10 Facts About Elbe


In 1390 the Gose Elbe was separated from the main stream by a dike connecting the two then-islands of Kirchwerder and Neuengamme.

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Right after both anabranches reunited the Low Elbe is passed under by the New Elbe Tunnel, the last structural road link crossing the river before the North Sea.

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Elbe has always been navigable by commercial vessels, and provides important trade links as far inland as Prague.

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The Elbe-Weser Shipping Channel connects the Elbe with the Weser.

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The Elbe-Seitenkanal was built between the West German section of the Mittellandkanal and the Lower Elbe to restore this connection.

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Elbe is crossed by many ferries, both passenger and car carrying.

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Elbe has long served as an important delineator of European geography.

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Elbe delineated the western parts of Germany from the eastern so-called East Elbia, where soccage and serfdom were more strict and prevailed longer than westwards of the river, and where feudal lords held bigger estates than in the west.

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The Northern German area north of the Lower Elbe used to be called North Albingia in the Middle Ages.

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From 1949 to 1990 the Elbe formed part of the Inner German border between East Germany and West Germany.

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