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The Neckar map with locks, piers, nature reserves and more:

Rafting - like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

See how a lock works:

Ahoi Kids – it’s your site

Be a captain!

A trip by ship is always fascinating. From time to time we come across large cargo ships. Then we have the chance to watch the life on board and to wave to the children and the captain. During such meetings our own vessel seesaws a little bit, have you already felt this feeling before? 



The most fascinating moment comes ...

 ... when the ship enters into a lock. The locks are so narrow! Are they big enough for our ship? But everything is okay. Downwards in the lock, the ship slides slowly along the lock walls. When the lock doors open, you will see the river again and we keep on going, just one“step” deeper. Going upwards in a lock, our ship enters into a very high lock. After the lock doors being closed our ship moves upwards, as if a ghost hand would tear it up.

You find other pictures and an animation further below on the side. Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

To steer the ship into a lock isn't easy.
Buoys have many functions, e. g. , they mark borders for areas where ships should not enter.
Meanwhile a big heap of scrap metal is transported on the Neckar. A washing machine is also present. Can you see it? Enlarge the photo.
Black-headed gulls have observed everything. They don't miss anything! They carry dark face masks, but they've been recognised, nevertheless!

On the way there is a lot to experience:

wanderers and bikers, trippers having barbecue at the Max-Eyth-See, many water birds and plants.

The harbour astonishes you with cargo-vessels, hugh cranes and container bridges.

You will certainly not being bored on board. Maybe you celebrate your birthday? Then cakes and sweets will be at your disposal. During the trip you can paint and tinker. Or you try to tie real „seamans knots“. All kids who can tie one of the knots described here will get a reward on board.   

Come, and have fun on board!

Seagulls, herons, geese, swans, ducks. . .

How ducks look for food ...
The grey heron sees exactly who swims under water. He lives with priority on fishing, frogs and salamanders or small mammals.
The swan goose is a threatened kind and can be watched in the new nature reserves near the Neckar.

Now the lock gate closes!

Enlarge the photos to see more. Simply click. If you want to learn where locks are, take a look at the Neckar map.


Depending on in which direction the ship goes the water from the lock chamber must be pumped, or it is filled with water. The water can raise a big ship in such a way that it can go on on a raised step in the river. If one pumps down the water, the ship can go further below again from the lock.

Also locks have traffic lights. Here you can see the empty and full lock chambers. With the help of locks a ship can cruise on rivers with "water steps".
Here we go! All passengers are looking forward to what's happening ...


An "elevator" for ships

An illustration about locks or sluices you can see here.

That's magic!
Now the ship is in the lock chamber.
Quite near at the wall!
Finally we know, why the knots are so important.
This is a bollard. The walls are dirty and slimy.
There are everywhere stairs for emergencies and repair.

Thus it looks from below. . .
. . . and thus from above!
The gate opens again. It is HUGE! Now the trip can be continued on another water level.
Do you believe, the ducklings in the tax house have brought luck?


How salmons "swim uphill"

In the old days there were salmons and other migratory fishes such as eel, allice shad and sea lamprey in the Neckar. Salmons are rather big fishes. They can jump over barriers and stones in the river to lay their eggs in the upper river area.
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