The canal in eastern Schleswig-Holstein
|Length||38.24 miles (61.54 km)|
|Start point||Lauenburg (Elbe)|
|End point||Lübeck (Trave)|
The Elbe–Lübeck Canal (also known as the Elbe–Trave Canal) is an artificial waterway in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It connects the Elbe and Trave rivers, hence constituting an accessway from the Elbe to the Baltic Sea. It is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long; the northern terminus is Lübeck, and the southern terminus is the town of Lauenburg. The town of Mölln is along the canal.
The older Stecknitz Canal had first connected Lauenburg and Lübeck on the Old Salt Route by linking the tiny rivers Stecknitz (a tributary of the Trave) and Delvenau (a tributary of the Elbe), thus establishing an inland water route across the drainage divide from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Built between 1391 and 1398, the Stecknitz Canal was the first European summit-level canal and one of the earliest artificial waterways in Europe. In the 1890s the canal was replaced by the enlarged and straightened Elbe–Lübeck Canal, which includes some of the Stecknitz Canal's watercourse.
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