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Navigating Germany by Water

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Besides the north coast, Germany's scenic topography is sprinkled with more than a few waterways. Here's how to experience (or get doused in) Germany's rivers, lakes, and hydrodynamic urban surprises.
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Prinzregentenstraße, 80538 München, Germany
It takes some German engineering to surf in land-locked Bavaria. But endless rides are possible on the Eisbach wave, a man-made, standing curl in the middle of a narrow artificial stream that runs through the English Garden. It has drawn both...
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Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Go under the water in Hamburg and take a walk to the other side of the harbor. Created in 1911, the tunnel was made for vehicles and pedestrians. Take one of the four giant elevator lifts that were originally made for cars down to the tunnel, or...
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Winzerstraße 3, 01326 Dresden, Germany
The river's headwaters are in the Czech Republic near the Austrian border, and its mouth is at the North Sea. Here in Dresden, the water marks an important division between the old city and the new city.
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Platz am Kaisersteg, 12459 Berlin, Germany
Hannes is a friendly German guy who speaks perfect English, and his boat, suitable for 12 people, provides the perfect setting for a half-day tour of Berlin. The private boat tours can be focused around one of four different themes, and Hannes has...
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10965 Berlin, Germany
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg is a great gem of a park hidden in Berlin. The park is located on a small hill and is easy to get to with public transporation. There's a beer garden at the top of the hill with great views of the city. The western side...