Lower Saxony/Hannover - By boat & waterway

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The Mittelland Canal, Germany’s longest man-made waterway, connects Hannover to the continent’s biggest sea and inland ports.

Hannover: a hub of European transport links

Überischtskarte Hafen Hannover

A significant part of what makes the Hannover economic area a great location is its position as a hub of Europe’s transport links.

Situated on major transport routes between north and south as well as east and west


With their affordable transport connections to every major north-south and east-west transport route, and their excellent infrastructure and superstructure, Hannover’s harbours provide optimal conditions for logistics.

Hannover’s four harbours

Nordhafen Harbour, Linden Harbour, Brink Harbour and Misburg Harbouron the Mittelland Canal and the Linden Branch Canal provide excellent accessibility to the sea ports and the hinterland.

Hannover / Lower Saxony: The Mittelland Canal

Mittelland Canal at Hannover

The Mittelland Canal branches from the Dortmund-Ems Canal at Bergeshövede, near Rheine, and ends around 320 km later at Magdeburg on the River Elbe. As a central part of North Germany’s only east-west waterway, it connects the basins of the Rhine, Ems, Weser and Elbe rivers and also provides access to Berlin as well as the waterways of Eastern Europe.

As well as the Mittelland Canal running directly through the industrial areas of Ibbenbüren, Minden, Hannover, Braunschweig and Magdeburg, it is also connected to other major industrial and commercial areas by the branch canals running towards Osnabrück, Hannover-Linden, Hannover-Misburg, Hildesheim and Salzgitter.

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