|DRAWBRIDGES IN ELBLĄG
The two existing footbridges will be replaced with drawbridges. Both facilities are designed to have three spans, with the one in the middle to be lifted. The width of the navigable span will be 16 m (52.5 ft) for both bridges, but the so called upper bridge will be smaller and available only to pedestrians and cyclists. The lower bridge will additionally have a section for road traffic.
THE JAGIELLONIAN CANAL
Built in 1483, the Jagiellonian Canal is the oldest canal in Poland. It is part of the shortest route between Gdańsk and Elbląg and measures 5.7 km (3.54 mi). The canal itself was intended to enhance the position of the port of Elbląg in relation to its rival, Gdańsk. When navigating the canal, you pass through the no longer functioning floodgate in Bielnik, in place of which there used to be 2 locks.
THE PONTOON BRIDGE IN NOWAKOWO
All the boats navigating the river will most probably have to stop at the pontoon bridge in Nowakowo, whose clearance is insufficient even for small vessels. Its construction is based on four pontoons. One of the spans is opened mechanically and very efficiently in the northern direction. In the 1970s, a ferry crossing existed in place of the bridge.
|ELBLĄG is worth visiting for its Old Town. Make sure to take a walk along Ścieżka Kościelna (Church Lane) during your visit. The old town conceals even greater treasures underneath: it is one of the largest areas in Europe where extensive archaeological works are carried out. The finds excavated so far can be seen at the Museum of Archaeology and History. Other places worth visiting include St Nicholas Cathedral, Brama Targowa (the Market Gate), and the Art Centre – “El” Gallery.|
|THE ELBLĄG CANAL connects Elbląg with Ostróda It is one of two waterways in the world that have inclined planes. They were necessary due to the big elevation difference, which amounts to c. 10 m (32.8 ft) on the distance of nearly 10 km (6.2 mi). It is only here that inclined planes have the so called dry back, which means that vessels travel a certain distance on dry land. In 2011, the Canal was included in the list of historic monuments; it has been in operation in an unchanged condition for 140 years without interruption.|
LAKE DRUZNO. When travelling the Elbląg Canal, you cannot fail to visit Lake Druzno. This water body used to be part of a sea bay, and its banks abound in over 200 species of waterbirds and marshbirds. Despite small depth, reaching a maximum of 3 m (9.8 ft), the lake is also a paradise for anglers – a beautiful pike is not hard to catch here.
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