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With two luxury ships, Viking K–D operates a full program of cruises on the Elbe River, from Hamburg as far as Prague. They run up to eight days from mid-April until late October. All the historic cities of Saxony and Thuringia are ports of call—including Dresden, Meissen, Wittenberg, and Dessau.
Weisse Flotte's historic paddle-steam tours depart from and stop in Dresden, Meissen, Pirna, Pillnitz, Königsstein, and Bad Schandau. Besides tours in the Dresden area, boats also go into the Czech Republic. For more information contact the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt.
In Saxony two historic narrow-gauge trains still operate on a regular schedule. Both the Lössnitzgrundbahn, which connects Ost-Radebeul-Ost and Radeburg, as well as the Weisseritzelbahn, which operates between Freital-Hainsberg and Kurort Kipsdorf, are perfect for taking in some of Saxony's romantic countryside and the Fichtelberg Mountains. A round-trip ticket is between about €7 and €11, depending on the length of the ride. For schedule and information, contact Deutsche Bahn's regional Dresden office.
The famous steam locomotive Harzquerbahn connects Nordhausen-Nord with Wernigerode and Gernerode in the Harz Mountains. The most popular track of this line is the Brockenbahn, a special narrow-gauge train transporting tourists to the top of northern Germany's highest mountain. For schedule and further information, contact the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH.
German Railroad (Deutsche Bahn) (0180/599/6633. www.bahn.de.)
Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH (Friedrichstr. 151, Wernigerode, 38855. 03943/5580. www.hsb-wr.de.)
Lössnitzgrundbahn (Geyersdorfer Str. 32, Annaberg-Buchholz, 08456. 0351/46165–63684.)
Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt (Hertha-Lindner-Str. 10, Dresden, 01067. 0351/866–090. www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de.)
Weisseritztalbahn (Dresdner Str. 280, Freital, 01715. 0351/641/2701. www.weisseritztalbahn.de.)