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It was an ancient fascination; people dreamt of it for centuries – building a passage connecting the North Sea with the Baltic. It was King Christian VII of Denmark who instigated its construction. From 1773, the King of Denmark ruled the duchies Schleswig and Holstein, united under a single crown as integral parts of the Danish state. As a result, Schleswig-Holstein experienced a great economic and political revival and the building of the Eider Canal, forerunner of today’s Kiel Canal, created this most important waterway - at that time a much-admired feat of engineering. But a canal of this type was simply not big enough to meet the technical demands of the completely different political circumstances of the late 19th century.
In 1980 a “Canal-Verein” was set up in order to renovate the remaining parts but unfortunately preservation work on the Canal stopped after few years due to unsuccessful struggle against bureaucracy. Last year however the EU granted a subsidy amounting 400.000€ for renovation works. The tree planted by the water belongs to Gut Kluvensiek Manor. It is a remnant of a glorious past when the canal was even called the eighth wonder of the world.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2448 W: 0 N: 6432] (23003)
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