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Highlights of the Alsace Region

  • Strasbourg a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its architecture
  • France's oldest church, 4th century Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnais Basilica
  • Saarland in Germany
  • Baroque castle and St. Johanner's open air market square
  • The Arzviller boat lift- lifts the boat 45m in 20 minutes!
  • UNESCO World Heritage 'Volkinger Hutte' on the River Saar

Useful Information:

  • A boating licence is required if you wish to cruise from Saarbrucken to Apach along the waterways of Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhone au Rhin - All locks are automatic and easy to operate. Opening hours of the locks are 07:00 - 19:00 (-18:00 on Sundays)
  • Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre - all manual locks with a lock-keeper available to assist you. Opening hours of the locks are 08:30 - 18:30

Suggested cruises from our bases in Alsace

Cruiser boat holidays from Hesse

A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organised port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.

Hesse - Strasbourg - Boofzheim (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 104km • 43 Locks • 28hrs
View Hesse - Boofzheim one-way boating route in Google Maps

One of the most pooular routes, this takes you on the Canal de la Marne to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Strasbourg is perfect for shopping and sightseeing, whilst the Rhine reed plains outside Boofzheim are excellent for bird spotting and nature lovers.

On the way, discover timber-framed restaurants with fine Alsatian cuisine and crisp Reisling wine. Visit Saverne's rose gardens and Renaissance Palace, and enjoy the excitement of the Arzviller boat lift - a miracle of modern canal engineering.

Hesse - Saarbrucken (or vice versa)
One Way •1 Week • 103km • 31 Locks • 20hrs
View Hesse - Saarbrucken one-way boating route in Google Maps

Enjoy a peaceful cruise through forests and across lakes, with a wealth of flora and fauna along this picturesque waterway.

Maybe enjoy a spot of fishing or cycling along the way and visit the bustling port of Sarreguemines with its earthernware pottery, before reaching cosmopolitan Saarbrucken in Germany with its art galleries, Baroque palaces and cafe-culture lifestyle.

A boating licence is required for this route.

Hesse - Nancy - Hesse
Return Trip • 1 Week • 152km • 42 Locks • 25hrs
View Hesse - Nancy out and back boating route in Google Maps

With some of Europe’s most beautiful canal cruising, this route is ideal for a boating holiday. Enjoy superb fishing at Gondrexange, visit chateaux and superb Alsatian restaurants, and discover Art Nouveau Nancy with fantastic art and architecture, especially around Place Stanislas.

Hesse - Strasbourg - Hesse
Return Trip • 1 Week • 156km • 68 Locks • 37hrs
View Hesse - Strasbourg out and back boating route in Google Maps

Cruise from Hesse to vibrant Strasbourg along the pretty Canal de la Marne au Rhin, and enjoy a superb combination of picturesque scenery and chic cosmopolitan towns.

Hesse - Saarbrucken - Metz - Hesse (licence required)
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 433km • 74 Locks • 84hrs
View Hesse - Metz out and back boating route in Google Maps

On leaving Hesse in France, cruise through Germany on the Sarre. The Moselle meanders through vineyards and pretty wine-producing towns like Remich and historic Metz, the capital of Alsace. Explore Nancy, the elegant and historic centre of Lorraine, before joining the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and returning to Hesse.

A boating licence is required for this route.

Hesse - Saverne - Hesse
Short Break Return Trip • 4 Days • 116km • 12 Locks • 18hrs

Hesse - Lagarde - Hesse
Short Break Return Trip • 4 Days • 71km • 14 Locks • 16hrs

Alsace in the spring

Cruiser boat holidays from Boofzheim

A typical alsatian village, Boofzheim is a beautiful place to see. In the thick of the town, between the Lutheran Roman Catholic Church and the old belltower, you will discover timbered-houses from the eighteenth century.

Boofzheim - Strasbourg - Hesse (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 104km • 43 Locks • 28hrs
(Same as Hesse to Boofzheim above) A boating licence is required for this route.
View Boofzheim - Strasbourg one-way boating route in Google Maps

Cruiser boat holidays from Saarbrucken

Saarbrucken is the dynamic metropolis of the area with its numerous shop, restaurants, and its large patrimony. Don't miss the national theatre, and the basilica Saint-Jean.

Alsace Lorraine

Saarbrucken - Hesse (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 103km • 31 Locks • 20hrs
(Same as Hesse to Saarbrucken above)
View Saarbrucken - Hesse one-way boating route in Google Maps

Cruise south from the beautiful city of Saarbrucken in Germany into the heart of French Alsace along scenic waterways. Enjoy fabulous cuisine and visit cultural sites, before relaxing at the lakeside on the sundeck with a glass of Sylvaner wine and a generous helping of fresh quiche Lorraine.

A boating licence is required for this route.

Saarbrücken - Hesse - Saarbrücken
Return Trip • 1 Week • 206km • 62 Locks • 40hrs

Perfect for experienced boaters, enjoy the contrast of the cosmopolitan excitement of Saarbrucken and the relaxation of cruising through forests and lakes on the Canal des Houllieres.

A boating licence is required for this route.

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate

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