Here's your ship, situated in the harbour at the Eastern Doc
Here's the ship Sachsen-Anhalt seen from the Verbindingsdam.
The view when entering the ship from the stern, where you'll be. You will have 60 square meters to easily fit 4 people but be cosy with 2 as well.
The spacious bathroom has been recently remodelled. We have a bath, shower, toilet, wash bassin and underfloor heating to feel comfortable.
The spacious galley (kitchen) with dishwasher, fridge, Nespresso and more ... You'll find some aviation items like these flight trolleys.
This bedroom sleeps two. We have different pillows and natural material duvets to choose from according to your need for warmth. Baby bed and extra bed available.
Two extra people can sleep in this double bed, set up with a shared or two separate duvets on request.
Imagine sitting here with a cosy fire and bbq, overlooking the harbour seeing ships pass by.
Public Transport is 100 meters away. The bus will take you to Central Station in 10 minutes, the tram to Museum District takes 15 minutes. Our street has restaurants and shops.
We like to see happy faces!
Your ship has been featured in several international interior design magazines, like InsideOut.
The spacious kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, Nespresso.
From the day bed you can get up close and personal with Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring".
Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away...
The view when entering the ship from the stern, where you'll be. You will have 60 square meters to easily fit 4 people but be cosy with 2 as well.
The ship was built in 1929 and has cruised the river Elbe.
The stern part is yours, we live in the front like neighbors

Large, light and hip ship with roofed terrace

Modern eco friendly houseboat apartment only 10 minutes from central station, in a quiet area

Excellent! 5/5 (23 reviews)

Houseboat highlights

  1. Light and large houseboat holiday home
  2. Nearby restaurants and shops
  3. Location just outside the buzz
  1. Dutch design and architecture
  2. Roofed terrace overlooking the marina

Houseboat summary

Tot 1 juni is mijn studio voor 2 personen tegen kostprijs te huur voor zorgpersoneel en andere professionals die helpen de Corona-crisis te bestrijden. Er is een privé ingang, dus contact is niet nodig. De ruimte heeft een kitchenette met wasbak, waterkoker, koffieapparaat en kleine koelkast. Vanwege regelgeving is er helaas geen kookgelegenheid. Bij de aanvraag graag vermelden voor welke instantie u werkt. Indien er budget is om overnachtingen te declareren, zou ik graag een bescheiden tarief van 30 euro/nacht in rekening brengen. Zo niet, dan kunt u tegen kostprijs verblijven (schoonmaakkosten). 

Until June 1, my studio for 2 persons can be rented at cost for healthcare staff and other professionals who help to fight the Corona crisis. There is a private entrance, so no contact is needed. The space has a kitchenette with sink, kettle, coffee maker and small refrigerator. Due to regulations, there is unfortunately no cooking facilities. If there is a budget to declare overnight stays, I would like to charge a modest rate of 30 euros / night. If not, you can stay at cost (cleaning costs).

Houseboat description

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 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.

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. A heat pump harvests energy from the outdoor temperature and warms the ship and your shower. Solar panels provide electricity. We do not use any gas or other fossil or 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.

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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 14:00 and 23:00.

Check out before 11:00.


1 Bedroom, 4 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2


In our 100 square meter holiday home, you'll find a bedroom that sleeps two. We have different pillows and natural material duvets to choose from according to your need for warmth. It's a quiet bedroom with closet space. The only thing you'll hear is the sleepy sound of waves against the hull.Baby bed and extra double bed are available.

The day bed can be made into a real double bed. You can sleep under Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring". An art piece from the Dutch master admired by millions, at your home.


Number of toilets: 1

Holiday Type

Historic / Sightseeing
Town / City

Lake / Riverside
Sporting Activities


Washing Machine
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Beach Towels Provided
Dining Table & Chairs

Hair dryer


Music System / CD Player
Satellite / Cable Tv

WiFi / Internet
Internet Access

Outdoor Facilities

Barbeque / Braai
Terrace / Balcony

Shared Swimming Pool

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating

Open Fireplace

Sustainable energy: We make all the energy we use ourselves. A heat pump harvests energy from the outdoor temperature and warms the ship and your shower. There's a pellet stove for a little temporary extra heating, if you like. Solar panels provide electricity. We do not use any gas or other fossil or carbon based sources.


Panoramic Views
City Views

Close To The Shops



Child /baby Cot
Child Friendly

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports
Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking




15 km


0 km


30 km

Motor way

4 km

Night club

1 km


0 km

Super market

0 km

Train station

2 km

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.

