Locks

The Finow Canal is Germany's oldest man-made waterway that is still navigable and, with its 12 historic, still hand-operated locks, offers a unique and unforgettable experience of history and technology.

The navigable length of the Finow Canal between the Oder-Havel Canal near Ruhlsdorf and the Oder-Havel Canal near Liepe is currently 42 kilometres. After completion of the construction work on the western section ("Langer Trödel") between the Malzer Canal near Liebenwalde and the Oder-Havel Canal near Ruhlsdorf, the historic Finow Canal will once again be navigable along its original length. On this stretch, the Finow Canal overcomes a difference in altitude of approx. 36 metres.

In the section "Lock Operation", boaters learn everything that is important for navigating the Finow Canal.

In the 2021 season, our lock staff will be operating the locks for you daily from 23rd April to 24th October from 9am to 4:45pm.

Maximum speed: 6 km/h
Requirements for navigation: no licence required
Maximum boat dimensions L x W in metres: 35.0 x 5.0 m
Draught season 2021: 1.20 m

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