Bille (Elbe)

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RK 0309 03454 Grander Muehle.jpg
Bille at Grander Mühle
Country Germany
Physical characteristics
Main source Schleswig-Holstein
River mouth Elbe
53°32′24″N 10°1′27″E / 53.54000°N 10.02417°E / 53.54000; 10.02417Coordinates: 53°32′24″N 10°1′27″E / 53.54000°N 10.02417°E / 53.54000; 10.02417
Length 65 km (213,000 ft)
Basin features
Progression ElbeNorth Sea

The river Bille is a small, slow-flowing river in Stormarn, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, a right offshoot of the Elbe. Its wellspring is near Linau, north of the Hahnheide woodland. It then flows south of Trittau, landmarking the border between Stormarn and Lauenburg, runs on south of Reinbek and reaches the river Elbe near Billwerder. A lot of old landed seats and winsome parks are laid out along its riverbank. Its overall length is 65 km.

The Bille is one of three rivers which flow through the city of Hamburg, the other two being the Elbe and the Alster.

Bille in Hamburg-Bergedorf
Bille at Schloss Reinbek (Mühlenteich)


The upper Bille drains a wide watershed with many brooks and small stretches of water. Main offshoots are the Corbek feeding the Bille near Witzhave and the Schwarze Au at Aumühle, having drained wide stands of the large Sachsenwald forest.


External links

  • Lots of Information on Bille from the Hamburg Department of the Environment (German)
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