Towns and Cities on the Elbe

From the metropolis of Hamburg to the atmospheric small cities, the half-timbered towns and villages, there are many things to do and see along the Elbe.



What would Hamburg be without its port and the many maritime attractions? The heart of the metropolis beats around the clock and within this heart, tradition and modernity combine to form a globally unique atmosphere. Its international port gave Hamburg its prosperity and its nickname "Tor zur Welt" - gateway to the world. For centuries, people from many countries and cultures have come and gone as a matter of course. Cosmopolitanism is the key! It shapes the life of the whole city.
A tour through the Port of Hamburg or even through the narrow canals of the "Speicherstadt" - warehouse district by ship or motorboat is part of every visit program. You are invited to enjoy countless attractions: the new "HafenCity" - port city with its extraordinary architecture, the new traditional ship port in the "Sandtorhafen" and the many restaurants, cafes and bars right by the water. An unmissable beacon on the western tip of the HafenCity is the spectacular construction of the "Elbphilharmonie" - Elbe Philharmonic Hall. Besides, one catches the travel bug when one regularly sees the largest and most exclusive passenger ships from all over the world mooring at the "Hamburg Cruise Center".

Hamburg has the largest model railway layout in the world and the "Miniatur Wunderland" - miniature wonderland. The waterside promenade on Baumwall and the adjoining jetties offer a maritime atmosphere where you can enjoy a fish sandwich. Colourful flagged yachts and motor boats in the city marina are also within walking distance of Speicherstadt and HafenCity. And in the evening, you can enjoy your cold beer in the "Strandperle", an iconic pub right on the Elbe beach of Övelgönne, with your feet in the sand and a view of the unique panorama of the containers and gigantic cranes. On a special bus tour, with the motto "Eye to Eye with the Giants", those interested can take a look behind the scenes of the modern Port of Hamburg.

Tourist information at Hamburg Central Station and the Landungsbrücken U/S-Bahn main station
Main exit Kirchenallee and St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
Tel. 040/30051300

Dannenberg in Altona
Scheel-Plessen-Strasse 19
22765 Hamburg
Tel. 040/39805750



You are invited to visit the green district of Bergedorf, with its old city and the only castle in Hamburg. You can explore the Church of St. Petri and Pauli or its charming leaning half-timbered houses on a guided tour in detail. Attractive shopping streets and of course the pedestrian area offer small, fine speciality shops, department stores and modern shopping malls. After shopping, you can relax in one of the charming cafes there.

The port of Bergedorf - called "Serrahn" - is the starting point for boat trips to the Vier- and Marschlande, the Port of Hamburg or the Alster.

Vier- and Marschlande
The Vier- and Marschlande are one of the largest contiguous flower and vegetable growing areas in Germany and are considered the "Garden of Hamburg". Shaped by centuries of traditional land management, a unique cultural landscape has here evolved. 

Characterised by the Elbe with its side arms Dove and Gose-Elbe, the Vier- and Marschlande are crossed by ditches and dykes. In the villages, there are old mills and thatched Hufner houses. Farms and horticultural businesses open their doors for the curious. Traditions are maintained here: people wear national costumes, and the children learn  "Plattdeutsch" - the Low German language at school. A wondrous, beautiful world, perfect for relaxing family trips, on foot, by bike and on water.

Tourist Information

Johann-Adolf-Hasse-Platz 1

21029 Hamburg


Tel.: 040/726 933 24



Zollenspieker is a district of Kirchwerder. Here there has been a vital ferry connection across the Elbe since 1252. And until 1806 duty was collected here - hence the name "Zollenspieker" (bonded warehouse). This was built on the side of Kirchwerder at a point where the Elbe makes a bend so that from here the Elbe and its shore in all directions are very well visible.

From about 1870, the Zollenspieker became an attraction for the inhabitants of Hamburg. The bonded warehouse was transformed into a restaurant with a dance hall as an extension and is still a popular destination. The Zollenspieker is the southernmost point of the Hanseatic city.

