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Exploring Strasbourg On Licence Free Boat

How to explore Strasbourg and escape summer crowds. Watching the city from the water on an easy-to-operate electric boat. Family-friendly activity

We moved here in the middle of the summer and were looking for spots to explore Strasbourg on the quiet and “hidden” side. The one below is one of them.

France is a popular international destination, and Strasbourg is one of the most visited cities in the county. As a local, I can confirm now that it is a truly interesting place to visit.

Riding an electric boat in Strasbourg with Marin D’Eau Douce or “Freshwater Sailor”

Marin D’Eau Douce boat rental is located in the most charming part of Strasbourg – Petite France or “Little France”. While we saw several times those little white and red boats, we didn’t know it was easy to rent and operate them.

The boat might looks small, but it could easily fit 7 people (there were 5 of us)
The boat might look small, but it could easily fit 7 people (there were 5 of us)

You can choose the duration (from 2 to 6 hours) and the route (“city route” or the “wild side of the city”), pictured below:

The route we tried, "wild Strasbourg", as we called it, is in the lower part of the picture. Exploring Strasbourg by license-free boat
The route we tried, “wild Strasbourg”, as we called it, is in the lower part of the picture. Exploring Strasbourg by license-free boat

We paid 70 euros for 2 hours, and chose the “wild route”. The price depends on the hours in the water, the route we could change at the very last minute.

How did we choose the route? We wanted to see the wild part of the city and spot a beaver (we did!). I also love birds and we saw a lot: herons, swan families, several kinds of ducks, of course :). As well as bridges, etc.

  • "Strasbourg by water"

Also, I wasn’t sure about passing the locks on the “city route”. But watching the other day how Marin D’Eau Douce boats were doing that, we will surely try it next time too. (It doesn’t seem like rocket science)

Exploring Strasbourg by license-free boat: what we learned and good to knows

  • Getting lost on the water was hard and operating was easy
  • Jumping out of the boat and swimming and alcohol consumption are forbidden
  • If you are heat intolerant, like me (more than 25C feels like too hot for me) try to sail in the morning
  • Water guns, snacks, water, sunscreen, and hats were very useful during hot sunny weather
  • Toilets: we used one at the Square Louise-Weiss and at the covered bridge, Barrage Vauban. Both places are very worth visiting even if you don’t need a restroom! 🙂
  • We tried similar, license-free boats in Amsterdam and loved them too

Make sure to check out the schedule, fees, and conditions before your visit

Merci beaucoup! – Thank you very much 🙂

– Your Grazy Goat

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I am Ira, the author behind Grazy Goat. My husband and I run this blog and share our experiences about thrilling places and cultures. Our son Artem recently joined us and helps with editing.

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