But it was an interesting ferry to observe. It's a reaction ferry, powered solely by the river current. Our local ferry at Île-Bizard is also a reaction ferry, but is constrained by overhead cables, parallel to the direction the ferry moves. At Dolní Žleb the ferry is attached to a cable, several hundred yards long, supported by small buoys and attached to one bank upstream. So the ferry swings in an arc from side to side, back and forth across the river on the end of this cable. As we watched we could see the ferry operator spinning the wheel when he was ready to cast off from one bank, to change the direction of the rudders to let the force of the current drive the ferry in the opposite direction, back over to the other bank.
The Czech-German border cuts inland from the river about a kilometre north of Dolní Žleb, meaning the village and both banks here are in the Czech Republic, unlike a little further downstream at Hřensko where the river forms the border. The village has a couple of restaurants and bars and another station on the same train line that passes through Schöna, where the ferry from Hřensko docks.
See Wikipedia pages on and for more information (Czech only).