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Mit dem Hausboot durchs Elsass, Bild: Juergen Wackenhut / shutterstock

Houseboat holidays in Alsace

Due to its location on the border with Luxembourg and Germany, the French Alsace is a very popular region for unusual houseboat tours, which are also ideal for novice drivers. During a boat trip, travelers can not only discover numerous historical sights and enjoy the impressive nature, but also indulge in culinary delights. Start your journey in Saverne, a charming town considered the gateway to Alsace. Here are some of the top sights you can discover on your houseboat trip.

Place steeped in history: Saverne

A very popular place to start a houseboat trip Alsace is Saverne. Before leaving, you can visit the Rohan Castle in the city and, of course, stop at one of the many restaurants to try a “choucroute”, for example. From Saverne, you will then continue to Strasbourg or Nancy, where you will also pass by the famous Arzviller boat lift. The ship lift is a technical masterpiece, because here ships are hoisted or lowered 45 meters into the air on a ramp.

Out and about with the houseboat in Alsace
On the road with the houseboat in Alsace, Image: ©NICOLS

Lutzelbourg: An idyllic village

From Saverne, your route will take you to Lutzelbourg, a picturesque village overlooked by a medieval castle. Lutzelbourg is particularly known for its crystal glass grinding. About a hundred meters above the village is the ruins of the Lützelburg, from where visitors can enjoy an unforgettable panorama. The ruins of Lutzelbourg Castle offer a breathtaking view of the valley and the canal. The town itself captivates with its traditional Alsatian half-timbered houses and its quiet atmosphere.

Phalsbourg: A touch of history

Continue to Phalsbourg, a small fortified town with an interesting military history. Visit the Musée Historique et Erckmann-Chatrian, dedicated to local history and the works of the two famous writers. The well-preserved city walls and the impressive city gate are also worth seeing.

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Hochfelden: Centre of Alsatian beer culture

Next, you will reach Hochfelden, which is known for its brewing tradition. Here you will find the Brasserie Meteor, the oldest independent brewery in Alsace. A guided tour of the brewery offers a fascinating insight into the art of brewing beer and of course ends with a tasting.

Relaxing on the water
Relaxing on the water, Image: ©Philippe_de_Rexel

Strasbourg: The capital of Europe

Your next stop is Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace and seat of the European Parliament. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is a maze of narrow streets, charming half-timbered houses, and impressive structures. Notre-Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is an absolute must-see. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ill River to experience the city from a different perspective.

Obernai: A jewel of the wine route

From Strasbourg, you will continue to Obernai, one of the most beautiful villages along the Alsace Wine Route. The city is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and lively atmosphere. The Place du Marché, with its colourful half-timbered houses and Renaissance town hall, is a popular meeting place. You can also visit the Saint-Léon chapel and enjoy the local gastronomy in one of the many restaurants.

Colmar: The heart of Alsace

The journey continues to Colmar, often referred to as the “Venice of Alsace”. The old town of Colmar is a true open-air museum with its picturesque alleys, canals and historic buildings. The Unterlinden Museum, which houses the famous Isenheim altarpiece, is a cultural highlight. A walk through the “Petite Venise” district, with its pastel-colored houses and flower-adorned bridges, is an unforgettable experience.

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A houseboat offers space for friends and family
A houseboat offers space for friends and family, Image: ©NICOLS

Eguisheim: A fairytale village

Just a short drive from Colmar is Eguisheim, voted the most beautiful village in France in 2013. The circular village with its narrow, cobbled streets and colourful half-timbered houses is a real feast for the eyes. Taste the local wine in one of the many wineries and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Conclusion: Back to Saverne

After exploring Alsace, your route will take you back to Saverne. Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming streets of the city once again and enjoy the last hours of your trip.

More tips

Alsace is an area that has a large number of locks. However, these are easy to use, so even beginners have no problems with them. The automatic locks are activated either by means of a remote control, by a light barrier or a chain of locks, only in the large Moselle locks is there also a lock keeper. The houseboats are easy to steer, so you don’t need a license for your vacation. You will receive a detailed briefing on site and can then start your journey immediately. The prices for a houseboat depend on the size or equipment as well as the chosen season, the trips are cheaper in April or October, while in the high season – i.e. in the summer months – you have to expect higher prices. However, since the climate in Alsace is mild, a houseboat tour is worthwhile in summer as well as in autumn or spring.