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An Ancient Maritime Town in Germany

By Linda Tancs

Germany’s ancient maritime town, Stade, is a charming destination in Lower Saxony.  Located on the Elbe River, its Hanseatic harbor boasts ferry service to Hamburg during the summer as well as a tour on a historic coaster dating from the 19th century.  Under Swedish rule in the 1600s, the city’s history is housed in the Swedish Warehouse Museum, a curious structure rising out of the water on poles.  The historic town centre features an array of half-timbered houses and winding alleys along with
Pferdemarkt and Fischmarkt squares (site of the Christmas markets) in the old quarter. And nearby is Alte Land, a vast fruit farming area where you can visit a typical fruit farm.

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