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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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  • We liked this short trip a lot! So much to see and experience! Do not miss this! There are shorter as well as longer rides!  more »
  • A beautiful number of places to visit alongside the canal, or if you want to make it your vacation destination; Incredibly peaceful and quaint boat trip along the entire stretch.  more »
  • Goodish scenery. fair and likely to be english speakng swedish staffly modern boats. Recognise that summer is short in Scandinavia. Autumn arrives in august.  more »

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