Elbe Lübeck Kanal bei Kühsen

Elbe Lübeck Kanal bei Kühsen

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  • JR56

    The village of Kühsen was first mentioned in a document in 1230. However, the Stone Age settlement sites found in the Kühsen area show that the place was settled long before that. One of the most noteworthy events of the post-war period was the discovery of a bog body during drainage work in the immediate vicinity in the 1960s.
    Bends, elevations and curves give the place character and beauty. The coat of arms reflects characteristic features of the community such as the seven farmhouses arranged in a circle on the Brink and the Elbe-Lübeck Canal.
    The village community center has been the center of the village since 1995. In addition to sufficient space for the fire brigade and the kindergarten, it offers a large common room for various activities of the residents.
    The Kühsener See, the Karpfenkuhle, serves as a bathing area in summer and an ice rink in cold winters.
    With the Elbe-Lübeck Canal in 1900, a navigable connection was created between the Elbe near Lauenburg and the Trave near Lübeck.
    Today it is almost exclusively used by sport boats. In the area of the small community of Kühsen, it flows through a landscape dominated by fields and meadows.
    A very nice bike / hiking trail leads along the canal bank. If you like, you can cycle several kilometers between Lauenburg and Lübeck along the canal.

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    • February 12, 2019

  • Hudo Hackfüffel

    Striking point on the Elbe-Lübeck Canal

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    • March 1, 2019

  • JR56

    The Elbe-Lübeck Canal (ELK, 1900-1936: Elbe-Trave Canal) is a 61.55 km long federal waterway of class III from Lauenburg / Elbe near Elbe-Km 569.23 to Lübeck in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. It represents a connection for inland shipping between the Elbe and the Baltic Sea.
    The foundation stone of the canal, seen by the Lübeckers as a competitor to the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal, was ceremoniously laid on May 31, 1895. Mayor Heinrich Klug put it into operation on June 16, 1900 in the presence of the Emperor in Lübeck. The Stecknitz and Delvenau have largely risen up in the Elbe-Lübeck Canal. The inland waterway, known as the Elbe-Trave Canal until 1936, shortened the distance to 62 kilometers, the number of locks fell to seven and the journey time to around eight hours. A technology that was very progressive at the time and has proven itself to the present day, with locks and generously dimensioned bridges designed by building inspector Ludwig Hotopp, operated purely hydrodynamically (only by water power), made the canal look exemplary for a long time. The current importance of the canal is rather low, as the lock and bridge dimensions, which are small for the present time, do not allow economical container transport and only smaller inland vessels up to a unloading of 1000 t can pass through the canal. In addition, the canal is also used by sports boats in traffic between the Baltic Sea and the Elbe (approx. 5000–6000 boats per year).

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    • February 9, 2021

  • Bea

    Below the bridge at Kühsen is a nice resting place, with a view of the canal and the ships passing by.

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    • March 12, 2021

  • Rüdiger

    One of the many locks on the Elbe Lübeck Canal

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    • July 1, 2018

  • Bea

    Nice resting place at the bridge ..

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    • September 2, 2020

  • Stephan

    nice place for photos

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    • June 21, 2020

  • Igornito

    Nice route along the canal.One overtakes boats or waves at them. 🙋‍♂️

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    • July 25, 2020

  • TF

    The old bridges over the canal are simply more beautiful than the new ones.

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    • August 2, 2020

  • BerndHHBbg 🗿

    Shortly before the lock, the bridge is a great place to watch the slowly approaching boats as you rest.
    During our short 10-minute break, we saw and overtook four very beautiful boats.

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    • October 3, 2020

  • Ralph

    Beautiful old steel bridge over the Elbe-Lübeck Canal!

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    • March 2, 2021

  • Ralf Ramminger

    Nice to drive along the canal is something of the Göta Canal. There are already some routes worth driving in northern Germany.

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    • June 16, 2021

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Location: Kühsen, Herzogtum Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany


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