Altes Land, the largest contiguous fruit-producing region in Central Europe

28 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

Steinkirchen © Christoph Matthias Siebenborn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Steinkirchen © Christoph Matthias Siebenborn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Altes Land is an area of reclaimed marshland straddling parts of Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The region is situated downstream from Hamburg on the southwestern riverside of the Elbe around the towns of Stade, Buxtehude, Jork and Lühe. In Hamburg it includes the quarters of Neuenfelde, Cranz, Francop and Finkenwerder.   read more…

The Hanseatic city of Stade

14 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Former Fish Market Square © Kolossos

Former Fish Market Square © Kolossos

Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany and part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Hamburg). It is the seat of the district named after it. The city was first mentioned in a document from 994. Stade is located on the German Timber-Frame Road.   read more…

The Elbe

16 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, UNESCO World Heritage

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

The Elbe rises at an elevation of about 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) in the Krkonoše (also known as Giant Mountains or in German as Riesengebirge) on the northwest borders of the Czech Republic. Of the numerous small streams whose waters compose the infant river, the most important is the Bílé Labe, or White Elbe. After plunging down the 60 metres (197 ft) of the Labský vodopád, or Elbe Falls, the latter stream unites with the steeply torrential Malé Labe, and thereafter the united stream of the Elbe pursues a southerly course, emerging from the mountain glens at and continuing on to Pardubice, where it turns sharply to the west. At Kolín some 43 kilometres (27 mi) further on, it bends gradually towards the north-west.   read more…

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