Since 1952 there is a ferry connection to Hoopte on the opposite Lower Saxon side of the Elbe.

Source: Wikipedia



This charming district has become known nationwide for the smelt fishery "Stintfischerei" and the smelt eating "Stintessen", which enjoys popularity in many parts of the north. Hoopte is located on the northwestern edge of the town of Winsen (Luhe) in the administrative district of Harburg in Lower Saxony. Hier ends the Ilmenau, which connects the Elbe with the Hanseatic city of Lüneburg.

Thanks to the excellent water tourism infrastructure, the district is a popular starting point for trips on the Elbe. A ferry connects Hoopte with Neuengamme/Bergedorf. A small marina with a dockyard and boat moorings in the neighbouring district Stöckte offers all boating tourists a pleasant stay. There is also a jetty for passenger ships.


Winsen (Luhe)

Winsen on the Luhe is the district town and the second largest city of the administrative district of Harburg. You can enjoy walks and biking tours along the Luhe through the Luhe Gardens and on the cycle and hiking paths. In the city, there is the museum in the Marstall (royal stables) and the historic moated castle.

If you prefer to go for a stroll, the pedestrian zone with its many small and beautiful shops and cafés is just right. The main station in Winsen offers an excellent connection to bus and train. 


A well-known annual highlight in northern Germany is the vintage car meeting with up to 20,000 visitors. A great spectacle for everyone!

Tourist Information
Schlossplatz 11
21423 Winsen/Luhe
Tel. 04171/668075



Right on the banks of the Elbe lies Stove with its camping sites and their excellent equipment. For boating enthusiasts, there is also a small marina with a jetty for passenger boats directly at the 5th campsite.

In the area, there are many leisure activities, e.g. Horse riding, bowling, model airfield, cycling or hiking.


One of the most traditional and fast-paced horse races in northern Germany has been taking place every summer for over 130 years on the banks of the Elbe - the "Stover Rennen" - Stove Race.



The city of Geesthacht is located on the southeastern outskirts of Hamburg right on the banks of the Elbe. Geesthacht shows exciting things between tradition and technology, between basket weavers and Alfred Nobel.

A special attraction is the historic steam train "Karoline". Also very popular are: hikes along the banks of the Elbe through the nature reserves "Hohes Elbufer" and "Besenhorster Sandberge". You would also enjoy the visit to the Geesthacht high ropes course, the city tours by pedelec or the cycling tours in the rural surroundings with their original farming villages and village churches.

At the barrage of Geesthacht starts the tide-influenced Elbe. Right next to the impressive lock construction is Europe's largest fish ladder.

Tourist Information
Bergedorfer Strasse 28
21502 Geesthacht
Tel. 04152/836258



Welcome to Mölln, the Eulenspiegel town in the Duchy of Lauenburg, where you may be a little foolish. The well-known jester "Till Eulenspiegel" spent his last years here. Even today, he does a lot of jokes, so be careful he does not fool you.

At the Eulenspiegel fountain by the sculptor "Karlheinz Goedtke", visitors like to meet for a souvenir photo. You will notice that the prankish figure is bright particularly in two places - and there is a reason for that: if you rub the thumb and the front section of the foot of "Till" and wish for something, your wish will come true. That is what the legend says anyways...

Surrounded by water, forests and idyllic villages, the town is a recognized Kneipp cure place since 1970. If you love water, then you will take Mölln into your heart. A chain of lakes surrounds the town on the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. You should also not miss the boat trips across the lakes and on the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. Boat owners always find beautiful routes and pleasant moorings or berths.

Tourist Information

Kurverwaltung Mölln

Im historischen Rathaus

Am Markt 1223879 Mölln

Telefon 045427090



The more than 1050 years old city between Hamburg and Hanover is one of the most fascinating cities in northern Germany. Its historic architecture in the style of brick Gothic stands in charming contrast to the lively, young city life. During the Second World War Lüneburg remained intact so that the city has a unified, medieval cityscape - one of the reasons that led Lüneburg in October 2007 to hold the title of Hanseatic city again. Everywhere in the inner city, the visitor encounters the history of the city, whose main asset was the salt. Salt was boiled in the saline for over 1000 years, and by trading with the then precious "white gold", the town gained wealth and prestige in the Middle Ages.


