Numerous major cities in the world are known not only for their history and sights but also for their rivers. What would London be without the Thames or Paris without the Seine? In Germany, there are also numerous cities built on the banks of different rivers. They are ideal to explore the historic buildings and inviting waters. This combination of sightseeing and relaxation is what makes a successful city trip so unique.
Heidelberg is the fifth largest city in the German state of Baden-Wüttemberg. It is known for its narrow streets in the historic old town. People often compare this city with Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. With its castle and renowned university, Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The Neckar River is going through the historic old town. The Old Bridge has been leading over it since 1796 and inviting visitors to see the other side of this river. Those who want to enjoy both the city and the river should visit the Heiligenberg plateau. Here you can find a magnificent view of the panorama.
The city of Regensburg is on the bank of Danube. Here the two tributaries Naab and Regen flow into the main river and go together through half of Europe. There are two islands directly in the urban area; these are called upper and lower Wöhrd. If you would like to change the bank, it is recommended to cross the Stone Bridge that leads in round arches over the water. It is also the oldest surviving bridge in Germany. In direct proximity to the river, the Danube Park and the Jahinsel offer enough space to relax or have a lunch on a grass.
Hamburg, a city in the north of Germany, offers an entirely different atmosphere by the water. The port characterized by the commercial center. Here you can see not only are there countless harbour cranes, but also the warehouse district. The dealers were storing coffee and cotton from all over the world in the historic warehouses in the past. Hamburg is also known for its numerous rivers such as the Elbe, the Alster and the Wanze. So be sure you can always have a walk by the clear water in the middle of this big city. The large container and cruise ships sail on the Elbe while the small canals of the Alster are the lifelines of the city.
The town of Lindau is on the other side of Germany very close to the neighboring country Austria. At the eastern side of Lake Constance, fans of water will find the most beautiful port entrance in the country. Even when walking through the old town, the visitor is always close to the water. Lindau is very popular with both sailors and surfers and is a popular starting point for water sports enthusiasts at the foot of the Alps. If you like bathing, you should visit the Bad Schachen park.