Water Kingdom Havel-Oder

This area is up to 55 meters deep. Lake Werbellinsee is the result of the last age and can be reached by driving through the beautiful, lush Werbellinkanal. A great fishing area. Fish and cook on board. 

Eagles, beavers and otters can be seen in this area. The clear waters, dense forests and ancient bastions provide a varied environment. If you want to experience our capital from the water, we recommend a single trip to or from Zeuthen.


free of license

Turn: Obere Havel waterway to Rheinsberg - 7-10 days

You can drive from Zehdenick to the Müritz. Here you can expect varied nature and many turnoffs to other waters, which are often very recommendable.

Along the way:
•    Wentow waters
•    Templiner waters
•    Lychener waters
•    Fürstenberg


We would like to advise you and find the perfect tour for you.

Zehdenick – Templin – Lychen – Fürstenberg and back
7-10 days / 130 km / 16 locks 

Turn: Finow canal to Niederfinow – 3-7 days

You can start in Zehdenick along the Obere Havel waterway to the Finow canal, which is about 400 years old and the oldest passable waterway in Germany. Locks, bridges, industry culture and especially the ship canal lift in Niederfinow are a few attractions on the way but also villages like Eberswalde, Finow and Marienwerder are worth a shore leave.

Zehdenick – Marienwerder – Finow – Eberswalde – Niederfinow and back
3-7 days / 120 km / 28 locks 

Turn: Werbellinsee – 3-7 days

Because of the opening of the Werbellin canal, as a connection between Finowcanal and Werbelliner waters, the lake is now passable without a license.
You start at the charterbase Zehdenick across the Vosscanal, Langer Trödel and Finowcanal. Before you come to Marienwerder you turn to the Werbellin canal towards the Werbellin lake, which is worth a visit.

3-7 days / 100 km / 10 locks

license fee

Turn: ship canal lift Niederfiow - 3-7 days

You will drive along the Finow canal to the ship canal lift in Niederfinow. This is the oldest, still working, lift in Germany. Across the Oder-Havel canal you come back to the home base. For those, who has more time, we recommend the Werbellin canal and Werbellin lake.

Zehdenick – Marienwerder –Eberswalde – Niederfinow – Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow – Zehdenick 
3-7 days / 110 km / 18 locks / 1 ship canal lift

Turn: Oranienburg and Ruppiner waters - 7 days 

After a longer drive across the Voss canal and Oder-Havel canal you will reach Oranienburg. Her you can visit the castle with the garden. Across the Ruppiner canal you will pass the Ruppiner waters. For a shore leave we recommend Neuruppin, Alt Ruppin and Lindow. Especially the nature is very beautiful. You can see white tailed eagle,  beaver and otter.

Zehdenick – Oranienburg – Sachsenhausen – Neuruppin – Lindow and back
7 days / 210 km / 15 locks

Turn: biosphere reserve Werbellin lake – 3-7 days 

You can reach the Werbellin lake after passing the Werbellin canal. Since 2019 is the sector of the canal between Oder-Havel waterway and Finow canal completed, consequently the Werbelliner waters are passable with the houseboat without a license

Because of the biosphere reserve, the water has a very good quality. Berthing and eating fish is worth it, or just try to catch your own fish.

3-7 days / 100 km / 10 locks


Havelschloss, Aussicht vom Hausboot

Kloster in Zehdenick

Langer Trödel

Werbellinsee Wildau

Werbellin Kanal


Langer Trödel

Kormoran in Zehdenick

Langer Trödel Liebenwalde


Finowkanal and Havel-Oder Waterway

The 400-year-old Finow canal was lovingly repaired in the 90's, the shores are densely covered and lined with tall trees. There are hand-operated locks, a gem of industrial architecture (riveted steel bridges, old forts and brick-memory) and densely vegetated canal banks.

Have a turn on one of the twelve gates of the Finow canal and admire the boat lift at Niederfinow.

In Niederfinow is the oldest operating ship lift in Germany and a very good example of engineering. The old, 1934 completed elevator (trough length 85 meters), will be available only for recreational boating, while the new long elevator is for the next generation of 115+ metre cargo ships. Already Niederfinow is a magnet for visitors. 

Lower Oder Valley

Behind the ship lift a simple journey begins on the Hohensaaten-Friedrichsthaler waterway. Here, nature is your constant companion. The flooded meadows in the spring and summer are the resting place for many migrating waterfowl.

Since Poland joined the Schengen Agreement there are no border controls anymore. To ensure that you are well prepared for visiting Poland we provide a simple "Polish for boaters" word list and information about all ports.

It is worthwhile going ashore to visit Lenne Park in Criewen and the baroque park of the castle park in Schwedt. The city of Szczecin has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, some excellent restaurants and great museums.

North is the fish-rich lake, Dammer's. There are beaches, marinas and scenic restaurants.

Werbelliner waters

The Werbellin lake is up to 55 meters deep and is the result of the last ice age. The water of Werbellin has, because of the surrounding Biosphere Reserve, such good quality, so that fisheries can serve whitefish. You should definitetly eat some fish in a restaurant or cook it on board - or you just try catch a fish by yourself!

Berlin and Ruppin waters

The long Lehnitzsee brings relief after a long drive along the canal, it is also worth a visit to the ancient cities Oranienburg (oldest baroque castle in Brandenburg, castle park with Orangerie) and Sachsenhausen (National Memorial).

Eagles, beavers and otters live in this amazing area. The clear water, the forest, lakes and ancient bastions provide a varied environment.

If you want to experience our capital from the water, we recommend a single trip to or from Zeuthen.