Offers in and on the water

For recreational captains and land lovers

Nowhere else has so much to discover as along the Finow canal. Here you will find the ideal conditions for relaxing boat tours with a motor boat or canoe, especially if you like to take shore leave. Germany's oldest artificial navigable waterway invites you to explore. The twelve hand-operated historical locks and the nearby Niederfinow boat lift are a special experience.

Motor boat

Be surprised by the Finow canal, close to nature and with many opportunities to go on shore. Ideal for a cosy tour with family or friends. Silent witnesses on the banks tell the story of its industrial past. Read more



Conquer the Finow canal by canoe, on an active form of transportation that brings you closer to nature. Paddle in pairs or in a group on the water and take a few breaks to go on shore - there's lots to see here! Read more


You get to be captain! With a rented raft, you can take the helm up the Finow canal after a short briefing and without a boat licence. Even if you are only a passenger on the Schippelschute, you will still enjoy the unspoilt landscape. Read more


With its numerous amount of lakes, Eberswalde offers many natural swimming areas - you can find the exact locations at tourist information. Swimming pool and sauna fans will enjoy "baff" leisure indoor aquatic centre park. Read more

Important information

  • Finow canal: max. speed without a licence 6 km/h
  • Oder-Havel waterway max. speed 9 km/h
  • The twelve hand-operated Finow canal locks are staffed in the season from 29 April until 16 October 2016 daily from 9 am - 5 pm.
  • The lift bridge in Eberswalde opens in the season when needed in 2 hour cycles, daily between 8 am - 6 pm.
  • Paddlers have priority when mooring at the green landing stage in the Finow canal locks' lower and upper approach.
  • No commercial shipping on the Finow canal

Facts about the Finow canal

  • Max. depth: 1.20 m
  • Min. clearance height: 3.85 m
  • Number of locks: 12 (overcoming a gradient of almost 36 m)
  • Max. vessel size: 41.50 m x 5.10 m
  • Length: 31.9 km