As far as the length of rivers in Europe goes, the Elbe is right up there with the longest. Beginning in the Czech Republic and travelling through Bohemia and large parts of Germany before finally depositing in the North Sea, the Elbe is renowned for its appeal to cruise holidaymakers for the vast area that it encompasses and also for the fact that this allows it to include many destinations and sights along the way.
River Elbe Cruises can incorporate the most visually stunning and beguiling natural beauty in Europe. From the tree studded banks in the Czech Republic to the high mountainous regions when it enters Germany, there is something for everyone when it comes to the natural landscape and it is also worth noting the little villages and hamlets that sit tranquilly on the banks of the river seemingly unperturbed for centuries in their customs and activities.
It is here that you get to see a side of a country that no other type of holiday would allow and a cruise makes this all possible.
Aside from the beauty of the countryside, what else is there to see and do? Well, you have your cruise ship for a start that will be full of activities and entertainment when you are traveling along the endless passageways on the river; however a favourite pastime is to sit back, relax and just take in the view and this is especially worthwhile during the summer.
Every once in a while you will come across an almost fairy tale like castle poking up from behind the trees on a far off mountain; these gothic castles are common in this area and add an even more mystic and picturesque air to the trip.
Elbe Cruises not Complete without a visit to Prague
A trip on this cruise itinerary would not be complete without an excursion to the Czech Republic capital of Prague. Known for its colourful history especially over the past decade or so, the city is awash with culture and history and St. Wenceslas square is a particular lively spot that welcomes thousands upon thousands of tourists every year. A lesser known stop off is the city of Magdeburg in Germany that is characterised by its tree lined boulevards and picturesque architecture.
When you think about it, there isn’t another form of holiday or travel that you would be able to take in a capital city one day and then be in the middle of a narrow water way surrounded by overreaching trees and mountains the next without some form of logistical nightmare.
The fact is that with an Elbe Cruise you can experience all the delights of cities such as Prague and Hamburg while experiencing the wonder of the environment as well, given that you will be traveling on a first class cruise liner as well then a cruise down the Elbe seems like too good an opportunity to miss.