Boating holidays in Germany

Renting a canal boat in Germany allows you to discover some of the most beautiful countryside and natural spaces in Europe. This countryside is criss-crossed with a network of interesting waterways making it a true favourite for lovers of boating holidays.

No previous boating experience is needed to hire a Nicols canal boat in Germany. You’ll sail on crystal-clear waters that cut through beautiful forests and the stunning landscapes of both Mecklenburg and Brandenburg. Our two Nicols bases in Germany guarantee an unforgettable boating holiday in the heart of the ‘thousand lakes region’.

Moor your canal boat at the edge of one of the wild lakes and enjoy a dip in the clean waters...or maybe try a spot of fishing. Whether you’re enjoying a weekend break or a longer holiday, we have a number of cruising itineraries that present the very best of this region. What are you waiting for!


A Nicols self-drive boating holiday on the waterways in this region gives you an insight into the history and culture of eastern Germany. Travelling on the Elde and Havel rivers you’ll wind through the Müritz National Park to Schwerin which is a magnificent city with a famous castle. Cruise a little further and Germany’s capital Berlin awaits. Rent a houseboat from our base in Lübz or Fürstenberg and enjoy a fantastic "nature" holiday along the water.

Take a look at the many different cruising itinerary suggestions available for boating holidays in Germany.


“If you like nature and the feeling of being in the great outdoors then a boating holiday in Germany is for you! We particularly enjoyed crossing the large lakes, especially that of Müritz, in the heart of the National Park. The fauna and flora of the region is beautiful and there’s no better vantage point to enjoy it from than your boat - gently cruising along the waterways."

Oliver – 49 years old – as a couple

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A waterways holiday
Ideal whatever your age or interests!

To help you choose the perfect boating holiday Nicols has identified regions, routes and boats that are best suited to particular types of crews or areas of interest that people are looking for from their holiday. We hope our ideas inspire you. Look out for our icon illustrations flagging these themes across the website.