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The idyllic small river in the south of Hamburg


Ilmenau River and Ilmenau Canal | Germany : Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 29 km
Number of locks: 3
Max. depth: 0.90
Max. headroom: 4.00
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Hardly ever used
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Ilmenau and Ilmenau-Kanal
A boat trip from Hamburg to the heathland of Lüneburg.
It has an entire length of 107 km only and is therefore a small river only. In the lower parts it’s canalized over long distances but this doesn’t bother much. The Ilmenau arises of the two springs of Gerdau and Stederau in the south of this heath land.

After the opening of the Strecknitz-Delvenau-Kanal in 1398, the navigable part of Ilmenau was, together with Elbe and the Strecknitz-Delvenau-Kanal (from Lauenburg to Lübeck) part of the most important transport route for salt from Lüneburg to the Baltic Sea. Today it’s used by leisure boaters only.
Between Uelzen and Lüneburg it has a rather strong current and is therefore often used by canoeists.
Leisure boaters and excursion boats navigate here in summer. Piers can be found at the marina of Stöckte and some other places along the river.

Tourism
During the summer there are excursion boats on the river as well as the motor and sailing yachts of the habitants of Hamburg who stayed at home. A landing is possible at the marina of Stöckte and sporadic at the villages along the river.