Boating holiday in Germany

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Welcome to Germany

Enjoy Germany’s beautiful lakes in Mecklenburg or the Brandenburg/Potsdam area near Berlin.

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg is to be found in the most northerneast parts of Germany – a truly magnificent patchwork of hundreds of lakes, rivers and canals spread over an idyllic countryside. Mecklenburg is a large recreational area with clean air and clear waters, and the region is an immensely popular sailing area for families as well as boating enthusiasts. The magnificent castles of Mirow, Rheinsberg and Fürstenberg are idyllically situated down the riverside, and Medieval villages with half-timbered houses and topped cobblestones makes the pretty scenery in the interesting landscape. Sails towards Müritzsee, Germany's largest lake. Here you will find lots of activity such as canoeing, local sailors, fishing and many other activities. In Mecklenburg you can do a riverboat holiday in a pleasant pace, only to be interrupted by a cold beer and a good meal at a café in one of the many charming and historic towns. For the angler, Müritzsee is a true paradise with more than 50 fish species, including walleye, perch and carp. You can also take the kids to Müritzeum Museum.

Brandenburg

Nearly one-third of this area is designated as nature reserves. You will find no less than 15 protected natural areas here! The National Park Spreewald is an eldorado of flora and fauna with large flocks of deer in the large forests. The bridges that you will see during your sailing trip make out the perfect stop for a picnic, hike or bike ride. Potsdam is an important and dynamic city with many impressive monuments. Walk around town and visit the churches and museums, the impressive and colorful Sanssouci Castle, or go shopping in the unique, Dutch neighborhood. Experience the amazing city of Berlin with its countless festivals and monuments such as the Reichstag Building and the Brandenburg Gate.

 

Riverboats in Germany

Explore the sailing areas in Germany

In Germany there area two, great sailing areas. Read more below.

Riverboats in Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg

Enjoy a relaxing boating holiday on some of the more than 1000 lakes found in Mecklenburg. Take a picnic along the banks, visit the old castles or just relax aboard your boat.

Highlights in Mecklenburg: 

  • The castles in Rheinsberg and Fürstenberg
  • Müritzsee – for great sailing, swimming and water sports, as well as bike rides in the beautiful nature
  • The aquarium in Waren
  • The harbour promenade in Röbel
  • The sculpture museum in Plau
  • The botanical garden in Granzow near Mirow, which is amongst the oldest in Germany
  • The Schlosskirche church in Neustrelitz
  • The Town Hall in Templin
Map of Mecklenburg
Riverboat on a lake in Brandenburg

Brandenburg

When you go on a boating holiday in Brandenburg, you’ll find more than 30.000 km of waterways to explore. Sailing out from Potsdam just 30 km southwest of Berlin you can enjoy both culture, nature, relaxation and a city break all in one vacation.

Highlights in Brandenburg: 

  • Fantastic wildlife in Spreewald Nature Reserve, which is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO
  • The Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam
  • Vibrant Berlin with its many attractions such as the futuristic Potsdamer Platz and the famous Brandenburger Tor
  • Gothic medieval architecture in Brandenburg an der Havel
  • Watersports on Templiner See by Caputh
  • Werder “the flower city” on a small island in the Havel
Map of Brandenburg

Practical information about sailing in Germany

Here you'll find practical information that is good to know when going on a boating holiday in Germany

Locks

The locks in the Mecklenburg and Brandenburg area are ether automatic and manned or automatic self-service locks. The locks are free of charge.

Anchoring for the night?

In Germany mooring along the channels is prohibited. Instead you can anchor out on the lakes, or you can pay a small fee to stay in a marina overnight.

The sailing area

The two sailing areas are very suitable for beginners. There might be some traffic in certain areas, and if you’re sailing on the large lakes (i.e. Müritzsee), you’ll need to be aware in windy conditions.

Do I need a certificate?

In Mecklenburg (down to Liebenswalde) you can sail without certificate. If you wish to sail further south, you must have at least an ICC approved speedboat certificate. The certificate must be sent beforehand, so that when you arrive at the base, you can get a temporary German certificate.

Mandatory theory lesson

When arriving at the base in Germany you’ll need to attend a mandatory theory lesson. The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours. After the theory lesson you’ll receive a practical introduction to you boat, where you’ll get to try mooring and sailing through a lock. These lessons take place before the actual renting period. If you have an ICC approved sailing certificate, you might be able to obtain acquittal from the theory lesson. However, many choose to attend anyways, as it is a fine introduction to sailing in Germany.

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