Meadows of the river Elbe

Not far from Lüneburg, at the ferry crossing the Elbe at the small town of Bleckede in Northern Saxony  it is possible to walk for miles on the embankments of the river Elbe. Here the border ran along the Elbe when Germany was split. After the reunification the meadows where turned into nature reserve.  Here are some impressions of a walk we took there last year in early autumn:

North German Impressions: Sunday afternoon at the River Elbe

Last Sunday we had a spell of  early spring weather and it was impossible not to go somewhere nice. We decided on take a trip to the River Elbe, using mainly local roads. Typical for the marshland are water ditches running parallel  to the road.

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We didn’t meet many cyclist, as we had just 5°C, but the moment it gets warmer you have to drive very carefully as it is popular to go on  trips by bicycle. It is also quite normal that children cycle to school. Therefore I find it understanding that the locals  are angry about not having a bicycle path. Their creative way of expressing their demand impressed me. All along the street they had placed old bicycles right  next to the road, and every now and then a bigger reminder like the one below.

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It is mainly locals that use  the beach at Kollmar. In summer it is also possible to bath here and it is fun to watch the ship traffic to and from Hamburg.

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Like everywhere in Germany you will find a  café and restaurant for coffee and cake. This one has  a great view onto the river. In summer it is also a popular meeting place for bikers.

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