Stockholm - Göteborg, 4 days
09.00 Departure from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103
09.20 Hammarby lock
The first lock on our journey.
09.30-12.30 Lake Mälaren
0.3 meters above sea level. Swedens third largest lake
10.30 Drottningholm Castle
Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage sites.
Södertälje lock, 135 meters long, is the largest lock we will go through.
12.40-01.20 The Baltic
The archipelago of St Anna and Södermanland.
Trosa has been a well-known town since the 14th century. It was moved to its present site in 1610. Regular steamer traffic from Stockholm and Nyköping began in 1860, bringing large numbers of summer visitors. Some of the local fishermens picturesque red houses have been rebuilt into attractive homes with carved wood decoration and beautiful verandas. Guided walk (about 2.5 km) Swimming is an option.
The ruins of the Stegeborg Castle are in a lovely natural setting overlooking Slätbaken bay. The fort dates from the early Middle Ages and was built to guard the entrance to Söderköping.
On 26th Sept. 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. We now go through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal.
Söderköping is an idyllic town, which was founded in the 13th century and it was most important during the Hansa period. The town also has a long and fascinating history as a spa. Walk along the canal and board at the lock Carlsborg övre (4.3 km).
09.00-09.30 Lake Asplången, 27 meters above sea level
The railway line between Stockholm and Malmö crosses here. There is also a lock at Norsholm.
10.50-13.00 Lake Roxen, 33 meters above sea level
13.00 Berg (Carl-Johan)
With its seven interconnected locks, the Carl Johan lock stairway in Berg is the longest on the Canal. The convent of Vreta Kloster, now a ruin, was the first to be built in Sweden. It dates from about 1100 and its importance was later over-shadowed by the convent founded by St. Birgitta in Vadstena. The church is one of the most interesting in Sweden, with many medieval works of art. Today, it is used as a parish church and therefore not always open. Guided walk (about 3 km, partly hilly) to Vreta Cloister ruins and church. Or walk along the canal on your own. Swimming in Lake Roxen is an option.
15.20 Berg (Heda)
Departure after having gone through 15 locks at Berg. Board again at the lock of Heda, left side.
15.30 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
Here we pass over the first of two aqueducts (built in 1970) on our journey.
Just before Borensberg, there is an aqueduct (built in 1993).
One of two manually operated locks is found here and also the well-known Göta Hotel.
18.50-19.40 Lake Boren, 73 meters above sea level.
Lock stairway of five locks. The song of the nightingale is often heard in this area. Walk to Motala past von Platens grave. 1 hour.
21.00 Arr. Motala
As Baltzar von Platen had intended, Motala developed into a town. Motala Werkstad, an engineering works, was established here to serve the Göta Canal and was considered the cradle of Swedish industry. We visit Motala Motor museum, which has an exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings, a collection of radios, toys, household appliances and more. Visit a museum. Walk to von Platens grave, 1-km walk (left side of the canal). Overnight stop.
04.00 Dep. Motala
We leave Motala and head out into Lake Vättern.
04.00-06.00 Lake Vättern, 89 meters above sea level. Swedens second largest lake.
Before we leave the boat there is singing and flowers from the Kindbom family, a religious group.
Forsvik Bruk is one Swedens most interesting industrial communities and its history is six hundred years old. Today, it is a well-known museum of industrial history with various exhibitions, a film show, and more. Forsvik also has the Göta Canals oldest lock, built in 1813, and an impressive iron bridge constructed in the same year. Visit a museum (short walk).
08.30-09.15 Billströmmen/ The Spetsnäs Canal
Through two narrow, wooded passages and small lakes with water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.
08.30-10.45 Lake Viken
The beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 meters above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal. Possibility to see osprey.
Manually operated lock. Now, we will be going downwards!
11.15 The Berg Canal / the Obelisk
An obelisk marks the canals highest point (91.5 meters above sea level). A difficult bend was straightened in 1933, the Berg Canal.
The railway line between Stockholm and Göteborg crosses the canal here. Swedens smallest ferry, Lina, travels back and forth across the Göta Canal.
A lock system consisting of four locks. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. 50 min. walk to Lyrestad from Godhögen lock.
According to von Platen, Lyrestad was intended to become a major town. The old harbor storehouse was used for goods carried on the canal. Nowadays, it contains a museum run by the local homestead association. Visit the Homestead Museum.
At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks. Option to walk along the canal.
20.15-04.15 Lake Vänern, 44 meters above sea level. Swedens largest lake.
24.00 Läckö Castle
The Castle was built in 1298 as a bishops residence. Its golden age was during the reign of Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who transformed it into baroque style in 1652. The boat goes close by and the tour guide will tell the story of the castle.
05.30-06.45 Trollhättan, Rysskajen
The impressive flight of locks at Trollhättan consists of four locks, covering a 32-metre difference in water level. There are three lock systems and the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use. We stop here to await daylight. Possible to go on an early morning walk in the lock area.
06.45-07.30 Trollhättan, locks
08.30-08.45 Lilla Edet
The lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the last lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.
Lödöse was a prominent trading centre on the west coast as far back as the 11th century. We visit the Medieval Museum, which depicts the area, the people and the crafts of early times. Guided visit to a museum (a walk of about 1 km).
14.30 Arr. Göteborg, Packhuskajen 10
Our cruise ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Göteborg.
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