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Germany Boating Holidays

One of Europe’s most beautiful regions, the waterways of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg form a network of lakes and canals in an area of forests and farmland.

Boat Hire in Germany

North of Berlin, and extending to the Baltic Sea, this region possesses historic palaces, castles and ancient towns, and is countryside worth exploring. The exceptional flora and fauna and undisturbed wildlife make it a paradise for naturalists.

The lakes offer a wide range of water sports, especially the Muritz lake, Germany's largest.

The fishing is excellent with fish including eel, pike, carp, zander.

Cruise Mecklenburg and Brandenburg

The historic towns of Potsdam and Brandenburg and the castles of Rheinsberg and Schwerin are all worth a visit. Whilst in this part of eastern Germany, you cannot miss the charm of Berlin, with its history, buildings, and 100 kilometres of canals with more bridges than Venice.

If these activities are not enough for you, then why not sample those wonderful German beers and visit the superb restaurants specialising in fish dishes.

We have five boat bases in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg. These offer a choice of routes. Some require a captain's licence - this is not required unless a licence is necessary in one's own country.

If you wish to cruise Germany you can also look at boating holiday routes in the Alsace region of France. These offer cross-border cruises from France into Luxembourg and the Moselle area of Germany.

Read the diary of a week's Penichette boat holiday in Mecklenburg

Area Highlights

Highlights of Germany Boating Holidays

  • Rheinsberg Castle
  • Spreewald wildlife
  • Sanssouci Castle Park in Potsdam
  • Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church
  • Lake Müritz watersports
  • Röbel’s lakeside promenade
  • Plau’s Museum of Sculpture
  • Müritz Radrundweg cycle trail
  • Werder’s beaches.
  • Waren’s aquarium
Schwerin Castle

Useful Information:

  • Please note that certain cruising areas in Germany require a boating license for safety reasons

Suggested cruises from our bases in Germany

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Germany Boating Map

A boating licence is required if you would like to navigate the waters around Berlin and Potsdam. A pilot can be hired who will guide you from Potsdam to Liebenwalde or vice versa, from there you can navigate on your own to Marina Wolfsbruch. You can also use a pilot to navigate the waterways around the Spreewald.


Boat Holidays from Marina Wolfsbruch

A beautiful harbour surrounded by forest, Marina-Wolfsbruch base is situated at a stunning new holiday centre, with a swimming pool, water sports, Jacuzzi, sauna and many other amenities including restaurants, bars and shops.


Licence-free Boating Routes

Marina Wolfsbruch - Jabel (or vice versa)

Short Break One Way • 3 Days • 65km • 4 Locks • 16hrs (Licence-free)

Travelling through the intricate network of waterways in Mecklenburg is the focal point of this Short Break boating holiday. Lift a pint of German beer in a waterfront café in Mirow, browse the shops in Waren and enjoy watersports on Lake Müritz. The natural beauty of the region is famous throughout Europe, making it a popular holiday destination for families.

Marina Wolfsbruch - Mirow - Lychen - Marina Wolfsbruch

Return Trip • 1 Week • 246km • 23 Locks • 39hrs (Licence-free)

Tree-clad shores, birds of prey, and teeming fish make you feel in touch with nature as you cruise in Mecklenburg, home of the Müritz National Park with its trekking trails and fabulous views. Enjoy watersports, swimming and activities at the resorts.

Marina Wolfsbruch - Plau (Mecklenburg) - Marina Wolfsbruch

Return Trip • 1 Week • 215km • 8 Locks • 36hrs (Licence-free)

The Brandenburg and Mecklenburg regions are holiday playgrounds in Germany with clean waterways winding through protected nature reserves. Enjoy watersports on Lake Müritz and the resort amenities of Marina Wolfsbruch, then explore mediaeval towns and castles on this varied boating route.

Licence-required Boating Routes

Marina Wolfsbruch - Potsdam (or vice versa)

One Way • 1 Week • 151km • 13 Locks • 20hrs (Licence or Skipper Needed)

The delights of Mecklenburg — watersports, fishing, cycling and trekking — give way to the urban pleasures of Brandenburg. Take advantage of public transport to journey from Potsdam to sightsee in Berlin. The city boasts more than 150 museums and historic sites, upscale shops, fine dining and lively nightlife.

