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Finowkanal as a historic trip between Berlin and the Oder


Finowkanal / Werbellinkanal / Langer Trödel | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 32 km
Number of locks: 12
Max. depth: 1.20
Max. headroom: 3.65
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, with urban surroundings, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Havel-Oder-Waterway | Germany

For a few years now, this historic canal is navigable again.  It’s supposed to be the oldest, still navigable, artificial waterway of Germany. Some even call it the oldest artificial waterway of Germany at all, which is of course nonsense. (Stecknitz-Delvenau-Kanal for example was opened in 1398, not to speak of the Karlsgraben!) But never mind, the restored canal in the south of Oberer-Havel-Kanal is very popular to boaters since it passes a very rural area with a lot of industrial monuments of the Wilhelminian style right at the doors of the capital.
The most interesting part for us is surely the ship lift of Niederfinow.
Schiffshebewerk in Niederfinow.

Places and Marinas
Marienwerder /Finow / Eberswalde / Niederfinow / Finowfurt

Marina Liebenwalde / Bootshaus Ruhl / Marina Eisvogel / Finowtouristik

Werbellinkanal – going northwards to the Werbellinsee
This canal used to be the navigable connection between Finowkanal and the Werbellinsee. Today it goes to the Oder-Havel-Wasserstrasse only and has there a link to Finowkanal. Today, works are done again on this connecting stretch, which was closed to navigation in the nineteen thirties, and it should soon be open for leisure boating again. 

At Altendorf on the Werbellinsee was the DDR-Pionierrepublik Whilhelm Pieck, it was to a large extent built as its example, the Soviet Allunions-Ponierslagers on Crimea.   
Pionierrepublik Wilhelm Pieck