Information for navigation on inland waterways of Germany
It becomes necessary if sailing or motor boats have an engine performance of more than 5 PS (3.68 KW). There is no license asked for lower performances.
This license is necessary for all boats on inland waterways with an engine performance of more than 5 PS (3.68 kW). One can navigate boats with a max. length of 15 meters on all the Inland Waters of Germany.
Special regulation for the Lake of Constance
On this lake especially tightened regulations are applied. A special license, the Bodenseeschifferpatent, is officially demanded for boats with more than 6 PS (4,4 kW) engine performance or if sailing boats have a sail surface of more than 12 square meters.
Charter license for house boats
If you hire a houseboat, the hirer can, after a briefing of 3 hours, issue a special holiday charter license for the duration of your holiday. This charter license is valuable for boats of a max. length of 15 meters, with a max. speed of 12 km/h. There may not be more than 12 people on board.
All the waters on which navigation with this license is allowed are indicated by waterways on the according pages.
waterway in Germany: Lahn River | Germany, Aller River | Germany, Berlin / All the waterways of the capital | Germany, Dahme Waterway | Germany, Danube River | Germany, Dortmund-Ems-Kanal | Germany, Eider & Trene Rivers / Giselaukanal | Germany, Elbe River | Germany, Elbe Seitenkanal | Germany, Elbe-Lübeck-Kanal & Trave River | Germany, Elbe-Weser Waterway | Germany, Ems und Ems-Vechte-Kanal | Germany, Ems-Jade-Kanal | Germany, Finowkanal / Werbellinkanal / Langer Trödel | Germany, Fulda und Werra Rivers | Germany, Haren-Rütenbrock-Canal and the canalsystem on the leftside of river Ems | Germany, Havel-Oder-Waterway | Germany, Hohensaaten-Friedrichsthaler-Kanal | Germany, Ilmenau River and Ilmenau Canal | Germany , Küstenkanal and Untere Hunte River | Germany, Lake Chiemsee | Germany, Lake of Constance | Germany, Leda River und Elisabethfahnkanal | Germany, Main River | Germany, Main-Donau-Kanal | Germany, Müritz-Elde-Waterway / Müritz | Germany, Müritz-Havel-Waterway | Germany, Mittellandkanal | Germany, Mosel River | Germany, Neckar River | Germany, Nord-Ostsee-Kanal | Germany, Nordgeorgsfehnkanal / River Jümme | Germany, Obere (Upper) Havel-Waterway | Germany, Obere Spree-Wasserstrasse Upper Spree-Waterway | Germany, Oder River | Germany, Oste River, Oste-Hamme-Canal / Hamme & Lesum Rivers | Germany, Peene River and Peene-Canal | River Trebel with Trebel-Canal | Germany, Rhine River | Germany, Ruhrgebiet - Wasserstrassen / Ruhr basin Waterways | Germany, Ruppiner Waters | Germany, Saale and Unstrut River | Germany, Saar River | Germany, Schlei | Germany, Spree-Oder-Waterway | Germany, Starnberger See, Ammersee and Wörthsee | Germany, Stör River / Schleswig-Holstein | Germany, Stör-Waterway, Störkanal & Lake Schwerin | Germany, Untere Havel-Wasserstrasse (Lower Havel-Waterway) with Elbe-Havel-Kanal und Havel-Kanal | Germany, Weser River | Germany
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