Maritime landscapes – the Elbe River provides a wealth of hidden spots to discover. A fascinating, mostly unspoilt natural environment can be found in the Elbe marshes and the Elbe Riverside UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Along the way, charming little towns are waiting to be explored. You can enjoy a river cruise that passes directly in front of cafes, where you can also look out and watch the boats pass by. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to cross the great river. There are many different recreational activities on offer for hobby sailors, boat enthusiasts and canoeists as well as keen cyclists and ramblers.

>> www.kurs-elbe.dewww.maritime-elbe.de (in German)

Elbe cycle path

A very popular route – the Elbe cycle path follows the great river from its source to where it joins the North Sea at Cuxhaven, covering a distance of some 1,200 kilometres. It lies on both sides of the river. The sections where you can ride directly on the embankment are a special experience: wetlands, plants and animals are always in sight as well as the Elbe itself. It is no surprise that the Elbe cycle path been named Germany’s most popular cycling route eleven times by the German Cyclists’ Association (ADFC)!

>> www.elbe-cycle-route.com