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The Elbe Lübeck-Canal

With seven locks, the Elbe-Lübeck Canal overcomes the elevations between the Baltic Sea and the Elbe. From the Trave (river) to the top near Mölln five locks must be passed in the northern ascent, in the southern descent to the Elbe there are two locks.


The canal has no natural water inflows and is therefore fed exclusively from rain and meltwater. In times of low rainfall, the lockings are reduced to what is absolutely necessary, i.e. only commercial shipping is handled, and pleasure boating has to wait for a transfer. This can take several hours and must be scheduled. By ascent, follow the instructions given by the lock officials, as water columns can shoot up at certain points.


It is also advisable to phone the first lock in advance and to arrange the desired locking time. The lock foremen have always reported the boats to the next lock. Therefore please be sure to inform the locks if you interrupt the journey for a break.


On almost the entire canal route it is very difficult to land. (Riprap, posts under water). Only in the upper water of the locks, there are good landing possibilities. All locks are easily accessible by vehicle.


Locks:

Büssau (canal-km 3.4, lifting height 1.5 m, Tel: 045151253)
Krummesse (canal-km 8.5, lifting height 2.75 m, Tel: 045081886)
Berkenthin (canal-km13.3, lifting height 1.75 m, Tel: 045441836)
Behlendorf (canal km 16.5, lifting height 1.65 m, Tel: 045441804)
Donnerschleuse (Thunder lock) (canal-km 20.6, lifting height max 4.18 m, Tel: 045431431)
Witzeeze (canal-km 50,8, lifting height max 3,28 m, Tel: 041555891)
Lauenburg (canal-km 59.8, lifting height max 4.85 m, Tel: 041535973-11)
Confluence with the Elbe at km 61.55.

Locking times: 

From 1st April till 31st October
Monday: 7 am - 6:45 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 6 am - 9 pm
Sundays and public holidays: 8 am - 5:45 pm

 

From 1st November till 31st March
Monday: 7 am - 6:45 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 6 am - 8 pm
Sundays and public holidays: 8 am - 2:45 pm



The bridge clearance height is 4.4 m at normal water levels.

 

Source: www.elwis.de (Electronic Waterway Information Service)