In 1906, construction finally began on one of the region’s largest water projects: The Rhine-Weser canal. In 1914, construction was completed on a massive aqueduct in Minden. Here two parallel water bridges allow the “Midland Canal” (Mittellandkanal) to flow over the Weser River. At 371 meters, this structure is one of the largest water bridges in the world. Minden’s passenger navigation service offers informational cruises where visitors can learn about the central lock, pumping station, canal bridge and the southern route.
Don’t miss the turning (filling or emptying) of the central lock! The visitor center at the central lock offers all sorts of information, exhibits, models, and films detailing inland water navigation.