Large, light and hip ship with roofed terrace
Modern eco friendly houseboat apartment only 10 minutes from central station, in a quiet area
- Light and large houseboat holiday home
- Nearby restaurants and shops
- Location just outside the buzz
- Dutch design and architecture
- Roofed terrace overlooking the marina
Central but tranquil, private and light home in the the former passenger ship Sachsen-Anhalt 10 minutes from Central Station. On this houseboat you'll have a roofed terrace overlooking the pier, galley plus bedroom, bathroom and living room for a luxury stay in Amsterdam. You can even dive off the pier and swim around your ship.
Central but tranquil, private and light home in the stern half of the former passenger vessel Sachsen-Anhalt. You'll have 60 m2 to yourself with roofed terrace overlooking the pier, galley plus bedroom, bathroom and living room.
Welcome aboard! We have a special apartment on our former passenger ship available. You can call the rear part of that looong row of 13 windows yours. There's one bedroom with a double bed. There's plenty of room for an extra single bed, double bed or a children's bed which we have available.
In total your apartment measures up to 60 m2. You don't have to share anything with us, it's all yours.
We will be in the front part of the boat, sort of like close neighbours. Just let us know if you want some inside info on the Docklands or a secret design or restaurant tip.
Here in the Eastern Docklands you'll find a combination of space and cosiness. The area was laid out at a scale for the enormous ships traveling to the Dutch East Indies, so you'll feel the most space possible in Amsterdam. Since the docklands were rebuilt as a housing area there's a caf in both directions on the south facing quay within 200 meters, next to a bakery, some restaurants, interior- and bookshops, supermarkets and a park. Enough facilities for breakfast, you could even stay the day for a trip through the old harbours and modern architecture.
Public transport is available within 100m from the ship. Tram 10 will take you to Leidseplein in 15 minutes, bus 48 will take you to Central Station in 10 minutes. Or try a bike? From Schiphol Airport you'll need 20 minutes by taxi, or 45 minutes by train via Central Station and tram or bus to arrive at the Sachsen-Anhalt.
Party: If hanging out with your friends on our ship, alcohol and/or soft drugs are your main reason to visit, we advise you to book another house. On our pier you live in between children and our neighbours are sleeping right next to you.
WiFi: We have fast wireless internet.
Smoking: Smoking is allowed on the roofed terrace
Parking: spots are available but pricy. We have a cheap creative solution if you need to park for a day or more.
Sustainable energy: We make all the energy we use ourselves. Aheat pumpharvests energy from the outdoor temperature and warms the ship and your shower. Solar panels provide electricity. We do not use any gas or other fossilor carbon based energy sources.
Boatlife: yes you are on a boat. In windy situations you will feel some movement. Most people find this pleasurable.
Boatlife 2: Our waste disposal to the sewage system cannot take wet wipes or anything else than toilet paper.
Boatlife 3: In the morning, look where the wind is blowing from and open windows on the other side to prevent rain water from entering the ship.
Amenities: Your bed is made, towels are fresh. We have a blow dryer, iron, shampoo and a toothbrush if you might have forgotten them. The kitchenette has basics like coffee, tea ready for you to use. You only need to bring a small bag with your personal belongings.
Number of double beds: 2
Heating / cooling
Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Cycling / mountain biking
How to get there
From Schiphol Airport you'll need 20 minutes by taxi, or 45 minutes by train via Central Station and tram or bus to arrive at the Sachsen-Anhalt. From Central station it's a 10 minute bus ride that stops 100 meters away from our ship.
If you arrive by car, we have a special parking solution since you will most probably not use your car in Amsterdam.
About the area
Here in the Eastern Docklands you'll find a combination of space and cosyness. The area was laid out at a scale for the enormous ships traveling to the Dutch East Indies, so you'll feel the most space possible in Amsterdam. Since the docklands were rebuilt as a housing area there's a café in both directions on the south facing quay within 200 meters, next to a bakery, some restaurants, interior- and bookshops, supermarkets and a park. Enough facilities for breakfast, you could even stay the day for a trip through the old harbours and modern architecture.
I am a freelancer writing about the newest and finest in architecture and design in magazines and on websites. My husband Renze is a pilot, although his heart goes out to a his former job, navigating the seas. Our houseboat unites our fascinations: the passenger ship Sachsen-Anhalt that used to make day trips from the german town Magdeburg is renovated into a modern house on the water.
