Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser redesigned this former freighter for many years. Finally, he used the Regentag for a cruise to New Zealand. Since 2004, the ship has been on display in the harbour of the Austrian city of Tulln. [German]
The Gorch Fock I dates back to 1933. Before WWII, it served as a school ship for the German Reichsmarine. Today, it is a museum ship in Stralsund. Its name refers to the author Johann Wilhelm Kinau, who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock for his works.
This steam tugboat saw its completion in 1922/23 at the shipyard Ruthof in Regensburg. Originally named Ruthof, it was renamed Érsekcsanád after World War II. Today it is part of the Danube Navigation Museum Regensburg.
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.
The steamboat ‘Fröhliche Dörte’, built in 1888, brought us along the Unstrut River from Freyburg to Naumburg. The cruise led partly through a landscape conservation area. A few months later, I learned these rides were no longer available. What a pity!
While cruising the river Warnow from Rostock to Warnemünde I came across a police boat of the same name. The Warnow is a patrol vessel (Type FPB 25) built by the company Fassmer.
The “Hohentwiel” is a paddle-wheel steamer dating back to 1913. It is still in use on Lake Constance.
After a tour through the lanes of Regensburg, I paid a visit to a remarkable ship. The “Kristallkönigin” was a river cruise ship decorated with thousands of Swarovski elements.