Bike Touring Highlight
The lock, built between 1922 and 1928, is 105 meters long and overcomes a height difference of up to 5.40 meters at low tide. It is part of the coastal canal that connects the Hunte with the West German canal network. If the Oldenburg lock is blocked, shipping has to make an approx. 350 kilometer detour via the Mittelweser, the Mittelland Canal and the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The lock is used by approx. 5000 inland waterway vessels per year. In the summer months, numerous leisure boats are added. Next to the lock there is a barrage in the Hunte, which was created with the construction of the coastal canal to regulate the water levels of the various bodies of water. In 1927 it was supplemented by a hydroelectric power station that uses the height difference of a good 5 meters.
May 11, 2021
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