A beautiful history
The idea of the canal was actually born out of anger at the heavy duties exacted by Denmark for using the Great Belt for shipping. Baltzar von Platen started construction on the Göta Canal in 1810, and by 1832 the entire canal was completed. The Göta Canal is by far one of the biggest construction projects ever in Sweden. Measuring 190 km in length, with 58 locks, the canal stretches from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem on the Baltic. Of that distance, 87 km is man-made.
Quite simply, it’s a unique canal with a beautiful history.
Come and experience it for yourself!
Baltzar von Platen, founder of the Göta CanalIn 1798, the naval officer and politician Count Baltzar von Platen was elected to the Board of Directors of the Trollhätte Canal. At the same time, he was developing plans for a link between the North Sea and the Baltic, what was to become the Göta Canal.
This picture shows Motala Harbour with the AB Göta kanalbolag headquarters in the background.