Peine is a Fuhse River (Aller River / Weser River) cruise port and town in Germany's Lower Saxony state (Peine district) with a population of around 50,000. Hafen Peine (port) is also on the Mittellandkanal (Midland Canal, length 326 km / 202 mi) that links Germany with France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic and (via the Danube) with Baltic Sea. Peine is located approx 25 km (16 mi) west of Braunschweig (on Oker River, linking to the North Sea) and approx 40 km (25 mi) east of Hannover (on Leine River).
Port Peine (Hafen Peine) consists of two separately operated ports with facilities (warehouses, silos) adapted to the location's respective purposes. The vessels served by Hafen Peine include mainly cargo barges carrying scrap metal, steel, coal, fertilizers, agricultural products (grain, feed). Both ports are interlinked via a double-track railway. Regularly scheduled public buses connect the port with the town and are also used by cruise ship tourists.
As cruise port, Peine is included in the regular schedule of one of Europe's largest river cruise companies - Nicko Cruises (brand of Mystic Cruises). The next table shows the ports sequences of Nicko's Peine-visiting itinerary (12-day "Holland and Germany") between homeports Amsterdam and Berlin.
|Date / Time||Port|
|16 Jul / 17 Jul - 11:00 (overnight)||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|17 Jul 15:00 - 17:30||Alkmaar, Holland|
|17 Jul 21:30 / 18 Jul - 03:00 (overnight)||Den Helder, Holland|
|18 Jul 09:00 - 13:00||Lemmer, Holland|
|19 Jul - 11:30||Groningen, Holland|
|19 Jul 19:00 / 20 Jul - 12:00 (overnight)||Leer, Germany|
|20 Jul 14:00 - 19:00||Papenburg, Germany|
|20 Jul 22:00 / 21 Jul - 06:00 (overnight)||Dorpen, Germany|
|21 Jul 13:30 - 13:45||Oldenburg, Germany|
|21 Jul 21:00 / 22 Jul 12:30 (overnight)||Bremen, Germany|
|22 Jul 21:00 / 23 Jul - 05:30 (overnight)||Nienburg-Weser, Germany|
|23 Jul 13:00 - 16:30||Minden, Germany|
|23 Jul 23:30 / 24 Jul - 09:00 (overnight)||Hannover, Germany|
|24 Jul 13:00 - 13:30||Peine, Germany|
|24 Jul 21:30 / 25 Jul - 05:00 (overnight)||Calvorde, Germany|
|25 Jul 17:00 / 26 Jul - 09:00 (overnight)||Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany|
|26 Jul 13:00 - 17:30||Potsdam, Germany|
|26 Jul 19:30 / 27 Jul (overnight)||Arriving in Berlin, Germany|
The cruise tour is operated by the riverboat MS Frederic Chopin and priced from ~USD 2700 pp.