Decin, Czechoslovakia
Decin is a town in the north of the Czech Republic. It is the largest town in the Děčín District. Near the German border, not far from Dresden and 83 minutes north of Prague by rail. Děčín is actually made up of two towns, one on either side of the river Labe; the old town of Děčín is on the right bank, and on the left bank is Podmokly (German: Bodenbach) which became part of the town in 1942.

Děčín castle is probably the most popular tourist attraction in the town. Built on a hill near the town centre and overlooking the Labe river, the castle has enjoyed an extremely varied history. It has gone from being a fort during the Seven Years' War, to becoming a Renaissance castle in 1673, to turning Baroque after its restoration in 1788.

Things to See & Do

* Synagogue, 1907
*"Sheep's Bridge", 1620
*Děčín castle (zámek Děčín), 1305
* Renaissance bridge
* Holy Rood Church, 1687–1691

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Czech koruna (CZK)
Population – 55,000 approx
Land Area – 118.04 km²
Language – Czech
Electricity – 2 round pins European Style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - +420

Port Location – The port at Decin is located on the Elbe River.