View of the boat, with canoe, in late autumn, very low tide.
In wintertime with very high tide. The water can rise up to 9 meters extra, leaving most of the land 'drowned' for some time. Boat is connected to 2 big steel poles, very safe.
High tide. All the land you see here will disappear within some days, changing the river into a very big lake.
View from terrace on the dyke.
Entrance in spring.
Low tide in summer time. Five meters in front of the boat a strand appears where wild horses regularly play, graze and drink.
Also bovine animals and calfs graze and drink in this area.
View towards the Waal during low tide in winter, with beach, passing boats and hikers on footbridge.
Entrance to nature park, passing boats, low tide, autumn, 150 meters.
Terrace with shade sail, the river in the background with footbridge giving entrance to the nature park.
Terrace on the other side, where you enter the boat with parasol.
Living room downstairs with piano, kitchen and dining table/chairs.
Kitchen with kitchen island.
Kitchen with equipment, kitchen island.
Main stairs in living room taking you up.
Master bedroom donwstairs.
Hall, the two doors on the left lead to bathroom and toilet.
Bathroom and toilet.
Bath tub in bathroom.
Shower with two swinging doors in the bathroom.
Living room upstairs.
Living room upstairs, TV.
Bedroom upstairs with folding sofa.
Toilet upstairs.
Kichenette upstairs, door to toilet (left) and terraces upstairs.
Probably the best sight seeing spot in Nijmegen: restaurant Belvédère, at only 400 meters.
Overview over the river Waal and Waal bridge from terrace restaurant Belvedérè.
Night life at Eastern harbour, during high tide (200 meters); illuminated boat is Opoe (Grandma) Sientje, the nearest bar, all year open. In summer there's a big terrace outside.
Opoe Sientje with (small) terrace in autumn, during low tide.
View from the Eastern harbour, with the famous (old) Waal bridge in front, 200 meters from our boat.
A lot of birds (here: seagulls) in het Meertje in late autumn.


Unique houseboat,150 m2, quietly situated in a side-arm of the Waal-river (Rhine), near the centre of Nijmegen, oldest city of the Netherlands.

Excellent! 5/5 (1 review)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. View towards natural park, beach, river, passing ships
  2. 5 Different terraces on/near the boat (always sunshine)
  3. Historic city centre is nearby
  1. Walking, biking, swimming, fishing, bird watching
  2. 2 Bikes, canoe available (2 persons)
  3. Nice region: lots of forests / hills / lakes / cities

Houseboat summary

The boat is situated in 'Het Meertje', a side-arm of the river Waal (Rhine), together with 10 other boats. The location is on the edge of the Nijmegen city centre and the rural Ooij-polder where you can bike, walk and relax endlessly. Did you know by the way that Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands and that in 2021 the Roman limes were put on Unesco's World Heritage list? Also in terms of health, green and sustainability, Nijmegen scores internationally very high.  


Houseboat description

We have 5 different terraces on and around the boat where you can sit, relax and enjoy sunshine or shadow all day: 4 of them are on the boat, one big terrace is on the dyke, where our garden lies.

The kitchen is functional and basic, not super luxurious. We don't have a dishwasher, nor a micro wave. But we do have a kitchen island, we cook on gas. And of course a toaster, coffee machine and water cooker. To the kitchen attached is a big living space, with a dining table, chairs and stereo set (and a piano). 

Downstairs there is furthermore a hall, toilet, bathroom and the master bedroom.  

Two different stairs bring you to the first floor. Here you find another bedroom, toilet, washbasin, small kitchenette and the central living room, with TV and stereo set. 

The whole accommodation is about 150 m2.   

The houseboat is not suitable for families with little children who cannot swim. Not all sections of the boat have a fence that protects against falling into the water. 

You can swim in 'Het Meertje'. There's a swimming pool ladder on the boat, that takes you directly to the water. Diving is not permitted, because the water can be rather shallow.

There is a yellow canoe for 2 persons that may be used. Of course this is at your own risk. 



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Property type

Moored houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 10:00 and 18:00.

Check out before 12:00.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

King size beds: 2


There's a master bedroom with a big double bed for 2 people downstairs. On the first floor there's a fold out sofa, also for 2 people. The first floor has it's own toilet and kitchenette. The bathroom is downstairs (shower, bath tub, washbasin, separated from toilet). 

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday type

Historic / sightseeing
Town / city
Holiday resort

Lake / riverside


Fully equipped kitchen
Washing machine
Linen provided

Towels provided
Hair dryer
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player
WiFi / internet

Internet access

Indoor facilities



Outdoor facilities

Barbeque / braai
Shared swimming pool

Beach / sport equipment
Mooring sloop / boat possible

Heating / cooling

Central heating
Room fans

Electric fans

We don't have an open fireplace, but we do have a terrace on the dyke with a multi-burner.


Panoramic views
City views

Close to the beach
Close to the shops

The distance to the city center is about 0,5 km. The entrance to the Ooij polder is just 200 meters. The beaches on the river Waal are just around the corner.

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking
Horse riding

Cycling / mountain biking
Amusement park / water park




45 km


0.2 km


0.2 km

Golf course

13 km


3 km

Night club

1 km


0.4 km

Super market

1 km

Train station

3 km

How to get there

Maps suggests that our exact location/address (het Meertje 3) lies a little ahead. It's therefore better/safer to put Ubbergseweg 12  in your navigation. 

Number 12 is situated opposite to the entrance path to our boat. The Ubbergseweg is the main road, where you also park the car. 

Car parking: tariff in our zone is € 1,60 per hour, Monday till Saturday (9-18 hours). Thursday night (18-21) is late night shopping, also € 1,60 per hour. A day ticket (9-18) costs € 12,50. Sundays are free of charge. 

About the area

The Nijmegen region is beautiful and diverse: the city itself is old, with a young vibe, partly because of the presence of the Radboud University. Lots of cultural offers, bars, restaurants, festivals (including De Vierdaagse, world famous walking event in July). 

In the region you'll find forests, hills, heath fields, lakes, rivers and streams, beaches, small villages and 'polders'. The German border is about 5 kilometers away; cities like Düsseldorf, Essen, Duisburg and Köln can all be reached within a 2 hours drive. 

In the Netherlands, Nijmegen is situated in the eastern part of the country. Together with Arnhem (20 kilometers) Nijmegen forms a city region. 

Amsterdam is about 120 kilometers away. By car or train (direct line) reachable in 1,5 hour. Rotterdam is also about 120 kilometers, Utrecht 85, The Hague 135, Eindhoven 80, Maastricht 140, Antwerp 160, Brussels 205.   

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Houseboat owner


Hello fellow travellers and boat lovers. Thank you, for your interest in staying at our lovely houseboat in Nijmegen. You won't regret it. Nijmegen is a cool and lively city, the region is wonderful, there's a lot to do and to discover. And our boat is a fantastic place, beautifully situated, super central, and at the same time very quiet.

So welcome and enjoy. Have a nice stay.

See you.

Christel & Frank.

Response time
Normally within less than one hour
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German, Portuguese

1 Review - Jodocus

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Fenna - Germany

    10 Nov

    Lovely place to stay

    We had a great stay on Christel & Frank's houseboat, they we're very welcoming and made us feel at home right away. It isn't a long drive from Dortmund while you do have a complete new and unique experience. A great solution for those who want to stay a bit closer to home these days. We loved the calm of the area where the boat is located and also having the city center so close-by. Would recommend! Tschüss Fenna

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