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22 Reviews - Large, light and hip ship with roofed terrace
Esther & Maurice M - the Netherlands
Quite possibly the best houseboat I ever stayed
The short version: a beautiful spacious modern and comfortable houseboat in one of the upcoming trendy but still very residential and quiet areas of Amsterdam, with good connectivity to the bustling city centre and wonderful and helpful hosts. We absolutely loved our stay here! The longer version: This houseboat is really large and roomy. Regular houseboats can feel a bit cramped due to their limited space, but this former passenger-ship was built to carry dozens of passengers. With windows on both sides of its entire length it has gorgeous views and provides an even more spacious atmosphere. It's been modernly decorated with lots of retro quirks all around. The living room is large enough for a group of friends or family to relax without being on top of each other all the time. The little terrace with hammock is a great place to have breakfast or have drinks watching the leisure work on the boats in the small passenger-harbour next to it. You can go for a swim around the boat from the pier or visit one of the many nearby informal 'city-beaches'. (The water was a lovely 24C in July.) The kitchen has everything you'll need and have you ever experienced bathing in a bath tub on board of a slightly rocking boat? (The boat is really stable because of its size, but it does float on water itself, so it'll slightly move every now and then.) With enough restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets nearby you might even be tempted to forget about the rest of Amsterdam and just enjoy the venue. However if you do want to visit the city centre, the nearby bus/tram-stop will directly take you everywhere you need to go: a tram goes all around the city centre, providing easy access to all the tourist hot-spots and there's a bus that will drop you off at central station in 12 minutes. (From where you can take the free ferries across to even more interesting new Amsterdam areas.) Ingeborg is an excellent source for tailored destinations - whether it's the main attractions or going off the beaten track, she has lists of tips for everyone's taste!
We had a great stay at Sachsen-Anhalt. A very spacious houseboat which did not disappoint at any point. We were welcomed by the owner, who lives in the other half of the boat, and who made it feel like we were crashing for a couple of days at a friends place (and more importantly: it still felt like that when we left). A well stocked kitchen, comfy furniture, the hammock outside on our private deck, table top games to play, a CD collection, a vinyl collection that hit a nostalgic sweet spot (and of course a turntable to play them on), loads of interesting books, wifi internet, digital television and also little life savers like the mobile phone adapter (I forgot my own), it all added to the great experience that we had. Public transport is very good too. Near the boat there's a stop at which two buses and a tram halt. Central station and the inner city are equally easy to reach using this transport. If you like running, I did a few runs and it was fun! Almost no traffic and since you're on an island, it's possible to run along and across the water of the IJ. Even though you're in a big city, it didn't feel like it on these runs. Thanks Ingeborg!
Matthew C - England
We had a great time in this fantastic boat. The location was ideal - nice and quiet yet in easy reach of all the usual tourist spots by tram or bus. The boat itself was amazing - huge living area, really nicely furnished with a great kitchen and bathroom. Lots of homely features such as board games, CD/LP collection and a lovely sitting area at the back of the boat with wood burner and limitless fuel. Ingeborg was a great host - informative, there when we wanted her but but not in our faces otherwise. A great place to stay.
Marcio N - Brazil
I had a nice experience at boathouse. Everything work very well.
My note from 0 to 10 is 10.
Brigitte S - Germany
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Ingeborg welcomed us very warmly at the agreed time and gave us a nice tour of the ship with lots of information about it and the area. Her tips were detailed and an absolute hit.
We only lived in the houseboat for two nights for only two nights and immediately felt comfortable. It was very clean (great bathroom and spacious! That's just important to me ;-) and everything we needed was there. The beds were lovingly made, couch, blankets, nice lighting, large selection of music, TV, everything picko-bello. In the evening we made ourselves comfortable in the covered area in front of the Swedish stove. Breakfast options around the corner, supermarket and public transport are very easy to reach and you can rent good bikes nearby at moderate prices.
We slept soundly, the houseboat is in a residential area.
Thank you for your great hospitality Ingeborg!
Jules - England
Fantastic location and peaceful
Fantastic location, peaceful and within minutes of a lovely bakery/cafe and bar/restaurant. The boat is extremely comfortable and very stylish. Comfortable sitting room and an outdoor terrace with table and chairs, perfect for relaxing with a book. You can catch a bus into the centre very close by. Ingeborg and Renze are very friendly and made us feel so welcome with lots of advice about what to see and where to go. I can highly recommend this lovely converted 1920s passenger boat.