By ship over dry land
Built in the 19th century, the canal today is a historic monument of hydroengineering art and a real tourist attraction.
From technical point of view, it is one of the most interesting navigation routes in Europe. The canal deals with the 99.5m difference in water levels by means of a system of slipways, locks, dams and safety gates. Five slipways permit for carrying boats across dry land on railmounted trolleys. The length of the canal is 80km, and it takes 11 hours to get from one end to another. However, if time presses one can get off the boat at Maldyty and make the trip 50% shorter.
Ostroda-Elblag Navigation Co. Ostroda, ul. Mickiewicza 9a, tel./fax +(48-89) 646 38 71
Elblag, ul. Panienska 14, tel./fax +(48-55) 232 43 07 www.um.ostroda.pl