Essen, Germany Hattingen, Germany
From Hattingen to Essen Steele

Rafting-Tour on the Ruhr

Book a tour on the Ruhr in a raft for 6 to 10 people.


The powerful tour starts in Hattingen and ends in Essen-Steele. You need about 4 – 4.5 hours for the tour. It is a silver track, it represents a small challenge and is suitable for adventurers who want to travel a little longer or paddlers who have some previous experience in a raft.


  • 1 raft for up to 10 persons
  • Paddle and life jackets
  • Water Map and Tips
  • Dry container
  • Luggage transport to the destination

Meeting Point

Ruhrdeich 4, 45525 Hattingen

Start Time

Daily at 10:00


4 to 4,5 Hours


True to our canoe philosophy we offer you transparent prices, boats from German manufacturers as well as a good all-round service. 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 canoe trip starts above the Hattinger weir on a quiet stretch so you can start paddling and get to know the boat. Then it goes along the longest boat chute of the Ruhr where there are smaller whirlpools and two rapids. Along the beautiful Ruhr arch there are some water buffaloes to be seen with a little luck. At the Castle Isenberg, the Hattinger torrent awaits you. You can take it in the middle or on the side. So there is a bit of action and maybe some water in the boat! After the beautiful Hattinger gush it will be contemplative again. Let yourself drift and enjoy the peace. On the lake-like section in front of the weir in Bochum-Dahlhausen you can take it easy.


The short boat slide in Dahlhausen is usable for experienced paddlers and on to a very scenic section, along the Railway Museum, with meadows for a small picnic. In Horst, the next boat slide is waiting for you. Now the Ruhr takes you gently on  towards Steele. From here it is another  4 km. On the left side you leave the old Holteyer harbour, which was built 1837 as one of the first in Essen. 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 area where you can also see the one or the other turtle. You continue relaxedly further towards the goal. There, a possible barbecue or a cool beer completes your canoe adventure.


the boat

We use boats for up to 10 people. This size is good for a group to handle, even without extra guide. So you can plunge yourself into your adventure after a short briefing. The high-quality rafts made by Spreu in Wuppertal are designed for use in whitewater. So you don't have to worry if you ever touch a stone. The boats are almost non-capsizable on this river section.



Only the boat transport is included in this tour. Each paddler must organise the transport of passengers themselves.

Further Information

Degree of Difficulty

Suitable for adventurers and paddlers who have prepared some experience in the boat.


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