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Houseboat owner


Hello traveller,

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.

Best from Amsterdam, Ingeborg

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken
English, Dutch, French

23 Reviews - Large, light and hip ship with roofed terrace

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Marlon - England

    24 Apr

    Charming informative host. Beautiful boat!

    Charming informative host. Beautiful boat!

  2. sergio g - England

    04 May

    Great boat

    We stayed at Ingeborg's supper nice boat for Kingsday and it was brilliant.

    Ingeborg was extremely helpful with directions, tips and very friendly. Communication before the trip was very good.

    The boat has everything you need for a short visit to Amsterdam. It's central yet not in the middle, which is great. It's bright, comfy and the wood burner outside is fantastic.

    Great stay. Recommended!

  3. Esther & Maurice M - the Netherlands

    11 Jul

    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!

  4. Martin S - England

    30 Oct

    What a houseboat, what a host

    Once you have stayed at the Sachsen Anhalt, you know what love is. Love for interior design, love for hosting, love for life. Thanks Ingeborg for making our holiday unforgettable!

  5. Wendy N - the United States

    03 Nov

    Simply Serendipitous

    From the moment that Ingeborg graciously accepted our last minute request, we knew we would enjoy our stay. However, no pictures or kind words could really express how perfect the houseboat was. 

    We received a warm and cheerful welcome from Ingeborg, whose exceptional organizational skills were evident in her detailed lists and emails on fun things to do in the area. Sachsen-Anhalt's lively exterior and tasteful decor was extremely inviting and inside was a designer's paradise with just the right amount of style and color. 

    We enjoyed making our meals in the large galley and then settling down to dine and listen to some of Ingeborg's and Renze's diverse music collection while looking at the sky through the large windows. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We especially enjoyed walking around the dockside, relaxing on deck by the fire and meeting Ingeborg and Renze. 

    We can't wait to revisit Sachsen-Anhalt and recommend to anyone seeking a wonderful mix of fun and relaxation on a large houseboat in a beautiful and quiet setting.

  6. Marcus R - the United States

    11 Aug

    Great place to begin discovering Amsterdam.

    The Sachsen- Anhalt ship is located a little bit from the noise and party atmosphere of the central district of Amsterdam.  The ship is large and a wonderful place to call home for our family visit to Amsterdam.  Ingeborg was a great hostess and showed us how to easily use the kitchenette and grocery facilities close by.  Amsterdam is a city with wonderful design on the water and on a bike.  The ship is also represented with these design details.  You will love your stay.

  7. Russell - the United States

    17 Jan

    Fantastic host with great suggestions

    Ingeborg is a fantastic host with great suggestions and knowledge of the area. The boat is a perfect place to call home while visiting the city, it is well located and really offers a nice setting. I hope to stay here again next time I am in Amsterdam!

  8. - Thailand

    14 Mar

    Exactly like in the pictures

    Ingeborg's place is exactly like in the pictures. Her place is clean and very nice. Ingeborg also is very helpful and informative host. She gave us a lot of suggestions of to places that are not too touristy. The fact that she is living in another side of the boat makes it very easy to check-in/out and contact her. I surely will recommend her houseboat to a friend.

  9. Silje G - Norway

    13 May

    Wonderful and comfortable!

    We enjoyed our stay immensely! The interior is both stylish and comfortable. The kitchen is well supplied and the deck is a great space for outdoor meals. The location is peaceful, but with shops and restaurants within walking distance. Ingeborg was very helpful, nice, and easy to communicate with.


  10. Answorth Fam. - England

    14 Jun

    Wonderful houseboat on very special location

    Thanks for everything - completely agree with the other 5-star ratings !

  11. - Germany

    04 Oct

    Vielen Dank für ein wunderbare Zeit

  12. Veronica - Australia

    02 Jan

    Truly fabulous experience

    Staying on this houseboat was a truly fabulous experience. The decor was modern and inviting and the houseboat was very spacious for the 2 of us. Despite the cold weather outside the houseboat was warm and very comfortable, the hot bath was welcome after a day exploring Amsterdam. The area was quiet and scenic and a lovely change from the business of Amsterdam Central. It is only a short bus or tram ride into all the sights of the city though there is plenty to explore around the local area. We would love to come back in the Summer!

  13. Adam M - England

    28 May

    Just Brilliant!

