Niederfinow Boat Lift
The Niederfinow Boat Lift is the oldest working boat lift in Germany. It lies on the Oder-Havel Canal near Niederfinow in Brandenburg. The lift overcomes a difference in elevation of 36 metres.
Here, to the northeast of Berlin, about 50 kilometers far away from Berlin, not very far from the Poland boarder, mountains are moved: the Niederfinow Ships Lift is a technical masterpiece. From the shore, the difference in altitude that has to be surmounted is an impressive sight: the ships are moved into an elevator in order to then be transported from the Oder-Havel Canal into the Old Oder. From there, the barges sail in the direction of Poland. Even if a freighter weighs 1,200, it only takes the Niederfinow Ships Lift five minutes before it has surmounted a difference in altitude of 36 metres. But possible observers need not even sign on with a freighter to experience this spectacle: passenger ships run every day from the nearby town of Eberswalde to take technology fans and anyone who loves a beautiful view to Niederfinow Ships Lift.
Going by train > station : Lieper Schleuse, Parkplatz 6 Niederfinow
Planning for the new boat lift
Because of the continuing increase in traffic on the Oder-Havel-Kanal, in 1997 it was decided that a new, bigger lift should be built. In the autumn of 2006 earthworks began between the lift and the old staircase locks. The new lift, which is being built by Bilfinger Berger and the site is being developed in partnership with Johann Bunte. The trough will be 125.5 metres (412 ft) long and 15 metres (49 ft) wide and will weigh 2,785 tonnes (3,070 tons)and some 9,800 tonnes (10,800 tons) when filled with water. The cost will be 285 million euros. The old lift will remain in use however until at least 2025.