Rheinsberg Castle
Brandenburg

Boat Holidays from Jabel

Jabel is a quiet and peaceful village in the Mecklenburg Lake District, close to Lake Muritz and medieval villages such as Plau and Waren


Licence-free Boating Routes

Jabel - Marina Wolfsbruch (or vice versa)

Short Break One Way • 3 Days • 65km • 4 Locks • 16hrs (Licence-free)

Travelling through the intricate network of waterways in Mecklenburg is the focal point of this Short Break boating holiday. Lift a pint of German beer in a waterfront café in Mirow, browse the shops in Waren and enjoy watersports on Lake Müritz. The natural beauty of the region is famous throughout Europe, making it a popular holiday destination for families.

Jabel - Rheinsberg - Jabel (or vice versa)

Return Trip • 1 Week • 229km • 8 Locks • 2 Bridges • 34hrs (Licence-free)

It’s the land of 1,000 lakes, and the reason why is obvious as you follow the connecting waters to enjoy a delightful blend of culture, history, upscale shopping, fine dining and unparalleled natural beauty. The bustle of lively Waren stands in contrast to laid-back 13th-century Plau, but both represent distinct charms of Germany boating holidays.

Cruising the German lakes
Cruiser Boat in Germany

Boat Holidays from Potsdam

Potsdam is an important and dynamic city with many historic connections and close to Germany's capital Berlin. Most cruises from this base require the skipper to have a licence.


Licence-required Boating Routes

Potsdam - Werder - Potsdam

Short Break Return Trip • 3 Days • 80km • 0 Locks • 15hrs (Licence Free)

The waters of the Havel River flow past ancient Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site and often called Berlin’s little sister.

Potsdam - Berlin - Potsdam

Short Break Return Trip • 3 Days • 97km • 6 Locks • 14hrs (Licence Free)

The waters of the Havel River flow past ancient Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site and often called Berlin’s little sister.

Potsdam - Bad Saarrow - Potsdam

Return Trip • 1 Week • 250km • 12 Locks • 2 Bridges • 40hrs (Licence or Skipper Needed)

The Spreewald Nature Reserve covers approximately 480 square miles and has more than 300 canals lacing low marshes that are home to myriad species of wildlife. It feels a whole world away from city life.

Potsdam - Plau - Potsdam

Return Trip • 1 Week • 130km • 2 Locks • 17hrs (Licence or Skipper Needed)

Boat Holidays from Ketzin

Starting from Ketzin you will need a boating licence valid for your country of residence. This is not required if no licence is necessary to drive a similar boat in your own country.


One Way Routes

Ketzin - Potsdam - Berlin Charlottenburg - Mitte - Spandau - Zehdenick - Templin - Fürstenberg (or vice versa)

One Way • 1 Week • 170km • 14 Locks • 4 hr 15 / day

Ketzin - Potsdam - Berlin Charlottenburg - Köpenick - Neuruppin - Lindow - Zehdenick - Templin - Lychen - Fürstenberg (or vice versa)

One Way • 10 / 11 Days • 282km • 24 Locks • 4 hr 15 / day

Ketzin - Potsdam - Berlin - Templin - Regow - Fürstenberg - Neustrelitz - Rheinsberg - Mirow - Waren - Plau - Untergöhren (or vice versa)

One Way • 2 Weeks • 363km • 25 Locks • 4 hr / day

Out and Back Routes

Ketzin - Brandenburg - Rathenow - Havelberg - Ketzin

Return Trip • 1 Week • 260km • 8 Locks • 4 hr 30 / day

Ketzin - Spandau - Charlottenburg - Köpenick - Senzig - Scharmutzelsee - Bad Sarrow - Potsdam - Werder - Ketzin

