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Elbe
Description
River Map Summary
The Elbe is the 14th longest river in Europe, flows through Bohemia, Saxony down to Hamburg.

History
The Name Elbe derives from the ancient indogerman word "albhos" - "white" (river). In modern times it is used for commercial shipping since 1842 as it provides a route between the Hamburg and Prague in Bohemia. The Middelelbe connects to the northgerman canals, thus providing a transport route to the industrial Ruhr Area and the Rhine River at Duisburg.

Geography
From its source the Elbe flows southwards, then turns west before it flows north towards the North Sea. At Melnik the Moldau (Vltava) discarges into the Elbe. Actually ithe Vltava is much longer than the Elbe at that point, but due to medieval tradition, the river is still called Elbe. Behind the Czech - German border, the Elbe flows through the Saxony Swiss. North of Meissen the Elbe enters the Northgerman Lowlands. For a short distance the Elbe formed the Inner German border during the Cold War. After it passes Hamburg and its oversea harbour, it discarges into the North Sea.

Locks
Total of 7 locks. 6 Locks on the czech side of the border upstream until you reach Melnik (at the confluence of the Vltava). Just close to Hamburg is another lock at Geesthacht. Most cruises end (or start) at Bad Schandau on the german side of the border and transfer to Prague by bus.

Cruise it
A typical two week cruise on the Elbe starts in Hamburg, includes trips to Berlin and ends in the czech capital Prague. If you decide just to go for one week, you will most likely start in Berlin, board in the Magdeburg area and cruise to Prague. Usually cruises do not go the last few miles from Melnik up the Vltava (unlike -2010), so be prepared for some bussing around.
Additional Facts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe
Altitude Profile
Geographical Facts
Length 1 091 km / 678 mil
Length Airline 563 km / 350 mil
GPS Source 50° 46′ 32.59″ N, 15° 32′ 10.14″ E
Source Elevation 1386 m / 4 547 feet
Mouth Elevation 0 m / 0 feet
GPS Mouth 53° 55′ 20″ N, 8° 43′ 20″ E
Basin Area 148 268 km² / 57 231 mil²
Average Discarge 870 m³/s / 30 724 ft³/s
Waters IntoElbe - North Sea
Runs through countries
Czech Republic - Germany

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
787.00 Melnik 253
718.00 Usti nad Labem 185
695.00 Děčín 156
683.00 Hřensko 185
679.95 Schöna 140
647.33 Pirna 167
626.37 Dresden 127
599.80 Meissen 182
573.60 Riesa 202
553.98 Mühlberg 229
527.85 Torgau 137
497.55 Pretzsch-Mauken 126
481.85 Elster 126
467.86 Wittenberg 197
445.69 Coswig 206
436.38 Vockerode 168
424.16 Rosslau 140
420.84 Dessau 155
407.25 Aken 143
387.18 Barby 132
370.24 Schönebeck 164
356.61 Magdeburg-Buckau 165
355.33 Magdeburg-Strombrücke 125
348.88 Rothensee 194
338.40 Niegripp AP 299
331.36 Rögatz 112
293.74 Tangermünde 224
285.89 Storkau 266
265.94 Sandau 273
234.78 Scharleuk 220
228.02 Wittenberge 205
218.06 Müggendorf 225
207.44 Schnackenburg 223
197.30 Lenzen 213
177.28 Dömitz 161
172.65 Damnatz 252
159.08 Hitzacker 231
145.45 Neu Darchau 240
132.29 Bleckede 658
122.54 Boizenburg 172
113.03 Hohnstorf 464
108.20 Artlenburg 434
98.64 Geestacht 407
96.01 Wehr Geesthacht UP 644