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Fascinating Facts About The Elbe River

Fascinating Facts About The Elbe River

Last Updated on April 26, 2023

Cruising along the Elbe River is generally between Prague and Berlin. Some will depart in Prague, making their way to Berlin, and others take the opposite journey. But before you’re thinking about floating down the Elbe River – let’s share some Elbe River facts that you probably don’t know, as well as what a typical Elbe River cruise looks like:

Elbe, Elbsandsteingebirge, bei Rathen unterhalb der Bastei (tonemapped)

Elbe by Herlbert Pohl on

The Elbe flows from the Czech Republic, taking on a northwestern course, following through Germany until it finally reaches the North Sea. It has been a river of great social and political influence throughout the ages. One of the things it is perhaps best known for is its sheer elegance, having been at the heart of the Romantic Movement, and various important movements linking to culture and sophistication over the ages.

Interesting Facts about the Elbe River

The Elbe is one of Europe’s major rivers. Its length is 724 miles yet it flows only through the Czech Republic and Eastern Germany. Six different rivers flow into the Elbe, and various smaller streams do as well. The main rivers from Germany that flow into the Elbe are the Ohre, the Schwarze Elseter, the Mulde, the Havel and the Saale. The sixth river flows into the Elbe in the Czech Republic, which is the Vltava River. The Vltava River is the Czech Republic’s largest river.

Elbe River Facts

The Vltava River, which flows into the Elbe in the Czech Republic.

Best Stops During an Elbe River Cruise

When embarking on an Elbe river cruise, you will make frequent stops along some of the most important and interesting towns and cities on its banks. Berlin is one of these cities, which is a fascinating city as the division between East and West Berlin is still clearly visible. While the Wall has been down for many years now, there are still many remnants of this part of history. Other stops will include Dresden, Saxon Switzerland, Meissen, Torgau, Wittenberg and Tangermunde.


When you are in Wittenberg, make sure you stop at the beautiful Market Square. This ancient square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is bordered by ancient beautiful gabled houses. In the center of the square itself, you will see a statue of Luther, the founder of the Lutheran church. On his statue, he is accompanied by Melanchthon, his disciple. Furthermore, at the southwest of the square, you will be able to see Lucas Cranach the Elder’s home, where he lived between 1505 and 1547. Lucas Cranach the Elder was mayor of Wittenberg as well.



In the Czech Republic, you will also make numerous stops. Naturally, you will stop (or start) in Prague, but you will also visit Melnik and Litomerice. There are a few not to be missed sights in Prague, including the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the castle, St Vitus Cathedral, the astronomical clock, the Municipal House, Petrin Park, Josefov, the National Theater and Vysehrad.

You are guaranteed to have a fantastic and inspirational time on an Elbe river cruise. So many people have found their inspiration here, creating wonderful works of art and music. Perhaps you yourself will be able to create the next great work of art.

Elbe River Facts

Dresden and Elbe River

Photo credit: All images used via Flickr under the creative commons license. 1) Herlbert Pohl 2) Vltava River by Pentars 3) Wittenberg by PercyGermany 4) Dresden Elbe Sunset by schomy