To approach the skyline of the city across the River Elbe by water is one of the most memorable impressions of Dresden you could get. The routes of the "Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt" lead from the piers below Brühl's Terrace to the picturesque surrounding region, up the Elbe towards Saxon Switzerland and down the Elbe to Seußlitz near Meißen. Pillnitz Castle as well can be approached with the steam boats.
As early as in 1836, the Elbdampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft (Elbe steam boat shipping company) was founded, with which the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt is the oldest paddle steamer fleet in the world despite several changes of name. During the era of the GDR, the historic boats cruised on the River Elbe by the name of "Weiße Flotte Dresden" (White Fleet of Dresden).
Today, the fleet consists of nine restored paddle steamers from the years 1879 to 1929, two so-called salon ships from the 1990s and two motor ships from 1982 and 1987. The passenger steamer "Diesbar", built in 1884 is a technical monument and is still originally operated with coal firing.
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