Eastern Comfort



The hostel boats “EASTERN COMFORT” and “WESTERN COMFORT” are mooring between two very lively districts ( Friedrichshain & Kreuzberg) in the centre of town. The crew is looking forward to welcome you onboard with their modern, friendly and unique atmosphere in Berlin! Through the portholes of our 2nd class four-bed, triple-bed, single-bed, but mainly double bed cabins, you can see and hear the rippling of the river 'Spree', the main river leading through Berlin.

All cabins on the Eastern Comfort have their own toilet/shower. For the ones of you, who like it very comfortable, we offer large 1st class single & double cabins. Our lower budget travellers can choose cabins on the Western Comfort with shared bathroom facilities. For the colder period of the year, both boats are equipped with central heating system in every cabin but also fire place in our common area and lounge.

Children under 6 years of age, non swimmers, pets (cat on board!) are for security reasons not allowed.


Common area

At the reception area in the bow and at the stern of the ship you'll find community area with TV, internet access, telephone and smoking possibilities (on deck only). Inside the boat is nonsmoking in all areas.

Needless to say, you are always welcome in our upper deck lounge and café to chill out and watch the sun set over Berlin and have a drink; small snacks, seaman like little meals and cakes are also available.


The Western Comfort

Our new boat “WESTERN COMFORT” is moored just next to “EASTERN COMFORT”. It offers 18 x 2nd class cabins with large windows. Showers and toilets are central located outside the cabins on the upper deck. All services like reception checkin/out, breakfast, lounge etc. only on “EASTERN COMFORT”.


We offer

  • a friendly and helpful crew that welcomes you
  • Wireless-Lan/hot-spot free of charge (your own computer)
  • internet 1,- €/half hour (our computer)
  • no curfew, open 24h with door code
  • reception: 8h00 - 24h00
  • check-in 16h00 - 24h00 (earlier check-ins can store the luggage)
  • check-out 11h midday Eastern Comfort & 12h midday Western Comfort
  • boat shuttle
  • “all you can eat/drink” breakfast 8:30am-11:00am only 6,- €
  • non smoking (only on deck please)
  • bicycle-hire
  • laundry service 5,- €/load
  • visa, master, EC, cash expected
  • shops/supermarket in walkingdistance
  • free citymaps
  • free citymagazins/program
  • central heating & fire place
  • soda & snack machines
  • babybeds
  • babysitterservice (on request)
  • early “check In”/late ”check out”  (as bookingsituation allows 5,- €/h)
  • free boat mooring
  • daytime cabins (on request)


The lounge

You can chill out with a german beer, a drink or a little snack, after a long days walk through town in our lounge or on the spacious top sundeck.

Fixed events: please have a look at our lounge.


Eastern Comfort Video Footage

Eastern Comfort on tvb.de



The ship was built in 1991 under the Name "Frederic the Great” for the "White Fleet Potsdam” at the shipyard of Genthin and was meant to travel together with three other identical sections and a push boat at the back over the rivers of Europe. It never happened. The ship was used as a permanent hotel in Potsdam. Then it was sold to a new owner at the German coast.

During the EXPO 2000 it was run as a hotel and restaurant under the name "Rüstringer Friese” in Wilhelmshaven at the German coast. The upper Deck was built on top.

After the owner went bankrupt, the ship lay empty for three years an waited for a new owner. The new owner came under the name of Capt. Edgar and bought the ship after long negotiations and brought it with a great effort to Berlin.

The ship has opened it’s portholes for backpacker in March 2005 The ship has a pontoon-formed body without an own engine. It has own fresh- and sewage water tanks. It has its own fire pumps, hydraulic doors in the lower floor, an own sewage plant.

The hull is built of 8mm steel.

The name "EASTERN COMFORT” is a tribute to the nearby wall and former East sector, comfort stands for a comfortable stay, and for a well known alcohol brand. It is an easy to remember and internationally understood name.


Environmental claim

Where does our energy come from?

What you are a part of during your stay...

  • WATER: heated by the sun through solar panels
  • HEAT: generated by pumps through terrestrial heat
  • LIGHT: low energy (LED lights)
  • ELECTRICITY: solar panels give the power for your electronic devices
  • TRANSPORT: our electric car and bicycle make running errands and shopping for the hostel environmentally friendly
  • TOURS: on our Captn’s electric boat and…
  • GREEN: we have built plant" islands" for the birds mating on the landside to add some green to this urban jungle…

You too can do your bit for the planet...

please use the water sparingly and turn the lights off when you leave the cabin