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German floods update

July 6, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) today released an update on the flood situation, which ravaged a number of rivers and regions in Europe at the beginning of June 2013.

The flooding has now subsided and in Germany the situation has largely returned to normal. Travellers are reassured that they are welcome in all but a handful of the regions that had been battling with rising floodwaters.

While clean-up continues in some affected areas, local tourism bodies have appealed to travellers, Sidebar LBH 250x250stating the best way that they can help flood-affected citizens is to continue to support tourism throughout Germany.

Bavaria

It is business as usual in most areas, particularly for travellers. Passau and Regensburg have been given the all-clear, and visitors are once again welcome in the Bavarian district of Deggendorf. Here, most lakes are once again accessible to bathers, and several cycling paths have been re-opened.

Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt

In Saxony, the flooding has eased and most hotels and sights are once again open. Some areas close to the Elbe river in northern Saxony-Anhalt remain affected, however all route deviations and street closures are clearly marked, meaning there are minimal obstructions for tourists wanting to explore the state.

Transport

The after-effect of the floods is continuing to have an impact on rail travel in Germany. The closure of a bridge across the Elbe near Schönhausen in Saxony-Anhalt has had a major knock-on effect. Further disruption can be expected on the Prague-Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg line, and travellers should also expect delays between Berlin and Frankfurt. Deutsche Bahn is providing information online about interim timetables in operation on various routes, and has also set up a free information hotline for travellers within Germany.

For the latest information on rail services please call 08000 99 66 33 (from within Germany), or +49 1805 334 444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (from abroad, charges depend on the country you are calling from and your provider). Up-to-the-minute information for travellers is also available at www.bahn.deor, for mobile devices, at m.bahn.de.

Restrictions on shipping on the Danube and Elbe rivers have now been lifted. On the Saale and Neckar rivers, restrictions now apply in only a very small number of places. In addition, certain sections of long-distance cycle routes along the Elbe, Danube and Mulde rivers are not yet fully accessible.

For more information on the flooding situation, please visit: www.germany.travel

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