At the same time, Lüneburg is a university town - thousands of students live and study here, providing a colourful, young cityscape. Shopping in the traffic-calmed inner city is a pleasure - many well-stocked speciality stores under the old gables offer plenty of choices. You can leave the car during shopping in one of the car parks close to the centre.



Located on the southern bank of the Elbe, the village offers a very well-developed marina and a nice campground for travellers and holiday guests.


From the jetty, it is possible to explore the region from the water. The beautiful old mill directly at the confluence of the Elbe-Side-Canal is, in addition to the 800-year-old church, a visual landmark of Artlenburg. A local history museum with exhibits from the region is also worth a visit. A local history museum with exhibits from the region is also worth a visit.

Tourist Information

Schulstrasse 3
21380 Artlenburg
Telefon 04139 / 7040


Lauenburg (Elbe)

The more than 800-year-old skipper city with the picturesque old town mesmerises you with centuries-old timber and relics along with entertaining boat trips. The Elbe Maritime Museum of Lauenburg tells of the great importance of shipping for the southernmost city in Schleswig-Holstein. 

You will also enjoy a nostalgic trip on the more than 100 years old museum paddle steamer "Kaiser Wilhelm". At the popular Ruferplatz, you will meet the "Rufer", a symbolic figure of the historic boatman town greets the passing ships on the Elbe.

Situated on three popular cycle paths, Lauenburg is a popular place for cyclists too. We recommend you to make a stop at one of the cosy restaurants and cafes looking out on the Elbe!

Tourist Information
Elbstrasse 59
21481 Lauenburg/Elbe
Tel. 04153/5909220
Fax 04153/5909299



Located on the southern bank of the Elbe, Hohnstorf provides a pier for regional passenger ships. Directly at the pier, you can enjoy, in a cosy pub, the magnificent view of the Elbe! There is also a caravan site with a view of the river.

In the immediate vicinity, there is a road bridge over the Elbe, which connects Lower Saxony with Schleswig-Holstein. In Lauenburg on the opposite side, a shipyard offers necessary repairs with appropriate services.


Boizenburg (Elbe)

In addition to numerous artistically sophisticated tile pictures, the first German tiles museum, the rampart with more than 40 small bridges, the impressive willow tree works "Boizenburger Schneck" and the Baroque Town Hall represent just a small part of the unique features of the historic old town.

There is also the modernised port, over which the popular Elbe Cycle Path leads, along which you can enjoy extended bicycle and hiking tours. At the same time, the local history museum, the Elbberg museum or the other city-unique features are to be discovered.


Tourist Information
Markt 14
19258 Boizenburg/Elbe
Tel. 038847/335354

Fax: 038847/335364



Experiencing the lifting process in a passenger ship at the ship lift is something you will enjoy and remember. A panoramic view over the Elbmarsch and Geest is of course included.
There are also two platforms at the ship lift for you to watch the arrival and departure of ships at close range, free of charge.

All information about the ship lift can be found in an exhibition hall next door.


The "Domäne" is the oldest building in the village and dates back to 1510. It was the storehouse of the former Cistercian abbey and is now an event centre with a lively cultural program. In the nearby church of St. Mary - "St. Marien" - there is a nationally known Baroque organ.

In the diverse landscape between the Elbe and Geest, one can enjoy extended and well-marked bike tours.

Tourist Information
Marktplatz 1
21379 Scharnebeck
Tel. 04136/90721



The approximately 800-year-old city with its port, the ferry, jetties for passenger ships and moorings with disposal station for recreational boating is a popular starting point for cycling tours in the surrounding region of the beautiful river landscape.

