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Lauenburg an der Elbe is an Elbe River cruise port and town in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein state (Herzogtum Lauenburg district), with population around 12,000. The town is located on river's northern bank and east of Hamburg - Germany's 2nd largest city (after Berlin) with population over 1,8 million and country's largest seaport.
Lauenburg-Elbe is state's southernmost town. It was founded in 1182 by Bernard of the House of Ascania (1134-1212) - an ancestor of the Dukes of Lauenburg and Count of Anhalt and Ballenstedt in the period 1180-1212. The town was named after the Lowenborch Castle (built in 1182). Saxe-Lauenburg was a duchy until it was incorporated into Prussia's Schleswig-Holstein province in 1876. Until 1616 (when the castle burnt down) the town was duchy's capital moved to Ratzeburg in 1619). Lauenburg prospered due to its location on the Old Salt Route (primarily used for transportation of salt) and today the town is the southern terminus of Elbe-Lubeck Canal (aka Elbe-Trave Canal - 64-km / 40-ml long manmade waterway connecting Elbe and Trave rivers).
Town's best-known tourist attractions include Altstadt (Old Town with 17th-century buildings, mainly former homes of sailors), Maria-Magdalenen Kirche (13th-century church), narrow cobbled streets (all leading to Lauenburg Castle - the former residence of the Dukes of Lauenburg, now housing the municipal administration). Approx 25 km (16 ml) southwest is Luneburg - travel destination popular for its Palmschleuse - late-14th-century built river lock (Europe's oldest).
As cruise port, Lauenburg an der Elbe is included in the regular schedules of some of Europe's largest river cruise companies - like CroisiEurope and Phoenix Reisen. Next tables show some Lauenburg-visiting cruisetours as ports sequences and prices per person (double occupancy rates).
(CroisiEurope, ship Victor Hugo) 6-day itinerary between homeports Hamburg and Berlin, from ~USD 1000 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|29 Aug 18:00 / 30 Aug / 31 Aug 05:00 (overnight)||Departing from Hamburg, Germany|
|31 Aug 08:00||Lauenburg-Elbe, Germany|
|31 Aug 22:00 / 01 Sep 06:00 (overnight)||Hitzacker, Germany|
|01 Sep 08:00||Domitz, Germany|
|01 Sep 23:00 / 02 Sep 10:15 (overnight)||Tangermunde, Germany|
|02 Sep 14:30||Hohenwarthe, Germany|
|02 Sep 19:00||Genthin, Germany|
|02 Sep 22:30 / 03 Sep 05:00 (overnight)||Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany|
|03 Sep 08:30||Potsdam, Germany|
|03 Sep 14:00 / 04 Sep 09:00 (overnight)||Arriving in Berlin, Germany|
(Phoenix Reisen, ship Saxonia) 9-day itinerary roundtrip from homeport Potsdam
|Date / Time||Port|
|13 Jul 15:30||Departing from Potsdam, Germany|
|13 Jul 21:30 / 14 Jul - 06:00 (overnight)||Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany|
|14 Jul 16:00 / 15 Jul - 06:00 (overnight)||Havelberg, Germany|
|15 Jul 10:00 - 13:00||Wittenberge, Germany|
|15 Jul 18:00 / 16 Jul - 08:30 (overnight)||Hitzacker, Germany|
|16 Jul 12:00 - 15:00||Lauenburg-Elbe, Germany|
|16 Jul 19:00 / 17 Jul / 18 Jul - 07:00 (overnight)||Hamburg, Germany|
|18 Jul 12:30 - 13:30||Scharnebeck Boat Lift|
|18 Jul 18:00 - 18:30||Uelzen, Germany|
|18 Jul 20:00 / 19 Jul - 08:30 (overnight)||Bad Bodenteich, Germany|
|19 Jul 12:30 - 13:00 / 19 Jul 14:00 - 18:00 (overnight)||Wolfsburg, Germany|
|19 Jul 23:00 / 20 Jul - 05:00 (overnight)||Haldensleben, Germany|
|20 Jul 13:00 - 13:30||Genthin, Germany|
|20 Jul 23:00 / 21 Jul - 13:00 (overnight)||Berlin, Germany|
|21 Jul 15:00 / 22 Jul (overnight)||Arriving in Potsdam, Germany|
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