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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 255
718.00 Usti nad Labem 171
695.00 Děčín 143
683.00 Hřensko 173
679.95 Schöna 126
647.33 Pirna 154
626.37 Dresden 118
599.80 Meissen 175
573.60 Riesa 196
553.98 Mühlberg 222
527.85 Torgau 131
497.55 Pretzsch-Mauken 120
481.85 Elster 120
467.86 Wittenberg 192
445.69 Coswig 203
436.38 Vockerode 165
424.16 Rosslau 138
420.84 Dessau 153
407.25 Aken 142
387.18 Barby 129
370.24 Schönebeck 161
356.61 Magdeburg-Buckau 163
355.33 Magdeburg-Strombrücke 122
348.88 Rothensee 190
338.40 Niegripp AP 295
331.36 Rögatz 109
293.74 Tangermünde 219
285.89 Storkau 262
265.94 Sandau 268
234.78 Scharleuk 213
228.02 Wittenberge 196
218.06 Müggendorf 214
207.44 Schnackenburg 209
197.30 Lenzen 196
177.28 Dömitz 140
172.65 Damnatz 232
159.08 Hitzacker 204
145.45 Neu Darchau 213
132.29 Bleckede 632
122.54 Boizenburg 146
113.03 Hohnstorf 451
108.20 Artlenburg 428
98.64 Geestacht 405
96.01 Wehr Geesthacht UP 617