The Biosphaerium with an aquarium landscape and a beaver plant and an observation tower, the gastronomic offers and a local brewery are the main attractions.

Tourist Information
Schlossstrasse 10
21354 Bleckede
Tel. 05852/951414



An extraordinary beautiful village located on the right side of the Elbe Cycle Path.


Because of its location and its diverse gastronomic offers, it is a popular destination. There are a small marina, a strand and a bike as well as a canoe rental service.



Over the centuries, the town on the banks of the Elbe in Mecklenburg has been shaped by the impressive pentagonal fortification and the harbour.
The historic old town around the church has an island position between the Elbe and the oxbow lake of the great river.

The more than 50 km dyke offers the best conditions for cycling and hiking, interesting nature experiences, the inland dune in the district of Klein Schmölen, which is one of the largest inland dunes in Europe.
Dömitz is surrounded by the Elbe, Elde, Löcknitz and Rögnitz. This fascinating river landscape is best explored by motorboat or canoe.
In the attractive port of Dömitz or at the lock, the Elbe meets the Elde.
Through this gate, you can reach the Mecklenburg Lake District via the Elde-Müritz Waterway!


The port of Dömitz with a marina, a maritime hotel and event gastronomy with a dock bar and a beach club possesses great tourist popularity in the entire region. From the panoramic café of the former warehouse, you have a wide view over the glacial valley of the Elbe and the town of Dömitz.

A very special experience in every season and at every level of the Elbe.

Tourist Information
Rathausplatz 1
19303 Dömitz
Tel. 038758/22112



It was to become a Versailles of the North, which Duke Frederick had built in the middle of the 18th century. It is not Versailles, but beautiful in spite of everything. In the centre, there are a baroque castle, a magnificent town church, venerable cascades, a mesmerising park, quietly babbling streams, peace and rest for the soul.

In addition to the splendour of Baroque times, there are a planned Baroque symmetry, homely brick houses and wide linden-lined avenues. Strolling along Schlossstrasse will be an architectural experience. More than 250 years ago, Duke Christian Ludwig, found his desire here. Today Ludwigslust is a modern, lovable small town that has maintained the charm of bygone days.

Ludwigslust is a charming hostess. Here you will find charming gastronomy, art and culture, well-developed cycling and hiking paths through beautiful deciduous forests, past extensive orchards - and above all healthy air and pleasing tranquillity, to let the soul dangle away from the stress of everyday life.

Tourist Information

Schlossstrasse 36

19288 Ludwigslust

Tel. 03874/526251Fax 03874/526109


Lenzen (Elbe)

The marina of Lenzen and the Elbe ferry between Lenzen and Schnackenburg are located about 3km outside the town. Even from a distance, you can see the towers of the castle, church and town hall. During the restoration of the castle important findings of the Slavic history were made. Already in 929, Lenzen came to light as the site of a great battle. Today, as a visitor centre of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve River Landscape Elbe-Brandenburg, a museum and a conference hotel is the castle a touristic highlight - with a view of the Elbe meadows "Elbauen" from the 24 m high tower.

All around the town, there are many interesting nature experience points and the Rudower lake is ideal for swimming.

Tourist Information
Berliner Strasse 7
19309 Lenzen/Elbe
Tel. 038792/7302



It was already mentioned in the 12th century as a port town.
The historic old town preserves the memory of its early days as a boatmen's town. In the 19th century began the rise of the industrial town. Today, the town's skyline is characterised by the Singer clock tower of the former sewing machine factory, the industrial monuments of the old oil mill and the towers of the town hall and the churches.

The town history is reflected in the buildings in many ways - from the medieval stone gate to richly ornamented 19th century "Gründerzeit" houses to GDR architecture.

The city has an Elbe port and a comfortable marina right on the Elbe promenade.

The train station is an ICE "Intercity-Express" train halt.

Tourist Information

Paul-Lincke-Platz 1

19322 Wittenberge

Tel. 03877/929181/-82

Fax 03877/929119