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Stör-Waterway, Störkanal & Lake Schwerin | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 51 km
Number of locks: 1
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.20
Max. headroom: 4.10
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Müritz-Elde-Waterway / Müritz | Germany

The Störkanal branches off the Müritz-Elde-Wasserweg at km 56, flows then after 22 km into the Schweriner See and ends at its northern cusp at Hohen Viecheln. From there, it would go on with the Wallensteingraben until Wismar and therewith to the Baltic Sea, but this is history.
With this we get back to the Stecknitz-Delvenau-Kanal, opened in 1398. As we know it was built to allow the transport of the “white gold”, the salt, from Lüneburg to Lübeck on inland waterways. With this, the city of Lübeck had the monopole of salt at the Baltic Sea. Not everybody was pleased with this.
Traders of Wismar and Mecklenburg built then the waterway from the Elbe at Dönitz, over Elde, Stör and Schweriner See until Viecheln, called “Viechelner Fahrt”.
Only, with this, one was still not at Wismar.

In 1547 already one broke through the hills at Schweriner See and built a canal to the Lostener See. As from here one used the brook Steffine to Wismar. But this solution couldn’t satisfy either and therefore the Duke Hannes Albrecht, gave order for a “real” canal with 12 locks between Schweriner See and Wismar. One started in 1577 and in 1594 the first barge with salt of Lüneburg navigated on the canal. But this big project also failed for the lack of money. After 3 tons of gold had been used up, there was nothing left for completion and that’s way this waterway gradually broke down.  As from 1628 it couldn’t be used anymore. But ever since, the idea of this project keeps spooking in different heads almost non-stop. First of all, Wallenstein made an effort for an instauration.  At Wismar, a “Kanalbauverein” was launched in 1892. Also the German Democratic Republic used to tinker with the idea of a new connection to the Baltic Sea. All of them failed for the lack of money.  

The Stör-Wasserstrasse was rediscovered with the initiation of houseboat tourism in Mecklenburg.  The lake invites for a swim and the city of Schwerin for a visit.