Right from the start Stade is one of those charming villages, with petite houses on the edge of a canal and architecture that blends classic red brick with exposed wood. However, there is also a lot of history in it's streets. It was a much more important city that Hamburg for years. It suffered numerous invasions and a few parts have been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Simply a walk and getting lost in it's center is worth the visit.
This is not any old boat, it is 100 years old and one of the most peaceful way to travel the Elbe, the journey lasting between four and five hours. This is Ideal for relaxing on deck during the day with the sunshine. Unfortunately we did not have that luck as the weather was not on our side. This gave us the opportunity to see the crew working in cold conditions and rain and marred our little trip, but just to be in that boat full of history and was quite an experience.