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The waterway from the Baltic Sea to the Elbe



Elbe-Lübeck-Kanal & Trave River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 88.6 km
Number of locks: 7
Lock dimensions: 12.00 x 80.00
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Elbe River | Germany
Baltic Sea

The canal, then Elbe-Trave-Kanal,
was inaugurated in 1900 by Emperor Wilhelm II. Locks have a dimension of 80 x 12 meters and therefore allow ships up to 1000 tons. This is today not really sufficient; which is showing in declining freight appearance. All the more the canal is lively frequented by sailing and motor boats on their way from the Baltic Sea to the Elbe.This canal replaced then the famous Stecknitz-Delvenau-Kanal
which was built between 1390 and 1398 in order to transport salt from Lüneburg to the Baltic Sea. It replaced the old salt road and worked for over 500 years.

For today’s traffic it could have remained as it was, what a pleasure it would be to pass those beautiful locks…. . Tourism
Even though the area is rather nice, it is used for passing through mostly.

Places along the canal:
Hansestadt Lübeck / Eulenspiegelstadt Mölln / Güster, der Ort mit dem Frachtschiff im Wappen / Lauenburg, die alte Schifferstadt am Strom