The Neckar Captain Stuttgart

Experience Stuttgart's surroundings from a different perspective

As a tributary of the Rhine, the Neckar stretches over 367 kilometres mainly across Baden-Württemberg and is thus naturally also a cultural component of the state capital Stuttgart! The Neckar is navigable from Plochingen, not far from Stuttgart, all the way to Mannheim - and offers a perspective from the water on the neighbouring cities that you rarely get otherwise. If you want to experience this view of Stuttgart's surroundings, the NeckarKäpt'n is your suitable port of call. Its fleet offers adventure and scheduled cruises from Esslingen to Kirchheim and lets you perceive the surroundings as they have not yet been viewed even by many local residents.

Piers and boarding points

The main landing stage of the 'Neckar Captain', as it is called in English-speaking countries, is located directly at the Wilhelma zoological-botanical gardens - less than 20 minutes by public transport from our Hotel Wartburg! Other landing stages on your boat trip are
Upstream Downstream Due to the high water dams, barrier-free access to the ship is only possible in Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck. Unfortunately, there are some steps to climb for access to most of the ships and the staff of the Neckar Kapitän cannot carry wheelchair users over the stairs for insurance reasons. Therefore, the team asks for sufficient supporting hands if needed.

Our excursion tips along the Neckar

Not only can you get to know Stuttgart on the Neckar Käpt'n, but you can also visit a variety of cultural attractions along the Neckar at the landing stages, such as the world-famous Marbach Literature Museums, or enjoy the breathtaking view of the regional vineyards. Especially in autumn, the eyes can hardly get enough of the magnificently varying hues, which, due to the different grape varieties, make the vineyard look like an autumnal colour palette.
This map will give you a brief insight into the route and mooring points with the nearby excursion options:

Want to know more about the towns you pass on your boat trip?
Then take a look at this page

Timetable and fleet

As the Neckar Käpt'n Stuttgart ships do not sail daily, you should enquire about the sailing times before your visit. You can get an overview of the scheduled trips
In addition to scheduled cruises, the Neckar Captain also offers experience cruises and events where the boat trip remains in the memory as a unique memory.
The schedule for current events can be found on
this page
Of course, we don't want to deprive you of the NeckarKäptn's impressive fleet - after all, you want to know to whom you entrust your safety on the Neckar. So here is a brief introduction to the individual ships: If you want to organise an event in Stuttgart's waters yourself, be it a family celebration or a company party, you can book ships exclusively yourself - more information on this is available here

Prices and booking

The prices for your trip on the Neckar range from 5 euros to 19 euros, depending on the route. A reduced price is available for Bicycles can be taken along for an additional charge of 10 euros; if you are travelling as a bicycle group, the NeckarKäpt'n asks that you register in advance for planning purposes. A more detailed list of prices can be found here
You can either book your ticket online
by e-mail at or on site at the 'Kartenhäusle'.
If you still have questions regarding booking, you can call the Neckar Captain Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm on 0711 54 99 70 60. Please note: On Tuesdays the office is not available by telephone!

Culinary provision

If you get hungry on the way or fancy a glass of wine or beer, Neckar Käpt'n Stuttgart will provide you with regional food, wine from the regional Weinfactum and the local Stuttgarter Hofbräu - so you get the complete local Stuttgart experience! So not only your eyes, but also your palate will get a lasting impression of Southern Germany. Have you worked up an appetite? Then take a look at the menu

as a foretaste.

Corona regulations

You can find the current regulations on this page. If you have any other questions regarding the Corona regulations applicable in Stuttgart, we will be happy to inform you at reception.

Arrival and contact

The address of the Neckar Käpt'n and its home port is the Anlegestelle Wilhelma
70376 Stuttgart. From our Hotel Wartburg you can reach it in 17 minutes by underground (U14 direction Mühlhausen Stuttgart) from the stop Rotebühlplatz (city centre), which is only a 2-minute walk from us. Should you wish to travel by car, you will find parking spaces on Schönestraße, Wasen or in the Mahle multi-storey car park.



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