavaria 32 Sport
€ 2850
Bavaria 32 Sport Sunny Way


2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 10.3 mLength
Bavaria 29 Sport
€ 2500
Bavaria 29 Sport Sunset


2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 8.95 mLength
Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly
€ 5880
Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly Sunshine


3Cabins 6Berths 2Toilets 13.6 mLength
Drachtster Sloep 750
€ 235
Drachtster Sloep 750 S-V


7.5 mLength
Antares 36
€ 3340
Antares 36 Sveti Nikola


2Cabins 6Berths 1Toilets 10.32 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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latest by "Dr. Rolf" on 26 Jun 2020
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    "perfekte Raumaufteilung und Nutzbarkeit der Räume, tolles Oberdeck / Sonnenterasse, tolle Idee einer..."
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  • : - 3.36
    "Gut bedienbar, bei mittlerer Geschwindigkeit auch relativ leise"
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