Augustow Canal, Augustow

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The Augustów Canal is a cross-border canal built in the 19th century in the present-day Podlaskie Voivodeship of northeastern Poland and the Grodno Region of north-western Belarus (then the Augustów Voivodeship of the Kingdom of Poland). From the time it was first built, the canal was described by experts as a technological marvel, with numerous sluices contributing to its aesthetic appeal.It was the first summit level canal in Central Europe to provide a direct link between the two major rivers, Vistula River through the Biebrza River – a tributary of the Narew River, and the Neman River through its tributary – the Czarna Hancza River, and it provided a link with the Black Sea to the south through the Oginski Canal, Daugava River, Berezina Canal and Dnieper River. It uses a post-glacial channel depression, forming the chain of Augustów lakes, and the river valleys of the Biebrza, the Netta, the Czarna Hancza and the Neman, which made it possible to perfectly integrate the Canal with the surrounding elements of the natural environment.
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  • There are two boat trips from Augustow. One is the Raspuda Lake ~ over one hour cruise over two lakes and one river. The second one is Studzienna Lake ~ three hour cruise over three lakes and two rive...  more »
  • Recently visited Augustow Canal. Had a great boat trip lasting 2 hours taking you from the port through lakes and the lock. Beautiful scenery and nature and impressive going through the lock as the bo...  more »
  • The tiny but interesting. Cool to understand what channel and what it built. Until I feel sorry for that so interesting and well kept project has prevented our unfortunate history. Friendly and helpful Lady. Recommend
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