A Canal Across Germany

Germany has an extensive canal system, made up in part by the Mittellandkanal (Midland Canal), which helps form an important industrial shipping route from the west of the country, all the way to Poland. In Minden the Mittellandkanal engages in this verging-on-the-ridiculously-complex aquatic interchange where the canal crosses the Weser River. There’s usually a 13 metre height difference between the river and the canal, so locks like this one (ground level photo) are needed to get vessels up and down. To the east, the Mittellandkanal crosses a small river and a road in Hanover, primarily to pass right…

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