Riksberg Locks, Gota Canal

Motala, Töreboda

 

The three connected locks in Riksberg have a total rise of 7.5 metres. This makes them the steepest rise on the entire western section of the canal.

The flight of locks at Riksberg is named after Baltzar von Platen, Cabinet Minister, Naval officer and creator of the Göta Canal. He was born in 1966 on Dornhoff estate in what was then part of Swedish Pomerania. During his career at sea, von Platen was captured by the Russians and held prisoner for two years. At the age of 34, von Platen retired from the Navy with the rank and dignity of colonel. Instead of sailing the seven seas, he wanted to build a waterway through Sweden. Although his plan was eventually fulfilled, he did not live to see the inauguration of the canal. On 6 December 1929, he died in office as Governor of Norway three years before work on the Göta Canal was finished.

 

Formal name: Baltzar Bogislaus von Platen (founder of the canal).

Built: 1819-1820.

 

Contact information

AB Göta kanalbolag
Box 3
591 21 Motala
Phone: +46-141202050

E-mail: info@gotakanal.se
Website: http://www.gotakanal.se

Opening hours

2018 Göta Canal is open:
Booking season May 2 - June 10
High season June 11 - August 15
Booking season August 16 - September 30