River regions are so beautiful

Along its way it passes through a variety of landscapes and cities that are worth seeing. Hamelin and Bremen are popular photo landmarks for their architectural features such as half-timbered houses or the Weser Renaissance.

  • Other highlights: Weserstein, historic center of Hannoversch Münden, Monument to Emperor Wilhelm (Porta Westfalica)
  • Most popular bike path: Weser cycle path (520 kilometers from Hannoversch Münden to the North Sea)
  • hiking landscape: Predominantly moderate routes
  • Suitable for bathing: Yes – swimming in the Weser is generally not recommended, but there are official bathing areas such as the Café Sand bathing beach in Bremen or the Weser Juliusplate bathing area in Bern, Lower Saxony

La Saale (413 kilometers in Germany)

The Saale flows for 413 kilometers through Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. The journey begins at the source of the Saale in Zell im Fichtelgebirge in Upper Franconia, before the river finally flows into the Elbe in Saxony-Anhalt.

Along the way, the second longest tributary of the Elbe passes through vast mixed forests, meadow landscapes and local recreation areas, as well as towns such as Jena, Halle an der Saale or Naumburg.

The Saale-Unstrut region is particularly known for its wineries, so you can combine historic towns with wine tasting. Naumburg Cathedral, for example, is worth a visit, but the city of Weißenfels also has a lot to offer.

  • Other highlights: Halle Zoo, Giebichenstein Castle and State Museum of Prehistory (Halle / Saale), Goseck Solar Observatory, Moritzburg Castle in Zeitz, Rudelsburg and Saaleck as medieval destinations
  • Most popular bike path: Saale cycle path (403 kilometers in Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt)
  • hiking landscape: Easy to difficult routes
  • Suitable for bathing: No, swimming in the Saale is not recommended for hygienic reasons

The Spree (382 kilometers in Germany)

The Spree arises from three springs in the Lusatian mountains near the Czech border. After 400 kilometers, during which it passes, among other things, the canals of the Spreewald, it flows into the Havel near Berlin-Spandau.

If you decide to take a trip along the Spree, you will embark on a varied journey: whether it is the Lusatian Lake District, the traditional Spree Forest or the lively capital Berlin, there is something for everyone here.

And there are also numerous possibilities directly on and on the Spree: you can explore Berlin from the water with the stand-up paddle or book a classic Spreer tour. In the Spreewald, however, the best way to get around is by canoe.

  • Other highlights: Farmer’s Museum (Schlepzig), Spreebogenpark (Berlin), Spreewaldmuseum Lübbenau, tank driving in Brandenburg, hiking in the Schlaubetal,
  • Most popular bike path: Spree cycle path (380 kilometers from Oberlausitzer Bergland in Berlin)
  • hiking landscape: Some easy to moderately difficult routes
  • Suitable for bathing: No – for safety reasons, swimming in the Spree is not recommended; however, the Flussbad Berlin project plans to make a section of the Spree Canal in Berlin suitable for bathing

The Ems (371 kilometers in Germany)

The Ems has its source in the Moosheide nature reserve at Hövelhof in the Paderborn district. From here the river flows through a lot of nature before passing Münster and the Münsterland. Continue through the Teutoburg Forest to Emden, where the river flows into the North Sea.

Nature reserves, numerous viewpoints and romantic hiking trails are just some of the highlights of the region. Between Hövelhof and Emden there are also numerous cozy farm cafes that invite you to linger with a view of the Ems.

Emsland also offers numerous superlatives: the Meyer shipyard, where huge cruise ships are built, has one of the largest dry docks in the world. And in Emsbüren there is the largest nursery of pot and bedding plants in Europe.

  • Other highlights: Clemenswerth Castle (Sögel), Lake Dankern (west of Haren in Emsland), Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen Nature Park (Meppen), Emsland Moor Museum, megalithic tombs
  • Most popular bike path: Ems cycle path (375 kilometers from Hövelhof to Emden)
  • hiking landscape: Predominantly moderate routes
  • Suitable for bathing: Yes – swimming in the EMS is generally not prohibited outside nature reserves such as Telgte, but is generally not recommended for safety reasons

The Neckar (362 kilometers in Germany)

The source of the Neckar is near Schwenningen in southwestern Baden-Württemberg in the Schwenninger Moos. In the direction of the Swabian Alb, Rottweil then passes through Tübingen, Heilbronn and Heidelberg.

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