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The Elbe River is one of the major Central European waterways. It rises in the northern Czech Republic, flows into Germany and ends in the North Sea.

The Elbe has a total length of 1,094 kilometers (680 miles) and the fourth largest catchment area in Europe at 148,268 square kilometers. It flows through a number of major German cities, including Dresden, Magdeburg and Hamburg. It and its linked canals have long been important for German trade. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on the Elbe.

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