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Connects River Rhine over Dortmund-Ems-Kanal with Weser, Elbe and Havel

Mittellandkanal | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 320 km
Number of locks: 2
Lock dimensions: 110.00 x 11.40
Max. depth: 2.50
Max. headroom: 4.00
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Dortmund-Ems-Kanal | Germany
Elbe River | Germany
Elbe Seitenkanal | Germany
Weser River | Germany

The most important east to west waterway of Germany,
from Ruhrpott to Berlin
It is with a length of 321 km also the longest man-made waterway of the country. Together with Rhein-Herne-Kanal and Dortmund-Ems-Kanal it connects the Rhine with Weser, Elbe and Oder. It was finished in 1938 only and is therefore one of the latest canals of Germany.

With the opening of the waterways crossing of Magdeburg in October 2003, the link to Berlin became even faster and more attractive.

The branch culvert to Osnabrück
has a length of 14 km and branches off the MLK southwards at km 30. There is no reason for the skipper to navigate this way really but at km 5.8 one finds the marina of the MYC of Osnabrück.

The branch culvert to Hannover
is more comfortable and offers with the marina of Recke one of the few landing stages.

Branch culvert Hildesheim,
at Hildesheim, berthing is partially permitted for leisure boats.

Branch culvert Salzgitter,
the Yachthafen Heidanger at km 3.5, provides water and electricity at the pontoon and there is a Restaurant too.

Any skipper will be glad to leave this important fairway for large vessels as soon as possible. But it is the fastest way to France and the Mediterranean and therefore used a lot. One can find some rather good marinas. Find them on the page “ports, marinas and infrastructures”.

Places along the MLK:
Osnabrück / Bad Essen / Lübeck / Idensen / Hannover / Hildesheim / Salzgitter / Wolfsburg / Haldersleben