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The Finow Canal

The Finow Canal

Where water reveals industrial heritage

Relatively short but beautiful, the Finow Canal winds its way for 32 kilometres (19 miles) through the Barnim countryside – from Lange Trödel near Liebenwalde to the Alte Oder near Hohensaaten. Two masterpieces of engineering technology make it worth paying a visit: the old Niederfinow ship lift of 1927 and the new ship lift currently under construction.

TheFinowCanalitself is testimony to industrial history. Building of the historical waterway began way back in 1605, but descended into the chaos of the Thirty Years’ War. Construction started again from 1743 by decree of Friedrich II and subsequently freight shipping contributed to the development of industry in the Finow valley. We can still see traces of this today, even though the canal became less significant after the appearance of the Havel-Oder Waterway in 1914 and commercial transport ceased completely in 1972.

You can imagine how busy it was here when you glimpse buildings from the industrial era along the banks. The towpath – now transformed into a footpath and cycle track – that runs parallel to theFinowCanalbears witness to hard work. Sometimes, you can attempt to pull a boat with a horse yourself.

Twelve historical and mainly hand-operated locks need to be negotiated, with a total height of 36 metres (almost 120 feet). You can canoe or row, drift along on a raft or take a trip on the Schippelschute barge. All this has been possible on theFinowCanalsince the end of the 1990s, when the canal itself and the surrounding infrastructure were restored with considerable financial means. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see protected animals or birds like beavers or kingfishers on the banks.

www.finowkanal.info

 
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