Section B approx. 54 km from Freiburg/Freiburg/Glückstadt to Lühe/Lühe/Schulau
Glückstadt and Stade are the two major highlights in this section. The Elbe is growing ever wider, and you can now see many elongated stretches of beach on its banks. There are islands in the Elbe, and the embankments are higher and more bulky here to protect against the might of the North Sea during storms and flooding. The surroundings are characterised by fruit orchards and industrial plants. You can watch large swarms of birds in spring and autumn.
- With its ‘Vogelkiekerbus’ bus and nature reserves, Freiburg is the jewel in this section’s crown.
- Glückstadt was founded in 1617 by the Danish King Christian IV and built to honour the ideal of the Italian renaissance. Today, Glückstadt is known for its culinary specialities such as herring, and its cultural events such as KulturMärz, the Schleswig-Holstein music festival or the ‘Matjeswochen’ herring festival.
- Buxtehude’s Old Town with its church, town hall, market hall/brewery and Marschtorzwinger lets you learn all about the town’s history,
- The Elbe island of Krautsand is part of Drochtersen, and features wide sandy beaches where you can watch passing boats, sunbathe and swim. Once a year, horses and riders are given right of way for the Elbe beach race.
- Nature fans will find plenty of chances to unwind and explore around Elmshorn. As well as the three major cycle routes - the Ochsenweg, the Nordseeküstenradweg and the Elberadweg that all travel through the city, there are also lots of routes to discover the beauty of local nature. Surrounded by meadows, riverbanks and rose fields, Elmshorn is the perfect base for a range of excursions.
- The Hanseatic town of Stade is the economic and cultural centre of the ‘Altes Land’ holiday region, and boasts many lovingly restored half-timbered houses. Quaint alleyways are perfect for strolling along and discovering this historical town centre.
- Small harbours, a fascinating Elbe landscape characterised by storm tides and a unique range of plants and birds defines the area around Wischhafen. From here, the ferry will take you from Wischhafen to the charming Glückstadt on the other side of the Elbe.
- The Venti Amica mill, a Dutch gallery windmill in Hollern-Twielenfleth, the Lühe-Schulau ferry and the shipping museum in the old lighthouse are the highlights here.
- Schulau is a ferry and marine shipping area.