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Göta Canal, Soderkoping
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The Göta Canal is a Swedish canal constructed in the early 19th century. It formed the backbone of a waterway stretching some 614km, linking a number of lakes and rivers to provide a route from Gothenburg on the west coast to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea via the river Göta älv and the Trollhätte kanal, through the large lakes Vänern and Vättern.The canal itself is 190km long, of which 87km were dug or blasted, with a width varying between 7– and a maximum depth of about 3m. It has 58 locks and can accommodate vessels up to 32m long, 7m wide and 2.8m in draft. Göta Canal is a sister canal of Caledonian Canal in Scotland, which was also constructed by Thomas Telford.HistoryThe idea of a canal across southern Sweden was first put forward as early as 1516, by Hans Brask, the bishop of Linköping. However, it was not until the start of the 19th century that Brask's proposals were put into action by Baltzar von Platen, a German-born former officer in the Swedish Navy. He organised the project and obtained the necessary financial and political backing. His plans attracted the enthusiastic backing of the government and the new king, Charles XIII, who saw the canal as a way of kick-starting the modernisation of Sweden. Von Platen himself extolled the modernising virtues of the canal in 1806, claiming that mining, agriculture and other industries would benefit from "a navigation way through the country."
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  • It was very nice, the weather was ok, not as cold as we thought it would be. A nice place to visit for a walk and to be amazed by the Gota kanal. But you should keep an eye on your children, they coul...  more »
  • Take a bike ride along the Canal to Stirling. Not only along the Canal, but it's a little hilly gravel road.
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  • I travelled the canal between December 27th to January 1st, on a cargo ship. It was COLD , but what do you expect ??? Beautiful nights, still and too cold to snow, the mooring ropes were frozen solid ...  more »
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  • My wife may and I would fill 70 years in 2013. We have had the sailboat since 1980 and have also grown up in Lake Vättern in Granvik and partly in North Bay as a dream that we have sustained over the years was to go with a canal boat between Gothenburg and Stockholm. In the spring, I found an online auction that ICA-kuriren had and there was a canal trip with that auction items. I took home auction and we went to Gothenburg to get into Juno on Monday 10 June 2013. The ride then went the Göta älv River up to Lake Vänern and further through the channel västgötadel to then cross the Lake Vättern. In London we were still one night and continued early in the morning through Östergyllen to the Mem and the Baltic Sea. Juno, oden all night between 12 and 13 June up to Stockholm. The service was outstanding and the same about crew, from sailor to captain. In addition to the natural scenery was on board an absolute treat, but relations became quite soon as a family we were many nationalities on board. The trip is recommended on the warmest.
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  • Amazing good juice, charming patio and super nice owner. Go there!
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  • A great old water way with many different looks!
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  • We in our boat like to lock the hosts is great helpful and Nice. One of the large deposits. Jan segerström with crew in the Göta Canal Charters Boat Hedvig
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