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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 257
718.00 Usti nad Labem 149
695.00 Děčín 115
683.00 Hřensko 142
679.95 Schöna 97
647.33 Pirna 116
626.37 Dresden 77
599.80 Meissen 128
573.60 Riesa 147
553.98 Mühlberg 171
527.85 Torgau 75
497.55 Pretzsch-Mauken 54
481.85 Elster 57
467.86 Wittenberg 120
445.69 Coswig 138
436.38 Vockerode 98
424.16 Rosslau 74
420.84 Dessau 91
407.25 Aken 74
387.18 Barby 70
370.24 Schönebeck 104
356.61 Magdeburg-Buckau 118
355.33 Magdeburg-Strombrücke 81
348.88 Rothensee 120
338.40 Niegripp AP 231
331.36 Rögatz 48
293.74 Tangermünde 156
285.89 Storkau 199
265.94 Sandau 202
234.78 Scharleuk 182
228.02 Wittenberge 166
218.06 Müggendorf 181
207.44 Schnackenburg 175
197.30 Lenzen 159
177.28 Dömitz 109
172.65 Damnatz 204
159.08 Hitzacker 169
145.45 Neu Darchau 173
132.29 Bleckede 590
122.54 Boizenburg 114
113.03 Hohnstorf 445
108.20 Artlenburg 433
98.64 Geestacht 422
96.01 Wehr Geesthacht UP 606