About Hesse

Hesse puts you in prime position to explore your choice of this region’s top highlights. Westward you can cruise through the deepest lock in France and on to Nancy (14hrs from Hesse), city of Art Nouveau and grand Baroque art and architecture. Or you can choose to branch northwards, shortly after Hesse, towards cosmopolitan Saarbücken in Germany. Finally, eastward will take you up the region’s iconic boat lift at Arzviller (2hrs from Hesse) and on to Strasbourg (a further 14.5hrs on).

From Hesse it is:

  • 23.5hrs (44 locks) to our base in Boofzheim

What you get on the base





Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking - (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Every day 8:30am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 6pm


Le Boat Hesse
Port du Canal
F – 57400 Hesse


+33 (0) 387 036 174

Travel to Hesse

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.


Taxi Elle et Moi’ (+33 (0) 607 575 905)

Taxi Phoenix’ (+33 (0) 615 178 285)

Taxi Face’ (+33 (0) 387 250 050 | [email protected])

Taxi Elmerich’ (+33 (0) 684 193 438)

Taxi JNA’ (+33 (0) 770 283 038)


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

Strasbourg Airport (SXB) 150€

Sarrebourg Train Station 19€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and prices.

By Road

Be prepared: It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe


Pre-booked parking available

By train

Closest train station(s):

  • Sarrebourg: 5km

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Strasbourg: 74km (E25)

Arrival at Hesse

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 



Hotel Ibis Styles – Tel. +33 (0) 387 035 555

Hotel Ibis Budget – Tel. +33 (0) 387 238 243

Logis Hotel les Cigognes – Tel. +33 (0) 387 037 009

Hotel Des Vosges – Tel. +33 (0) 387 253 009

Erckmann Chatrian – Tel. +33 (0) 387 243 133.

Chez Jean – Tel. +33 (0) 388 911 019

Mercure – Tel. +33 (0) 388 328 080

Best Western – Tel. +33 (0) 388 143 914

Hotel Ibis – Tel. +33 (0) (0) 388 239 898

Hotel Ibis – Tel. +33 (0) 383 329 016

Hotel Adagio Access – Tel. +33 (0) 383 158 780



Auberge de Maître Pierre – Tel. +33 (0) 387 031 016

Cabane de Marine – Tel. +33 (0) 387 230 961

Erckmann Chatrian – Tel. +33 (0) 387 243 133

Restaurant Chez Jean – Tel. +33 (0) 388 911 019

Mercure – Tel. +33 (0) 388 328 080

Best Western – Tel. +33 (0) 388 143 914



In Hesse you will find a bakery and a restaurant, however to get your provisions you would need to travel to Sarrebourg, which is just 5km from the base. Here you will find several shops, a supermarket, restaurants and other services.


Local market

Phalsbourg every Friday morning


Tourist Info

Chapelle Des Cordeliers,

57400, Sarrebourg

Tel. +33 (0) 387 031 182




If you would like to do some fishing on your holiday around Hesse a fishing license is required. The fishing licence can be purchased in the Sports Superstore DECATHLON in Sarrebourg (closed on Sundays) or in advance online on the following website: www.cartedepeche.fr.