The 1091 km (677.92 miles) long river Elbe winds its way from the sandstone hills of Saxony to Cuxhaven, where it flows into the North Sea. It was a decisive factor in attracting traders to settle in Hamburg and constitute the trading route for the Hanseatic League. The Elbe offers a fine perspective from which to observe the many faces of Hamburg. On one side of the river lies a modern and efficient port, with huge container terminals, while on the other side, exclusive residential villas can be seen in Blankenese. Two magnificent edifices owe their presence to the river: the Elbe tunnels and the splendid bridges in the south of Hamburg. The river's one failing is that it is not yet suitable for bathing, as problematic substances such as lead have been traced. There are daily cruises to Blankenese, Schulau and Lühe, or from Blankenese to Cranz im alten Land.
Attractions & Landmarks, Beaches/Bodies of Water