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The McBoat: The Amazing German McDonald’s Where Customers Get Food By The Water

Forget the drive-thru … try a FLOAT-thru! The incredible ‘McBoat’ next to the canal, where customers can receive food at their mooring place on a jetty

  • The ‘McBoat’, which opened in 2015, is next to the Mittelkanal in Hamburg.
  • Customers can paddle to the jetty and order via the McDonald’s Germany app
  • The ‘McBoat’ drive-thru facility is open 24 hours a day in spring and summer.


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Are you a fast food lover who wants to push the boat? Then try the ‘McBoat’.

It’s a McDonald’s in Hamburg on the banks of the Mittelkanal, a canal that empties into the Elbe River, which has a unique take on the ‘drive-thru’ experience.

Customers in a boat or canoe can dock at ‘McBoat’s jetty and order through the McDonald’s app, with restaurant staff delivering their food as they float on the water.

The McBoat can be found on the banks of the Mittelkanal in Hamburg.

The McBoat can be found on the banks of the Mittelkanal in Hamburg.

The McBoat opened in 2015 and is open 24 hours a day during the spring and summer.

The McBoat opened in 2015 and is open 24 hours a day during the spring and summer.

The McBoat opened in 2015 and is open 24 hours a day during the spring and summer.

The iconic Golden Arches mark the jetty, which has a staircase leading to the restaurant.

Previously, there was an intercom kiosk on the McBoat dock, but it has since been usurped by the McDonald’s Germany mobile app.

The rest of the restaurant, which can be accessed from a street called ‘Eiffestrasse’, works like a normal McDonald’s with self-service, although in Germany it is known as ‘McDrive’.

British YouTuber Tom Scott recently visited the McBoat and was filmed paddling to the dock in a kayak.

British YouTuber Tom Scott recently visited the McBoat and was filmed paddling to the dock in a kayak.

British YouTuber Tom Scott recently visited the McBoat and was filmed paddling to the dock in a kayak.

A local, who was impressed by the novelty of McBoat, wrote on Instagram: ‘Our restaurant on Eiffestrasse in Hamburg has the only McBoat counter. It actually works like the McDrive. You moor your boat and then you can place your order in an order column. It is delivered to the jetty and then eaten on the boat, if desired. Class!’

British YouTuber Tom Scott recently visited the McBoat, which opened in 2015, and was filmed paddling a kayak to the dock and following the instructions, as written on a large sign, to use the app.

In its YouTube video of the experience, says: “When I heard that the world’s only floating McDonald’s was in a small canal on the Elbe River in Germany, I thought it was probably worth a visit.”

The restaurant is accessible from a street called 'Eiffestrasse'

The restaurant is accessible from a street called 'Eiffestrasse'

The restaurant is accessible from a street called ‘Eiffestrasse’

McDonald’s manager Adrian Dudziak tells Scott: “People are very happy to see this, because they read or saw this on Instagram, and they come especially for this.”

For those hoping to visit the McBoat for a Big Mac, it is open 24 hours a day during the spring and summer, but closes completely in the winter.

The McBoat is not the first time that the McDonald’s corporation has immersed itself in the world of aquatic restaurants.

Pictured is the interior of McBoat, which is unique to the McDonald's corporation.

Pictured is the interior of McBoat, which is unique to the McDonald's corporation.

Pictured is the interior of McBoat, which is unique to the McDonald’s corporation.

In the 1980s, the ‘McBarge’ was unveiled at the World’s Fair at Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Canada, which revolved around the theme: ‘Transportation and communication: the world in motion, the world in touch’.

The McBarge, which was also known as the Friendship 500, functioned as a floating restaurant at the event, but was left empty after the Expo came to a close.

In 1991, the McBarge relocated to Burrard Inlet in Canada, where it has been anchored for the past three decades.

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