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A rediscovered waterway in Moravia

Bata Canal | River Morawa (March) | Czech: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 70 km
Number of locks: 15
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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The March / Morava, the forgotten waterway
Its well can be found at the border to Poland in the northeast of the Czech Republic. The most important river of Moravia forms from Rohatec first the border to Slovakia and from Hohenau, where it meets the Thaya, the border between Austria and Slovakia.
At the moment, the river is together with the Bata Canal, in the southerly part of Moravia, navigable over 52 km. The Moravian people dream for decades already of a navigable connection to Elbe, Oder and Danube. While an access to the Danube through the lower March would be the easiest to manage.

The canal, as seen by the skipper :
A big effort is made to render the Bata Canal attractive to tourism. Over the last few years the 13 locks have been restored, an excursion boat has been set up and in some places one can even hire a house boat. The standard of these boats however does not yet match the one in the west of Europe.

Important towns or villages:
Otrovice, is big, but not very attractive.
Napajedla; has a base for house boat hiring.
Uherske Hradiste, the royal wine town of Moravia.
Veseli, the beautiful wine town in the March.
Hodonin, the youngest health resort in Europe.