World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Marne–Rhine Canal

Article Id: WHEBN0007636654
Reproduction Date:

Title: Marne–Rhine Canal  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Battle of Lagarde, Nancy, France, Meuse (river), Canals in France
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Marne–Rhine Canal

Marne–Rhine Canal
The Marne-Rhine Canal at Niderviller, Moselle
Length 313 km (194 mi) [1]
Locks 154 [1] (originally 178 [2])
Construction began 1838 [3]
Date completed 1853 [3]
Start point Marne in Vitry-le-François [1]
End point Rhine in Strasbourg [1]
Ending coordinates
Connects to Rhine, Marne, Meuse River, Moselle River, Canal des houillères de la Sarre

The Marne–Rhine Canal (French: Canal de la Marne au Rhin) is a canal in north eastern France. It connects the river Marne in Vitry-le-François with the Rhine in Strasbourg. Combined with the canalised part of the Marne, it allows transport between Paris and eastern France. The original objective of the canal was to connect Paris and the north of France with the Alsace, the Rhine, and Germany.[3]


  • Description 1
  • En Route 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The 313 km (194 mi) long canal was opened in 1853. The canal is suited for small ships (péniches), maximum size 38.5 m long and 5.05 m wide. It has 154 locks, including two in the Moselle River. There are four tunnels. The Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane is located between Arzviller and Saint-Louis and its construction replaced some 17 locks.[3]

The Marne–Rhine Canal is connected with the following navigable waterways (from west to east):

Its course crosses the following départements and towns:

The Voies Navigables France Itinéraires Fluviaux breaks the canal into eastern and western sections. The western sections goes from Vitry-le-François to Toul over 131.4 km (81.6 mi) via 97 locks. The eastern section goes from Frouard to Strasbourg over 159 km (99 mi) via 57 locks.[4] The 23.4 km (14.5 mi) section between Toul and Frouard is closed and a canalized section of the Moselle River is used.[3]

The Through the French Canals book breaks the canal into eastern and western sections, but with a different separation point. The western sections goes from Vitry-le-François to Réchicourt over 222 km (138 mi) via 121 locks. The eastern section goes from Réchicourt to Strasbourg over 91 km (57 mi) via 33 locks.[1]

Tunnel near Arzviller

En Route

The end in Strasbourg

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Jefferson, David (2009). Through the French Canals. Adlard Coles Nautical. p. 275.  
  2. ^ Uhlemann, Hans-Joachim (2002). Canal lifts and inclines of the world (English Translation ed.). Internat.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m McKnight, Hugh (2005). Cruising French Waterways, 4th Edition. Sheridan House.  
  4. ^ Voies Navigables France Itinéraires Fluviaux. Editions de l'Écluse. 2009.  

External links

  • Canal de la Marne au Rhin guide Places, ports and moorings on the Marne-Rhine canal -
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.