Return Trip • 1 Week • 160km • 10 Locks • 3 hr 30 / day

Ketzin - Potsdam - Brandenburg - Rathenow - Havelberg - Ketzin

Return Trip • 10 / 11 Days • 293km • 8 Locks • 4 hr 30 / day

Ketzin - Spandau - Berlin-Mitte - Märkisch Buchholz - Teupitz - Bad Saarow - Erkner - Rüdersdorf - Teltow - Potsdam - Ketzin

Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 371km • 15 Locks • 4 hr 00 / day

Ketzin - Charlottenburg - Berlin-Mitte - Fustenwalde - Eisenhuttenstadt - Kienitz - Frankfurt - Schwedt - Niederfinow - Liebenwalde - Oranienburg - Potsdam - Werder - Ketzin

Return Trip • 3 Weeks • 429km • 21 Locks • 3 hr 30 / day

Penichette E700 in Brandenburg
Wooden Houses on the shores of the lake

Please note that parts of this area of Eastern Germany do not have an extensive tourist infrastructure. Some maps and guides may only be available in German.

Boat Holidays from Furstenberg

Furstenberg is the starting point for cruises to the beautiful lakes of Mecklenburg. Sights nearby include the Ravensbruck Memorial which houses documents from the former concentration camp.


Out and Back Routes

Fürstenberg - Neustrelitz - Strasen - Mirow - Rheinsberg

Return Trip • 1 Week • 148km • 14 Locks• 4 hr / day (Licence Free)

Fürstenberg - Lychen - Templin - Zehdenick - Fürstenberg

Return Trip • 1 Week • 204km • 20 Locks • 4 hr 30 / day

Fürstenberg - Lychen - Neustrelitz - Strasen - Mirow - Robel - Rheinsberg

Return Trip • 10 / 11 Days • 220km • 20 Locks • 4 hr / day (Licence Free)

Fürstenberg - Mirow - Robel - Plau - Rheinsberg - Neustrelitz

Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 270km • 16 Locks • 5 hr / day (Licence Free)

Fürstenberg - Strasen - Neustrelitz - Buchholz - Rheinsberg - Templin - Zehdenick - Fürstenberg

Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 282km • 30 Locks• 4 hr 00 / day (Licence Free)

One Way Routes

Fürstenberg - Priepert - Neustrelitz - Wesenberg - Flecken Zechlin - Rheinsberg - Mirow - Waren - Plau - Malchow - Untergöhren (or vice versa)

One Way • 1 Week • 193km • 11 Locks • 4 hr / day (Licence Free)

Fürstenberg - Neustrelitz - Rheinsberg - Waren - Plau - Schwerin - Untergöhren (or vice versa)

One Way • 2 Weeks • 405km • 27 Locks • 3 hr 30 / day (Licence Free)

Lake of Muritz
Reichstag

Boat Holidays from Untergöhren

Untergöhren lies on the banks of the beautiful Lake Fleesensee, one of the most beautiful areas in Germany. Close by is Lake Muritz, whose idyllic and unspoilt surroundings make it perfect for swimming in the pure waters.


Out and Back Routes

Untergöhren - Malchow - Waren - Flecken Zechlin - Rheinsberg - Untergöhren

Return Trip • 1 Week • 180km • 8 Locks • 4 hr / day (Licence Free)

Untergöhren - Plau - Lübz - Parchim - Schwerin - Untergöhren

Return Trip • 1 Week • 212km • 16 Locks • 5 hr 30 / day (Licence Free)

Untergöhren - Waren - Rheinsberg - Wesenberg - Neustrelitz - Plau - Parchim - Schwerin - Untergöhren

Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 446km • 20 Locks • 5 hr / day (Licence Free)

One Way Routes

Untergöhren - Malchow - Plau - Waren - Mirow - Rheinsberg - Flecken Zechlin - Wesenberg - Neustrelitz - Priepert - Fürstenberg (or vice versa)

One Way • 1 Week • 193km • 11 Locks • 4 hr / day (Licence Free)

Untergöhren - Schwerin - Plau - Waren - Rheinsberg - Neustrelitz - Fürstenberg (or vice versa)

One Way • 2 Weeks • 405km • 27 Locks • 3 hr 30 / day (Licence Free)

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