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Göta Kanal ny 2012

Göta Canal

The Göta Canal is one of Sweden's best known and most popular tourist attractions, and has been named the Swedish Construction of the Millennium.

The 190 km canal was built between 1810 and 1832 by a total of 58,000 Swedish soldiers who dug an amazing 87 km of it by hand. Construction was initiated and headed by Baltzar von Platen.

Today you will see a wide and appealing range along the Canal. Canal cruises, sights, fun activities, good food and comprehensive service – surrounded by a beautiful landscape and the unique canal atmosphere.


The Göta Canal stretches between Mem at the Baltic and Sjötorp on Lake Vänern, with 58 locks along the way. In combination with the Trollhätte Canal, the Göta Canal connects Stockholm with Göteborg.


Information for leisure boats:
Length 30 m
Beam 7 m
Draught 2,82 m
Height 22 m
Maximum speed in the canal is 5 knots
Number of locks: 58
Number of marinas: 21
Length of the Göta Canal: 190 km
Greatest height a.s.l.: 91.8 m


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