Oder–Spree Canal

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The Oder–Spree Canal, or the Oder-Spree-Kanal in German, is a canal in the east of Germany. It links the Dahme river, at Schmöckwitz in the south-eastern suburbs of Berlin, with the River Oder, at Eisenhüttenstadt. It provides an important commercial navigable connection between Berlin and the Oder, and hence Poland.[1]

Oder–Spree Canal
A lock on the Oder-Spree Canal in Wernsdorf
Coordinates52°22′40″N 13°40′32″E / 52.37778°N 13.67556°E / 52.37778; 13.67556Coordinates: 52°22′40″N 13°40′32″E / 52.37778°N 13.67556°E / 52.37778; 13.67556
Length20 km (12 miles)
Date completed1891
Start pointRiver Oder, at Eisenhüttenstadt
End pointRiver Dahme river, at Schmöckwitz
Beginning coordinates52°08′52″N 14°40′57″E / 52.1479°N 14.6824°E / 52.1479; 14.6824
Ending coordinates52°22′45″N 13°40′08″E / 52.3791°N 13.6690°E / 52.3791; 13.6690
Map of waterways in the Berlin region

The canal has several connections to the River Spree. For a stretch of about 20 kilometres (12 mi) near Fürstenwalde the canal utilises the river as part of its route, and there is a navigable connection to the river upstream of this section, although these reaches are relatively shallow and are generally only used by leisure craft. However the principal connection is via the River Dahme, which joins the River Spree at Köpenick, to the east of the centre of Berlin.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sheffield, Barry (1995). Inland Waterways of Germany. St Ives: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson. pp. 113–122. ISBN 0-85288-283-1.