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From Berlin to the Vistula Lagoon

From Berlin to the Vistula Lagoon

The cruise started in Kostrzyn nad Odrą and via the so-called Berlin Ring (Oder-Havel Canal, Hohenzollern Canal, River Spree in Berlin, Oder-Spree Canal) ended back on the Oder and the Polish section of the IWW E70.  

Along the banks of the river Warta, the cruisers were welcomed by the new waterfront in Gorzów. In Santok and Drezdenko, the local authorities assisted the boaters by organising the purchase of fuel.  

Along the Noteć, practical and aesthetically pleasing markings appear, arranged by the Association of Towns and Communes upon the Noteć River. The Noteć, with its meanders and surrounding natural environment is a most beautiful river. On the 176th kilometre of the route, between the Oder and the Vistula, there are 22 canal locks, which span the total level difference of 57 meters in height. The locks, except for the latest one, are of the same design and date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  

Following the wide Bydgoszcz Canal, stretching for 24.5 km, one flows into the city of Bydgoszcz. Before the lock Czyżkówko in Bydgoszcz, we pass a new marina with showers, access to electricity and a monitoring system. The life of Bydgoszcz concentrates around the rivers. Just a kilometre past the modern, large Czersko Polskie Lock, flows the Vistula.  

The Vistula, the gratest of the European wild rivers, delights with beautiful high banks with towns and cities overlooking it, like Grudziądz, Nowe, Gniew and Tczew. Unfortunately, this riverine highway is empty. Luckily, the high waters slow down to drift between the shoals.  

The Gdańska Głowa Lock leads to the Szkarpawa, flowing almost at the same height level as the surrounding fields of the Żuławy lowlands, and further on to the Vistula Lagoon. After 11 days, the boats arrive at Krynica Morska, where the crews take part in the International Sailing Rally, and on the following day they finish their 800 km long voyage in Elbląg.