Inland waterway vessels are seen as the most ecological mode of transport. No other mode of transport is in a position to achieve the same transport-performance in such an environmentally-friendly way. The Port of Hamburg is the second largest inland port in Germany. In 2019 approximately 9,000 inland waterway vessels tied up at the some 100 berths especially designated for them and transported around 8.9 million tons of cargo. Cargo leaves Hamburg daily on the River Elbe and the canals into the hinterland. There are regular services on the middle and upper Elbe in the direction of Magdeburg, Aken, Torgau, Riesa, Dresden and even to the Czech Republic to Děčin, Ústí nad Labem and Lovosice. Along the Lower Elbe Brunsbüttel, Cuxhaven and Glückstadt, among others can be served. In the Elbe Lateral Canal the link to the Mittellandkanal is also the connection to Braunschweig, Haldensleben, Hanover and Minden as well as to the Ruhr region and the inland ports of the Rhein, Main, Mosel and Neckar. Cargo also finds it way to Berlin via the inland waterways.