Ship lifts are one of the most fascinating technical constructions to me. Being able to move ships like in an elevator is an amazing invention. In Waltrop-Henrichenburg in the Northern Ruhrgebiet region, you find an absolutely amazing place: two ship lifts and two ship locks are located in the same area, one of the locks still operating. During a summer trip, I explored the area, which local supporters try to turn into a UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy the trip to the naval past and present with me!
Henrichenburg Naval Locks – Location & Admission
Waltrop-Henrichenburg is located North of Castrop-Rauxel in the Ruhrgebiet. You most easily access the area by car leaving the A2 motorway at Henrichenburg and then heading North on the B235 national route. Especially the historic lock is very popular, so that there are quite some touristic facilities close to the locks and ship lifts. A very popular option is to have ship cruises in the area, where the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal (Dortmund Ems Channel, in which in fact the locks and lifts are located) and the Rhein-Herne-Kanal (Rhein Herne Channel) are joining. There are several options to have a snack as well.