Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
The path is quite strict. On the one hand lies on the road, it is just not a smooth asphalt, on the other hand blowing there often a strong wind. Kanal halt ..... On our journey from Mölln to Lauenburg we realized then that we would rather take the train back ..... But the effort was worth it, you should not miss Lauenburg.
October 22, 2018
Forerunner of the Elbe-Lübeck Canal is the historic Stecknitz Canal, which was built in 1391-1398 by the Lübeck in the course of the rivers Stecknitz and Delvenau. Their old routes are still visible to the left and right of today's Elbe-Lübeck Canal. This canal had 17 locks (first passages, later as chamber locks) on a length of 97 kilometers and was the first real watershed channel in Europe. From the locks, the Palm lock in Lauenburg and the Dücker lock (traffic lock) at Witzeeze are still preserved. Almost 500 years, this waterway remained in operation until the construction of the ELK.The new canal was put into operation in 1900. As the only German canal of this epoch alongside the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal, the Elbe-Lübeck Canal was designed from the start for 1000-ton ships. The seven locks provide traffic between the Elbe and the Baltic Sea over the opposite of the Trave about twelve meters higher elevation at Mölln. They are designed for two ships each 8 meters wide and up to 80 meters in length (or at that time for 65 meters long towed barges), only the 2006 renewed lock Lauenburg has a length of 115 m.Today's importance of the channel is rather low, since the small lock and bridge dimensions for today's time do not allow economical container transport and only smaller inland vessels can pass the channel up to a discharge of 1000 tons. Today, the canal is mainly used for bulk materials (such as gravel mined in the area of the canal). In 2008, the transport volume amounted to 1.1 million tonnes in 2432 freight ships (both related to lock Lauenburg). In addition, the canal is also used by recreational shipping in traffic between the Baltic Sea and the Elbe (about 5000-6000 boats per year)Source:
August 24, 2017
The 116 km long cycle route Alte Salzstraße connects the old Hanseatic cities of Lüneburg and Lübeck. Where in the Middle Ages valuable salt was transported on sandy paths to Lübeck, today cyclists discover the beauties of the Duchy of Lauenburg in all its diversity on the historic trade route.The route leads through the Duchy of Lauenburg from Lüneburg (Lower Saxony) to Lübeck-Travemünde. Cyclists pass through the cities of Lauenburg, Büchen, and Mölln. On the way you will discover the monastery Lüne, the ship lift Scharnebeck as well as numerous locks and a cable ferry.Connection to the Deutsche Bahn you have in the cities Lüneburg, Lauenburg, Büchen, Mölln, and Lübeck and Lübeck-Travemünde. The trains run every hour and bring bicycles.
The well-navigable track was renovated in 2004 and leads mostly on paved dirt roads and low-traffic roads.
The track is largely flat.
The bike path is completely signposted and marked with logos.
The route has a low level of difficulty and is suitable for beginners, recreational riders and families with children.
Rest areas, shelters, shelters and barbecue and playgrounds are available at different distances along the entire route.
In the cities, cafes and restaurants invite you to linger and enjoy.
For overnight stays there are youth hostels, campsites or one of the numerous bed & bike establishments along the Old Salt Road. Lists of accommodation can be found at: bettundbike.de.
In the cities of Lüneburg, Artlenburg / Elbe, Lauenburg, Mölln, Ratzeburg and Lübeck there are bike rentals and repair services.
March 25, 2019
I drove this route to Güster, from Lüneburg, and can only recommend the canal. The path is good and increases only at the locks. If you are lucky, a smuggling is taking place. In contrast to the Elbe side channel, the vegetation is much richer.
December 13, 2016
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