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Landwehrkanal, Berlin

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The Landwehr Canal, or Landwehrkanal in German, is a 10.7km long canal parallel to the Spree river in Berlin, Germany, built between 1845 and 1850 according to plans by Peter Joseph Lenné. It connects the upper part of the Spree at the Osthafen (Eastern Harbour) in Friedrichshain with its lower part in Charlottenburg, flowing through Kreuzberg and Tiergarten.Lenné designed a canal with sloped walls, an average width of 20m at the surface and locks near both ends to control the water depth. In the course of two enlargements (1883–1890 and 1936–1941), it reached a breadth of 22m and a depth of 2m. Today the waterway is mainly used by tourist boats and pleasure craft.The Landwehr Canal leaves the Spree River in the Osthafen (Eastern Harbour) in Friedrichshain, east of the city centre. It immediately descends through the Schleusenufer (Upper Lock) and heads in a straight line south west to its junction with the Neukölln Ship Canal, which provides a connection to the Teltow Canal. Here the Landwehr Canal turns north west through Kreuzberg, along the Paul-Lincke-Ufer
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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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  • You have to search for it but this is worth to find. It's a hidden location near Alt Treptower Park. In restaurated buildings you will find different restaurant, there is on the canal a boot swim faci...  more »
  • With was hot in July and we went on this 3hrs tour through many locks on the Spree. Bloody hot if you are not used to the sun. Lots of great sites but I think spring or fall would also make for an int...  more »
  • I was at the Turkish Market at Maybachufer and part of this canal runs directly behind it. After shopping I decided to stroll along the water and it was lovely. Boats were passing and many people were...  more »