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From Hannoversch Münden to Bremen

Weser River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 409 km
Number of locks: 8
Lock dimensions: 225.00 x 12.50
Max. depth: 2.50
Max. headroom: 4.30
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Aller River | Germany
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Mittellandkanal | Germany
North Sea

Were Fulda and Werra join and become the Weser, at Hann. Münden, it says on the Weserstein:

Wo Werra sich und Fulda küssen
Sie ihre Namen büssen müssen,
Und hier entsteht durch diesen Kuss
Deutsch bis zum Meer der Weser Fluss.

After another 452 km, it flows into the North Sea at Bremerhafen. River Fulda is, above this confluence, navigable for just under 31 km. The most important navigable feeder is River Aller which joins the Weser at Verden.

Tourism for leisure boating
River Weser would be a very attractive destination for boaters but it unfortunately hardly offers any infrastructure along the waterside. Not even rather big towns like Hameln, Höxter or Bad Karlshaven have any wharf at all.
In the case of Bad Karlshaven (one started here to build the Karlskanal in 1700 to Kassel, which was never finished), this is especially annoying since this town has for almost 300 years a huge harbor, connected to River Weser over a lock canal, but one is not allowed to use it!
Today, upper Weser is mostly used by waders and it has a small fleet of excursion boats.

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