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Minden is a Weser River cruise port and town in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state (Minden-Lubbecke district), with population around 83,000. The town is best-known as the intersection of Mittellandkanal (Mittelland Canal) and Weser River. Mittelland Canal (length 326 km / 202 ml) is a major manmade inland waterway (running east-west through central Germany) also connecting the country with France, Switzerland, Benelux Union (Belgium-Holland-Luxembourg), Czech Republic, Poland, and up to Baltic Sea.
Minden is located approx 40 km (25 ml) northeast of Bielefeld, approx 60 km (37 ml) west of Hannover (Lower Saxony state's capital), approx 80 km (50 ml) south of Bremen and approx 60 km (37 ml) east of Osnabruck. Mittellandkanal runs (east-west) directly through the town while Weser River runs south to north. Both waterways cross in town's northern area (at Wasserstrassenkreuz Minden / aqueduct).
As tourism travel destination, Minden is best-known for its two large museums - Preussenmuseum (Prussian history) and Geschichte-Landes-Volkskunde (themed on History, Cultural Studies and Folklore), also Puppenmuseum (Dolls Museum), Minden Museum Railway, Minden Dom (9th-century cathedral), numerous Renaissance-style buildings, botanical garden, green belt (park-like area of the former fortress walls), two bicycle routes (Muhlenroute and Weserradweg).
As cruise port, Minden is included in the schedules of some of Europe's largest river cruise companies - CroisiEurope (ships Victor Hugo and Mona Lisa) and Nicko Cruises (ship Frederic Chopin). Next tables show some of the Minden-visiting cruisetour itineraries as ports sequences and prices per person (double occupancy rates).
(CroisiEurope) 11-day itinerary between homeports Berlin and Amsterdam, from ~USD 1800 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|24 Jun 18:00 / 25 Jun / 26 Jun 12:00 (overnight)||Departing from Berlin, Germany|
|26 Jun 14:00||Potsdam, Germany|
|26 Jun 22:30 / 27 Jun 06:00 (overnight)||Wusterwitz, Germany|
|27 Jun 14:00 / 28 Jun 05:30 (overnight)||Magdeburg, Germany|
|28 Jun 08:00||Rothensee Boat Lift|
|28 Jun 17:00||Wolfsburg, Germany|
|29 Jun 08:00||Hannover, Germany|
|29 Jun 13:00||Minden, Germany|
|29 Jun 20:30 / 30 Jun 08:30 (overnight)||Nienburg-Weser, Germany|
|30 Jun 11:30||Hoya, Germany|
|30 Jun 17:30 / 01 Jul 11:45 (overnight)||Bremen, Germany|
|01 Jul 16:00||Oldenburg, Germany|
|01 Jul 18:30 / 02 Jul 08:00 (overnight)||Kusten Canal|
|02 Jul 12:45||Papenburg, Germany|
|02 Jul 16:00||Delfzijl, Holland|
|02 Jul 18:30 / 03 Jul 06:00 (overnight)||Groningen, Holland|
|03 Jul 21:30 / 04 Jul / 05 Jul 09:00 (overnight)||Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland|
(Nicko Cruises) 12-day itinerary between homeports Amsterdam and Berlin, from ~USD 2700 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|06 Aug / 07 Aug - 11:00 (overnight)||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|07 Aug 15:00 - 17:30||Alkmaar, Holland|
|07 Aug 21:30 / 08 Aug - 03:00 (overnight)||Den Helder, Holland|
|08 Aug||Groningen, Holland|
|08 Aug 09:00 - 13:00||Lemmer, Holland|
|09 Aug - 11:30||Groningen, Holland|
|09 Aug 19:00 / 10 Aug - 12:00 (overnight)||Leer, Germany|
|10 Aug 14:00 - 19:00||Papenburg, Germany|
|10 Aug 22:00 / 11 Aug - 06:00 (overnight)||Doerpen, Germany|
|11 Aug 10:00 - 10:15||Kampe, Germany|
|11 Aug 13:30 - 13:45||Oldenburg, Germany|
|11 Aug 21:00 / 12 Aug - 12:00 (overnight)||Bremen, Germany|
|12 Aug 21:00 / 13 Aug - 05:30 (overnight)||Nienburg-Weser, Germany|
|13 Aug 13:00 - 16:30||Minden, Germany|
|13 Aug 23:30 / 14 Aug - 09:00 (overnight)||Hannover, Germany|
|14 Aug 13:00 - 13:30||Peine, Germany|
|14 Aug 21:30 / 15 Aug - 05:00 (overnight)||Calvoerde, Germany|
|15 Aug 17:00 / 16 Aug - 09:00 (overnight)||Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany|
|16 Aug 13:00 - 17:30||Potsdam, Germany|
|16 Aug 19:30 / 17 Aug (overnight)||Arriving in Berlin, Germany|
Port Minden cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Minden, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|13 August, 2019|
|MS Frederic Chopin||13:00||16:00|
|20 August, 2019|
|MS Frederic Chopin||09:00||12:00|
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