Photo by Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se
From Coast to Coast
The largest construction project in Sweden, the canal was built from 1810 to 1832 to connects the west coast and the east coast of the country. The 120-mile Göta Canal has 58 locks and enabled Sweden to ship cargo from Gothenburg to Stockholm without having to pass through Denmark and pay tolls. Built by more than 58,000 soldiers, along with 200 Russian deserters (who got part of their pay in aquavit), today the canal is a tourist favorite, where you can bike along the canal or sail by boat, both private or tour boats. It's a great way to experience the countryside at a slow and comfortable pace.
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Göta kanal, Sweden