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 consisters of nine historic paddle steamers and two modern saloon ships.
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