For 300 years the Swedes dreamed of linking the Baltic with the North Sea. In 1832, after 22 years of toil, the dream became a reality. The building of the Göta Canal was supervised by Count Baltzar von Platen, naval officer and government minister, who, with the assistance of around 60,000 soldiers, executed one of Sweden´s largest construction projects.
Today, the Göta Canal is a hugely popular attraction. The canal region is visited by over 2.5 million people every year. Large numbers travel on the canal in their pleasure boats or on one of the numerous passenger boats.
Gliding along Swedens most picturesque waterway at 5 knots is a delight for all the senses.
The canal extends from the Baltic to Lake Vänern – 190 km long with a total of 58 locks. It winds its way through idyllic countryside, revealing the Swedish landscape at its best. It passes through lakes both large and small and is bordered by picturesque communities with historic sights.
The canal is just as popular among visitors without boats. The traffic-free towpath running alongside is one of Sweden´s most popular cycle ways, and many people paddle, ramble, ride or hold barbecues beside the canal.