The Best Stops on a Elbe River Cruise

You'll be awed by the beauty of the spectacular landscape in East Germany on your Elbe River cruise. Ornate castles and beautiful architecture is synonymous with the region. Here is a list of a few of the best stops on a Elbe River cruise.

Wittenberg

Located on the banks of the Elbe River in Germany, Wittenberg was the home of Martin Luther, the German priest who initiated Protestant Reformation. Hordes of Protestants flock to Wittenberg as a pilgrimage; the Luther sites are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city church, a twin tower where Luther preached, and the castle church, which has the tomb of Luther, are worth a visit. Visit the old city center and get a glimpse of Martin Luther's statue that survived WWII.

Dresden

Dresden is known at the "Florence of Elbe." The city has come a long way from being bombed and partly destroyed during the WWII to extensive development and some rebuilding for the next 40 years. While visiting Dresden, visit the Zwinger Palace. This baroque palace was destroyed in the bombing and later underwent massive rebuilding. This palace houses the "Alte Meister," along with some other famous art collection. The entry to the palace is free, though some collections do have an entry free.

Head to the Green Vault and catch a glimpse of the crown jewels of Saxon monarchs. Next, head to the Semper Opera; the architecture and grandiose of the building is breathtaking. Enjoying an opera here is second to none; make sure to book tickets in advance. Before you bid adieu to this place, head to the Neue Synagogue and get a glimpse of modern architecture.

Hamburg

The seventh largest city in the European Union, Hamburg is considered the sports capital of Germany. The region is landscaped with beautifully architecture buildings and bridges. There is no dearth of entertainment in this German city; there are over 40 theaters, 60 museums and 100 music venues. The region has several opera companies like the Philharmoniker Hamburg and North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

While you are here, visit the theater or opera; there is always a musical playing in one of the theaters. Three must-visits in Hamburg are the city hall, St. Nikolas church and the famous landmark, the St. Michaelis Church known as Michel. There are quite a few green spaces like Botanischer Garten Hamburg and Alter Botanischer Garten Hamburg. Hamburg is a biker-friendly city and bikes can be rented all over the city. The city is the host of several festivals and events, including Germany's biggest funfair Hafengeburtstag. When in Hamburg, devour the local cuisine, especially the dessert known as Franzbrötchen.

The best way to tour Germany and Czech Republic is by embarking on a cruise on the Elbe River. Peter Deilmann Cruises and Viking Cruises are among liners that offer Elbe River cruises.

Europe is best seen on foot. The bike trails in most places are excellent. Some cities/towns let you take your bike into tram, buses and trains if you purchase an extra ticket for your bike.

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