|THE ODRA-HAVEL CANAL. Built in the years 1905-14, the Odra-Havel Canal relieved the 17th century Finow Canal. It is fit for vessels with a deadweight of 600 tonnes, compared with only 170 tonnes for the old route. Moreover, the new connection between the Odra and the Havel has only 4 locks instead of 17. The most interesting facility on the Odra-Havel Canal is the Niederfinow boat lift, put into operation in 1934, which allows to move through the 36-metre (118.1 ft) elevation difference in about 5 min. Part of this atypical lock is a trough measuring 85 by 12 m (37.4 by 278.9 ft). In 2014 a new lock is to be put for use. It will be a lifting lock with the capacity of 3000 tonnes and 115 m of length and 12,5m of width.
|THE KNIGHTLY ORDERS TRAIL
in the Lubusz Land. In the vicinity of Kostrzyn, you can visit places connected with the Knights Templar and the Knights of St John. In the Middle Ages, the orders owned estates in this area; sacred, military and farm buildings dating back to their times survive to this day. A cycling route begins in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, comprising the most interesting historic monuments from that period and running e.g. through Szumiłowo, Kaleńsko, Chwarszczany and Dragomyśl, as far as Słońsk.
Built in the 16th c., it was a splendid example of military engineering for 400 years but did not endure air raids during World War II. The remaining complexes of walls and bastions can still be admired today, e.g. ones called Filip or Brandenburgia. Apart from the famous Woodstock Festival Poland, Kostrzyn is also the scene of battle shows prepared by reconstruction groups.
WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL POLAND
This is indisputably the greatest event in Kostrzyn nad Odrą. The festival ranks among the largest and best organized ones in Europe. It takes place at the end of July and at the beginning of August and is organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation (Fundacja Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy) in order to thank all the volunteers and supporters of the Great Orchestra. The first festival was held in 1995 in Czymanowo (near Żarnowieckie Lake). Every year since 2004, the event has been held in Kostrzyn nad Odrą.
IW E70 – THE EAST-WEST (E-W) STRETCH
THE BYDGOSZCZ CANAL
IW E70 – THE SOUTH-NORTH (S-N) STRETCH
THE VISTULA LAGOON
THE ELBLĄG RIVER AND THE JAGIELLONIAN CANAL
THE MARTWA WISŁA, THE ŚMIAŁA WISŁA, THE GDAŃSK MOTŁAWA
WATERWAY SIGNS AND MARKING
SCHEMES OF LOCKS AND HARBOURS