There is an almost unlimited supply of waterways to explore in Hamburg’s Bergedorf district. Less urban that the city’s centre, you’ll truly be able to commune with nature. And don’t forget Wilhelmsburg: this quietly trending neighbourhood built on an island in the Elbe river has canals aplenty.
Note: Reservations are required at many (but not all) boat rentals, so be sure to plan ahead. Also, please note the rules stipulated by the various boat rental companies. It is always best to check up directly with the rental company before visiting.
Boat rentals in Wilhelmsburg
You can do an entire boating circuit through Wilhelmsburg’s canals, ponds and waterways. Rent your boat at Willi Villa at Kuckucksteich and they’ll take care of filling your stomach too. Burgers, pasta, pizza and grilled dishes abound.
Boats to rent: canoes, paddle boats, stand-up paddling boards
Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.
Prices per hour / day: canoes and paddle boats: €5/€25, stand-up paddling board: €12. Price deal: three hours for the price of two: €10
Boat rentals in Bergedorf
A must-visit for kayak enthusiasts, the Bergedorf boathouse offers stand-up kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks. Paddlers can stop by the Café Platsch just a few metres from the boathouse for refreshments, including snacks and cold drinks. The adjacent mini golf course also makes for a fun visit.
Boats to rent: Three varieties of kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards
Opening times: April to September, Monday to Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays and public holidays: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price per hour / day: Sit-on-top kayak: €10/€45, 1-seater kayak: €10/€45, 2-seater kayak: €11/€50, 2-seater canoe: €11/€50, 3-seater canoe: €12/€55, 4-person canoe: €14/€65, paddle boat: €14/€70, stand-up paddle boards: €9/€40
Kanu-Hafen Bergedorf is located directly on the Dove-Elbe, providing visitors with the opportunity to row by some intriguing spots, such as the Neuengamme memorial, Ochsenwerder and deep into the center of Bergedorf’s canals. Depending on the tour you choose, you can barbecue, swim or stop off to explore on land.
Boats to rent: Canadian canoes, kayaks
Opening times: May 1 (earlier in good weather) to September 30, Monday and Tuesday by appointment (1 day in advance), Wednesday to Sunday, public holidays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., last check-out at 6 p.m.
Prices per hour / day: 3/4-seater: €14/€70, 1/2-seater kayak: €12/€60
Paddel Meier is a boat rental in the middle of Hamburg-Kirchwerder on the quiet Gose-Elbe. The company has a decades-long history of renting boats on the Gose- and Dove-Elbe, a tranquil area particularly easy for beginners. In addition to canoes, Paddel Meier also rents bicycles and stand-up paddling boards, which are used, for example, on the bike boat BBQ tour. And best of all, Paddle Meier’s boats are fully accessible. Single and double kayaks are equipped with pillows and cushions, and for those who need it, the switch from the wheelchair to the boat takes place on land.
Boats to rent: kayaks, canoes, mini rowboats, stand-up paddling boards
Opening times: May 1 to September 30, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., paddling tours outside the opening hours possible with prior arrangement
Prices per hour / day: 1-seater kayak: €8/€45, 2-seater canoe / kayak: €11/€55, mini rowboat 1 person: €9/€45, 2-seater canoe: €11/€55, 3-seater canoe: €12/€60, 4-seater: €15/€75, 7-seater: €26/€130, 11-seater: €41/€205. There are also price categories for weekly rentals upon request.