Cruising from Potsdam to Prague
The Post's Ned Martel shares sights from his two-week journey down Germany's Elbe River on the Katharina von Bora river barge.
The author's parents, Nancy and Tom Martel, stand on the Charles Bridge in Prague at the conclusion of the two-week river cruise.
A red-tiled rooftop view of a street in Meissen.
Figurines on display at the Meissen porcelain factory. Meissen became the first high-quality porcelain producer outside of China in the early 18th century.
A fountain gushes in the courtyard of a famous Dresden landmark, the Zwinger Palace. The baroque palace, once a venue for courtly entertainment, now houses porcelain and art museums, according to Germany's official tourism Web site, germany-tourism.de.
A ceramic mural depicting Saxon rulers through history is a popular tourist attraction in Dresden.
Dresden's Frauenkirche church was painstakingly reconstructed after U.S. bombs destroyed the original structure in World War II.
An ornate door handle in Dresden.
An accordionist greets guests in Potsdam, as they board the Katharina von Bora river barge.
The deck of the Katharina von Bora, as seen from inside a lock -- a water transport device that helps lower the vessel into the Elbe River.
A staircase leads down from the upper deck of the Katharina von Bora.
The sandstone formations of the Bastei, known as the "Switzerland of Saxony."
A bend in the Elbe River, as seen from the walkways of the Bastei, outside of Dresden.
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