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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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  • It rather boring and not interesting, rather it is a place that you can watch while waiting for a flight at the port.
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  • The museum seems to be closed, and the channel seems to be "narrow" and a bit abandoned. Really interested how it looks like on the Belorussian side.  more »
  • I had just arrived to Poland, and stopped to get some cash. What a good surprise: a small village with some beautiful canals. There are cruises every day.  more »