|Length||65 km (213,000 ft)|
|Progression||Elbe→ North Sea|
The river Bille (German pronunciation: [ˈbɪlə] ⓘ) is a small, slow-flowing German river in Stormarn, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, a right tributary of the Elbe. Its source is near Linau, north of the heathland Hahnheide forest. It then flows south of Trittau, representing the border between Stormarn and Lauenburg, continues south of Reinbek and reaches the river Elbe near Billwerder. A lot of old estates and tasteful parks are laid out along its riverbank. Its total length is 65 km. Sections of the Bille which flow near or inside the Sachsenwald forest are protected by the Billetal nature reserve.
The upper Bille drains a wide catchment area with many brooks and small stretches of water. Main tributaries are the Corbek feeding the Bille near Witzhave and the Schwarze Au at Aumühle, having drained wide parts of the large Sachsenwald forest.
Bille in Hamburg-Bergedorf
Bille at Schloss Reinbek (Mühlenteich)
Bille in the Billetal near Witzhave
Long Bridge over the Bille near Witzhave in the Billetal
Bille in the Sachsenwald
Bille flowing through the Sachsenwald
Schwarze Au tributary that flows into the Bille, in Aumühle
Mühlenteich in Aumühle, which flows into the Bille via the Schwarze Au
Bille as seen from the Sachsenwald in Winter
- Grander Mühle, an ancient watermill at Kuddewörde, dating back to 1303
- Schloss Reinbek, a castle from 1572
- Schloss Bergedorf, a castle showing wooden raftwork and Brick Gothic