    We couldn't recommend Sachsen-Anhalt more! It's perfect for a family of 5 (very rare for a houseboat) and you will feel immediately at home. It's just really cool to be in, from the retro record player, lego set and amazing deck to relax on. The houseboat is found in a residential part of Amsterdam, but not far from the centre. Having always stayed in the middle of town, we found this location much more interesting, with a fantastic vibe. We'll be back! A brilliant houseboat and a brilliant neighbourhood.
  14. Andreas R - Germany

    08 Oct

    supercool location

    We just spent 4 nights on this cool boat. It's very clean, stylish and fully equipped at the same time. For 3 persons there's plenty of space, even a 4th person would fit well. The hosts Ingeborg and Renze took good care of us, they live in the front side of the boat. We really liked the Eastern docklands where the boat is located, very hip area and not so crowded - but only good 10 minutes from downtown by tram. We will come back soon, but at warmer times so that we can use the nice terrace.

  15. Brigitte S - Germany

    16 May war so schön! Grandios! Wo fange ich an ??

    Ingeborg begrüsste uns sehr herzlich zur verabredeten Zeit und gab uns eine nette Führung durchs Schiff mit vielen Infos dazu und zur Umgebung. Ihre Tipps waren detailliert und absolute Volltreffer.

    Wir haben das Hausboot nur zu Zweit für nur 2 Übernachtungen bewohnt und haben uns auf Anhieb wohlgefühlt. Es war sehr sauber (Bad top und geräumig! Das ist mir halt wichtig ;-) und es war alles da, was wir brauchten. Die Betten waren liebevoll gerichtet, Couch, Decken, nette Beleuchtung, große Musikauswahl, TV, alles picko-bello. Abends haben wir es uns im überdachten Bereich vor dem Schwedenofen gemütlich gemacht. Frühstücksmöglichkeit um die Ecke, Supermarkt und Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel sind sehr gut erreichbar und man kann in der Nähe gute Räder zu moderaten Preisen mieten.

    Wir haben ruhig geschlafen, das Hausboot liegt in einer Wohngegend.

    Vielen Dank für Deine großartige Gastfreundschaft Ingeborg!




  16. Jeanne F - the United States

    26 Jul

    Lovely stay!!

    We spent three lovely nights on Ingeborg and Renzo's houseboat. It had everything you could need!! My son and I sat out on the back deck and read together for hours each night. One afternoon I even fell asleep in the hammock....SO NICE. The bathroom was great, kitchen was easy and comfortable and had everything you might need. Ingeborg greeted us and gave us a tour of the boat first along with lots of tips on things nearby. After mentioning we were headed to the north for a few days after we left the houseboat, she followed up with a great email full of insider tips and spots to see that we never would have found without her guidance! The house is full of thoughtfulness and things that make you comfortable. We would happily return the next time we are in Amsterdam!!

  17. Lydia - the Netherlands

    17 Nov

    Most charming houseboat in a great area

    The Eastern Docks may not be known to the large tourist masses, and that is a great thing. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the great houseboat of Ingeborg, and highly appreciate the effort she has put in her houseboat. You will feel at home as soon as you get aboard - at least that is what we did. 

    About the surroundings: you have great wide views, some really interesting restaurants and architecture and good public transport connections. Highly recommended house boat!

  18. David S - the Czech Republic

    10 May

    Fantastic place to stay in Am'dam

    Great attentive host, spacious place given Am'dam standards. Kitchen and bathroom are modern, clean and functional comparable to 4stars hotel standards. Living room is hip with powerful stereo system and loads of CDs to enjoy. Fantastic views of canal. We used bikes to get around and you can be downtown in 10 minutes. Highly recommend to everyone looking for more adventurous side of travel.

  19. Marcio N - Brazil

    20 Oct


    I had a nice experience at boathouse. Everything work very well.

    My note from 0 to 10 is 10.



  20. Robert K - Ireland

    18 Sep

    Expetatio exceeded.

    What an amazing houseboat and if you book this you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The accommodation is far more spacious than the photos do justice and the large windows flood the tastefully decorated interior with sunlight. There are thoughtful and tasteful decorative touches all over and the furniture is practical and comfortable. All the facilities you need are available, spotless and working. As for your hostesses... Ingeborg is a delight and makes you feel settle and comfortable instantly. She is wonderful, friendly and super knowledgeable and takes you on a live tour of the space, she also has valuable insights for you of the local area and Amsterdam in general. An exceptional find that I cant wait to return too. Thank you for everything. 

  21. Matthew C - England

    27 Oct

    Fantastic stay

    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. 

  22. Jules - England

    03 May

    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.

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