Bike Touring Highlight
With seven locks, the Elbe-Lübeck Canal overcomes the heights between the Baltic Sea and the Elbe. From the Trave to the summit at Mölln five locks must be passed in the northern ascent, in the southern descent to the Elbe there are two locks.The channel has no natural water inflows and is therefore fed exclusively from rain and meltwater. In times of low rainfall, the smugglers are therefore reduced to what is strictly necessary, i. only commercial shipping is handled, and pleasure boating has to wait for a transfer. This can take several hours and must be scheduled for hiking trips.The Witzeeze lock is located at sewer km 50.8, has a lifting height of max 3.28 m and can be reached under the following telephone number: 04155 5891kurs-elbe.de/schleuse-luebeck
May 16, 2019
When the Elbe-Lübeck Canal was built around 1900 as the successor of the too small Stecknitz Delvenau Canal, there was still no electricity in the villages.Unlike the old canal with its shallow boulevards and the narrow locks with pullout piles, one had to come up with something to move the mighty gates during the smuggling operations.August Hotopp devised a new principle: the movement of the gates through the use of water energy at the different heights of the upper and lower water with the help of hydraulics. Even today, lockkeepers only have to set different levers and turn wheels, and the lock operates as though by magic.In order to save the scarce water of the summit between Mölln and Witzeeze, the upper half of the lock chamber was drained into a sink, after the locks it ran back into the lower part of the chamber without additional energy, and half of the water had been saved Sparbecken are no longer used today.During the construction of the canal, the old canal bed was used as far as Büchen with straightening of the loops, so that the Stecknitz in the canal was lost. From the Delvenau there is the east of the canal nor the old stream bed, which is only a narrow trickle due to the greatly reduced catchment area.Source:
August 24, 2017
A beautiful old lock system with a charming steel bridge over the canal. Here you feel transported back to the founding years of the "Elbe-Trave-Kanal". Engineering from the steam age and a cozy resting place to stay.However, it is planned to deepen and widen the channel. I can not understand this gem for much larger ships to destroy the touristy nature and thus bring the many boatmen families of smaller canal ships and the tourist providers on the canal to their existence. Thank you also, Federal Minister of Transport ...
June 19, 2019
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