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Neckar boat trips

A must-do experience is a trip on the Neckar River aboard an elegant boat in the Neckar Käpt'n fleet.

Blick auf das kulinarische Flaggschiff Wilhelma
© Neckar-Käpt'n, Maks Richter
Blick auf den vollbesetzten, schwimmenden Neckarbesen
© Neckar-Käpt'n, Maks Richter
Blick auf eines der Neckar Käpt'n Schiffe an einer Anlegestelle
© Neckar-Käpt'n, Maks Richter

Exploring the Neckar by boat

From Stuttgart, the Neckar River flows north, curving around Ludwigsburg on its way to join the Rhine. We think that “our” stretch of the river is particularly beautiful, with views that change according to the season and even the time of day.

To see what we mean, board a boat! Take one of the regular, scheduled ferry services, a short cruise or a themed cruise, perhaps for brunch or a wine-tasting. Highlights along the way include valleys, where terraced vineyards with ancient dry stone walls cover steep slopes. Between Mundelsheim and Hessigheim, look up to the towering cliffs of the Felsengärten, a favorite challenge for rock climbers. A fun and fascinating lesson in old-school technology is watching the ship move through the many locks. In Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck, Zugwiesen and Marbach, the river banks around the landing stages are dedicated to plants, bugs and animals. That is all part of the eco-friendly philosophy of our region!

Insider Tips

  • Experience tip: the Neckar Käpt'n fleet has 5 boats that offer special adventures, from sunset cruises to culinary specials!

Prices, opening hours & information

Tickets and prices

Details of the routes, schedules, dates, times and ways to buy tickets are online for trips from Stuttgart via Poppenweiler/Zugwiesen and Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck to Marbach:

Stuttgart – Marbach route
Categories Ticket price
Adult one-way ticket € 19.00 
Adult round-trip ticket € 24.90
Child one-way ticket (5-14 years) € 7.00
Child round-trip ticket (5-14 years) € 10.00
Child (0-4 years) free of charge
Family day ticket
(max. 2 adults, up to 4 children under 14 years)
€ 49.00
Groups of 15 or more get a 10% when booking direct  
Categories Ticket price
Bicycles (weekends on request) € 10.00
Single-stop ticket € 5.00
Dogs (must stay on a leash on board) € 3.50


Neckar-Käpt'n cruises do not run every day. Monday is always a rest day. You can find detailed information about the trips, such as departure days and times, online at

Stuttgart - Marbach route
To Marbach To Stuttgart
Stop Depart Stop Depart
Stuttgart/Wilhelma 11.00 am Benningen 2.15 pm
Mühlhausen 11.45 am Marbach 3.00 pm
Aldingen 12.00 pm LB-Hoheneck 3.45 pm
Neckargröningen 12.20 pm Poppenweiler/Zugwiesen 4.15 pm
Poppenweiler/Zugwiesen 12.45 pm Neckargröningen 4.30 pm
LB-Hoheneck 1.05 pm Aldingen 4.55 pm
Marbach 1.40 pm Mühlhausen 5.20 pm
Benningen 1.50 pm Stuttgart/Wilhelma 6.00 pm



There is wheelchair access at the Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck pier.

Contact us

Neckar-Käpt'n Cruises
Berta Epple GmbH + Co.KG
Gänsheidestraße 52
70184 Stuttgart
Tel: +49 711 54997060
Fax: +49 711 54997080

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Zwei Menschen sitzen in einem gelben Kanu, beide haben Paddel in der Hand und spritzen mit Wasser um sich

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Luftaufnahme eines Seeschlosses mit einem kleinen Boot auf dem Wasser.

Monrepos overlooks a lake. Go boating, play golf on the nearby course or have a tasting at the winery.

Das Jagd- und Lustschloss Favorite auf einer grünen Wiese umgeben von Bäumen.

Built as a hunting lodge and summer retreat, the 300-year-old Favorite Palace is set in a wooded park.

Die Theke der Touristeninformation, Innenansicht

When you get to Ludwigsburg, start here at the Tourist Information Center. Our staff are locals, who know what’s on, where to go and what to see.

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