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Elbe River Cruises

Germany's second most well-known river, the River Elbe actually originates high in the Krkonose Mountains in the Czech Republic where it is called the Labe. Flowing 724 miles northwest through the Czech Republic, it passes the verdant vineyards of Saxony, and the Sandstone Mountains known as the Saxon Alps through to North Sea at Cuxhaven, a little North of Hamburg. The river was originally named Albis by the Romans, and the Germans translated this to the word used today, Elbe.

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Why Visit Elbe?


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Enjoy a cruise along the mostly uncommercialised Elbe

Explore the beautiful views of Saxony and the lowlands of the Czech Republic with a relaxing voyage along the River Elbe.

The majority of river cruises on the Elbe run from Prague to Hamburg, but others will also take smaller rivers like the Havel River to reach Berlin as well. Other notable towns along the river include Dresden which is the capital city of Saxony, Meissen known for its famed porcelain, Worlitz which is most famed for its landscape park which has been open to the public since the late eighteenth century, Wittenberg where Martin Luther began his Reformation and Magdeburg most renowned for its Christmas market which is an attraction for 1.5 million visitors a year.

The popularity of river cruises on the Elbe is always increasing, yet only a few cruise lines offer journeys along this beautiful river, mainly due to shallow and narrow sections of the river, and low bridges that only certain types of ship can pass under safely. Cruises are available all year round, so depending on your preferred climate, there is a choice for anyone. Summer months will always be the most popular, with cruises between May and September being the best for warmer weather. Temperatures tend to fall dramatically between October and December, and January and February are often freezing. Weather then starts to get a bit warmer in spring but it is advised to take layers as cold weather is still likely.

During the later months of the year, there are several events and festivals that take place in these regions which may be of interest. The Duckstein Festival which is an annual beerfest which takes place in July and August in Hamburg and Berlin. Hamburg also has the Reeperbahn Festival in September and at Christmas time there will be many Christmas markets along the route including Hamburg, Magdeburg and Prague.

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