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Main Danube Canal

This route covers the complete canal between Bamberg at the River Main and Kelheim at the River Danube. The canal from Bamberg to Nuremberg was finished after more than a decade of construction in 1972. Just 32 kilometres or 20 miles past Nuremberg the canal has to overcome nearly 95 metres or 312 feet to reach the highest point at 406 metres or 1,332 feet above sea level. This height difference is managed by means of 4 enormous locks, of which 3 lift the water over 24 metres or 80 feet at a time. After the continental divide, which separates the Danube River system from the Rhine River system, the canal passes the untouched medieval town of Berching and at dietfurt it follows the course of the quaint River Altmühl. This area is known to be one of the most precious German Nature Reserves, with sensational limestone outcrops, medieval villages and their castles. This route ends just before the canal joins the River Danube past Kelheim.

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