- "Hi, yeah, do you do *sniggers* coke floats? No? Ah, I'll try Boat-ger King."

Check out this float-thru McDonald's

"Every McDonald's is the same" Well? Not all of them!

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I shan't lie, I do enjoy a McDonald's from time to time. Sometimes nothing hits the spot quite like a hot, greasy bag of rubbish. You know it's bad for you, you know you'll inevitably regret it later as you reach for the stinking bag from the passenger footwell of your car when you get home. Or if you're a terrible person you leave your detritus there to fester. Regardless, the megalith of the Quick Serve Restaurant world feeds around 68 million people every year. For context, the population of the United Kingdom is 67 million. And all those people are fed from locations that are all by and large the same. Where ever you go in the world you'll instantly recognise a McDonald's. Even if you're on a river in Germany.

Yes, you read that right, in Germany, you can float up to the McDonald's on the Elbe river and order from the restaurant as you would a drive-through. Then once your food is ready, one of the servers walks out of the restaurant, down to the pontoon and drops it off. Here it is in action;

The location opened up with its float-thru in 2015 but recently hit the spotlight after Tom Scott released that video. McBoat once had the traditional microphone and speaker set up for customers, this has since been phased out in favour of a smartphone app.

The pontoon service site is open 24/7 through the spring and summer to meet the needs of those on the waterways, but as numbers decline going into autumn and winter, they stop serving those on the water.

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Comments (18)

  • Ah, the German idea of romance - cheeseburgers on a boat ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      1 month ago
  • I think this could be the only msc Donald's I would visit

      1 month ago
  • Need a third answer, "No thanks, I'll just pass!"

      1 month ago
  • This is excellent!

      1 month ago
  • Loved the video!

    McDonalds is one of those franchised fast food restaurants that you either love it or hate it (or possibly, another subgroup would appear to hate it but stealthily, and occasionally, go through the Mc-artery cloger incognito, while regretting it later but then go right back to again when the craving for sub par foods hits them).

    When the Rathaus-Glockenspiel rings it's bells in the early morning hours in Germany, I can picture its populace springing out of bed and driving to Hamburg to board a kayak on the Elbe river to get their fix of fast food ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    I must say, the first picture that I saw looked as if the fast food restaurant was in the McElbe, I imagined Germans donning on their wetsuits and strapping on their scuba tanks to go down to the underwater McWet restaurant, if that were actually the case, I could see the McFish sandwich as the number one seller, but since it is above ground instead, I can only see the hamburger as the number one seller, naturally from Hamburg!

      1 month ago