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Many of the metropolises in which MEININGER Hotels have a home are located on the water. And often there are plenty of ways to discover the most beautiful corners and sights of these exciting cities by boat. In London, Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna, we have discovered some truly original ideas for sightseeing tours on water. What are you waiting for? Jump on board!
Diving into London
It starts at the London Eye, takes you through half of London and then, beak first, it dives into the waves of the Thames – splash! The Duck, an amphibious vehicle that dates back to the Second World War, unites bus and boat tour. A classic round trip lasts 75 minutes and takes you to the most important sights like the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. There are also exciting special tours: the James Bond tour, for example, takes you to M’s office and many other original locations from the 007 films.
Start: Waterloo tube station
Price: From £24.00, children from £16.00
To Munich by raft
The raft used to be the most important means of transport on the river Isar in the 17th century. Today trains run the 28km between the “international raft city” of Wolfratshausen and Munich, but let’s be honest, a trip by raft is much more fun. A truly splashing event includes the seven slides while passing through the locks of a power plant en route. During the trip – which, depending on water level, takes five to seven hours – a band, draft beer and traditional food create the perfect atmosphere.
Time: May till September
By paddleboat through Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital of cyclists, and here pedals are pushed not only on the streets but also on the canals! A ride with the Canal Bike – a sleek paddleboat – is not just fun for the whole family but also a low budget alternative to the standard Amsterdam canal tours. The Canal App, which can be downloaded in different languages, will serve as your personal travel guide, offering pictures and information on the most important sights.
Booking: At the piers Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum and Westerkerk (Anne Frank House)
Opening hours: Daily from 10am
Price: €8 / person, the 4th person is free
Vienna, totally chilled
Just drifting along. That’s what the swimming island lounges with their cosy sofa, table and sunroof are made for, floating into the sunset on the Old Danube. The designer electro boats made from recycled PET bottles and hemp fibres are steered by joysticks and can reach 7km/h. The smaller versions offer space for up to four people, the bigger ones for up to eight. The highlight: thanks to the clever modular design, several islands can be connected and converted to the right size for your group. Everything about it calls for a party, especially as a catering service can supply you with everything you need, from a small picnic to a romantic candlelit dinner.
Rental: Restaurant Schinakl (22. Bezirk, Laberlweg 19), daily 10am till 11pm
Price: From €45 / hour