The Nausdorf Canal (German: Nausdorfer Kanal) is a canal in the municipalities of Lenzen and Karstädt in the northwest of Brandenburg, Germany. It links two lakes — the Rambower See, in Karstädt, and the Rudower See, in Lenzen — and runs through the Rambower Moor. It takes its name from the village of Nausdorf, part of Lenzen, located midway along the canal.

Nausdorfer Kanal at Nausdorf
Nausdorf Canal is located in Brandenburg
Nausdorf Canal
Nausdorf Canal is located in Germany
Nausdorf Canal
LocationLenzen (Elbe) and Karstädt, Brandenburg
Coordinates53°07′31″N 11°33′01″E / 53.125367°N 11.550382°E / 53.125367; 11.550382
Length5 km (3.1 miles)
Maximum boat beam3 m (9 ft 10 in)
(originally 8 m or 26 ft 3 in)
Maximum height above sea level17 m (56 ft)
Date completed1879 (1879)
Date extended1925
Start pointRambower See
End pointRudower See

Already in the 15th century, there was a mill stream that powered a mill in Nausdorf that existed until 1833. The canal was built between 1862 and 1879, and expanded in 1924/1925 to its present dimensions.[1]

The canal is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long and was designed with a width of 8–10 metres (26–33 ft); today at points it is a maximum of 3 metres (9.8 ft) wide. Its depth is about 1 metre (3 ft 3 in); its bed is covered with a thick layer of mud. The watercourse is not navigable. It is popular with anglers due to its large stock of whitefish.


  1. ^ Kroth, Bernd (2009). "Veränderungen im Wasserhaushalt des Rambower Moores aus historischer Sicht" [Changes in the water supply of the Rambower Moor from a historical perspective]. Das Rambower Moor, Beiträge zur Natur- und Heimatkunde [The Rambower Moor, articles about natural and local history]. Auenreport, 9. Lenzen Förderverein Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe Brandenburg e.V. OCLC 921912369. Also OCLC 935796216.