Essen, Germany
Around Essen Steele

Canoe Tour on the Ruhr

Book a canoe trip on the Ruhr in a canoe for 2 to 4 people.


The midday canoe trip starts and ends in Essen-Steele. During this round trip you are on the water for up to 2.5 hours. It is a bronze track, which is particularly suitable for beginners and connoisseurs. True to our canoe philosophy we offer you transparent prices, boats from German manufacturers as well as a good all-round service.


  • Canoe for 4 persons
  • Paddle and life jackets
  • Water map and tips
  • Travel notebook to take away
  • Dry container

Meeting Point

Langen Berger str. 1, 45277 Essen

Start Time

Daily at 15:30


2.5 hours Hours


You can book the boat directly online here. Find the right tour, find your desired date and book your canoeing experience. You can view all information about the tour directly online. In addition, you will also be sent your personal information about the tour.


The route 

The entire route is located on a quiet section of the Ruhr. The start is in Essen Steele, at the restaurant Boathouse Ruhreck. You can plan your route yourself. We recommend first to paddle upstream. After just under 2 kilometers the old Holteyer harbour appears on the right. This wasn built in 1837 as one of the first real food ports. It served the Ruhr shipping as a safety port in the event of storms and over the winter the coal ships were anchored here as well. Today it is a very natural stretch where you can also see the one or the other turtle. Then it continues upstream to the colliery and the hydroelectric power plant Vogelsang.


Before you go back down the river, it is worth taking a little break at the weir. Here you can see the boat alley and also the lock. Then it goes downstream, back to the starting point. If you still have some time and energy left, then it is worthwhile to paddle again just under 800 meters downstream to the Horster Weir. At this point, however, you go back with strong paddle strokes to the start. There, a possible  barbecue or a cool beer completes your canoe adventure.



We use high quality Lettmann boats. The trapper is a classic among the touring kayaks. The boat is extremely sturdy and very tilt-resistant. It is ideal for beginners and advanced adventurers alike. The boat can comfortably accommodate two to four adults. On one of the 4 seats two small children next to each other can also fit in. Also large and small dogs are welcome in the boat. They can also get a life jacket from us. Please contact us in advance so that we also have a suitable dog jacket.


Further Information

Degree of Difficulty

Especially suitable for beginners and connoisseurs


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