The Elbe River is one of the major rivers in Central Europe and runs through the Czech Republic and Germany. It winds through several major cities, including Dresden and Hamburg, and eventually empties into the North Sea. The river has played an important role throughout history, including forming part of the border between East and West Germany during the Cold War period.
Visitors can enjoy views of Dresden's skyline along the river. There are river boat tours along the Elbe that point out the local attractions that sit near the water. Some of the significant buildings include the Dresden Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Zwinger Palace, the Cathedral, and the Church of Our Lady. The river passes underneath the Blue Wonder Bridge, Dresden's most famous bridge. The Albrechtsberg Castle can also be seen from the river just outside the center of the city. The river separates Dresden's old town from the new town.
The Elbe River runs through the center of Dresden between the northwest and the southeast.