Couple is canoeing on the Ilmenau river in the Lüneburger Heide
© Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz

Ca­noe Tours

Holiday destination Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) has everything you need for kayak vacations or canoe trips. Experience a wide variety of canoe tours on 22 rivers with a total length of around 2000 km – from beginners’ and family-friendly tours to challenging ones, on large rivers or small streams, every canoeist will find their dream canoe trip in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony).

Most kayaking rivers in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) can even be easily navigated without any previous kayaking or canoeing experience. There are plenty of interesting places to explore along the riverside throughout the region. For example, why not pay a visit to the Pied Piper town of Hameln (Hamelin) on the Weser or finish off a canoe trip on the Ilmenau by chilling out in Lüneburg? Rivers like the Hunte, the Wümme and the Hase pass through large nature conservation areas, so a kayaking holiday is a wonderful way to get close to nature.

Whether your boat is a one-person kayak or two-person Canadian-style canoe, whether you are with children, with friends or in a group from a company or club, a canoe trip in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) is a great experience, often far removed from the hustle and bustle of civilisation. For a successful kayak ride, as well as the river you also need the right tour operator. Many canoe tour operators in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) are certified as a mark of quality. What this means for canoeists is expert instruction, good safety equipment, transfer of the boats to the river and handy hints for the trip.



  • Level of difficulty: Beginner
  • Tour length: 161 km
  • Highest point: 56m
© Weserbergland Tourismus e.V.


  • Tour length: 365 km
  • Highest point: 124m
Couple is canoeing on the Ilmenau river in the Lüneburger Heide
© Lüneburger Heide GmbH / Dominik Ketz


  • Level of difficulty: Beginner
  • Tour length: 52 km
  • Highest point: 38m
© Cuxland-Tourismus / Bernd Schlüsselburg


  • Tour length: 114 km
  • Highest point: 19m
© TouROW / Udo Fischer


  • Tour length: 81 km
  • Highest point: 34m
Familie paddelt auf der Este
© Tourismusverband LK Stade/Elbe e. V. / Susanne Seemann


  • Tour length: 16 km
  • Highest point: 21m
Eltzer mill at the Fuhse
© Dieter Goldmann / pixelio


  • Tour length: 42 km
  • Highest point: 64m
Elbe Weser Kanal Abschnitt Geeste
© Cuxland-Tourismus / Bernd Schlüsselburg


  • Tour length: 9 km
Kanutour auf der Großen Aue
© Mittelweser-Touristik GmbH

Große Aue

  • Tour length: 29 km
  • Highest point: 35m
Paddeltour auf der Hase
© Emsland Touristik GmbH


  • Tour length: 137 km
  • Highest point: 64m
wide view from canoe on the Jümme
© Touristik GmbH Südliches Ostfriesland / Arno Ewen

Jümme & Leda

  • Tour length: 44 km
  • Highest point: 1m
Man paddling in a kayak
© ftlaudgirl / Fotolia


  • Tour length: 41 km
  • Highest point: 55m
Die Oertze in der Lüneburger Heide
© Lüneburger Heide GmbH


  • Tour length: 38 km
  • Highest point: 65m
Oker near Hillerse


  • Level of difficulty: Beginner
  • Tour length: 87 km
  • Highest point: 95m

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Wassertourismus Deutschland

Quality and safety for canoe tours

For your own safety and to protect the natural environment, follow the following criteria when choosing a canoe supplier and rentals :

  • You receive comprehensive advice before you book (tour length, difficulty, transport)
  • The equipment appears correct, safe and well-maintained
  • Appropriate life vests are provided free of charge (including children’s life vests)
  • You are given a comprehensive briefing before starting your tour, including information on nature protection and hazards specific to that river (weirs etc.)
Wassertourismus Deutschland

Quality Seal

The “Wassertourismus Deutschland” quality seal was introduced throughout Germany in 2014:

The quality seal with the criteria listed above guarantees trained staff, sustainable business management and adherence to nature protection aspects.

Some canoe suppliers and rentals in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) have already implemented the seal and offer you outstanding canoe service quality.

You can also find all information on the quality seal here (in German)