With the MS Händel II, a ship named after composer Georg Frederik Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel), one can take relaxing tours on the river Saale around Halle. A highlight of these trips is passing Giebichenstein Castle. If you are interested in the works of the composer, the Handel House is worth a visit.
This cruise vessel named ‘MS Fröhliche Dörte’ was built in 1888. Today it is run by the Saale-Unstrut Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH and drives up and down the river Unstrut between Freyburg and Naumburg.
This police boat was built in 2001 by Fassmer. It is used by the German Police Authority Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The home port is Rostock. On this pic it anchors next to the Yachting & Spa Resort ‘Hohe Dünne’.
The Gorch Fock was built in 1933 as school ship for the German Reichsmarine. Today it is a museum ship in Stralsund. The name origins form the author Johann Wilhelm Kinau, who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock for his works.
The maiden voyage of the paddle steamer ‘Gisela’ was in 1872. Operated by the Traunsee Schifffahrt it is still in use for cruises, weddings and having meals on Traun Lake (Traunsee). On the photo above one can see the steamer in front of Gmunden.
The steam tugboat was built in 1922/23 at the shipyard Ruthof in Regensburg. Originally named Ruthof, it was renamed as Érsekcsanád after World War II. Today it is part of the Regensburg Museum of Danube Shipping (Donau-Schiffahrts-Museum Regensburg) and can be visited not far away from the famous stone bridge of Regensburg.