Guided tour in the lock area - CANCELLED 2021
During the summer months you can join the guided tours offered by the Canal Museum in the locks area.
Guided Tours 2021 - CANCELLED
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the organizer of the guided tours, the Canal Museum, has decided to cancel all tours during summer 2021.
Trollhättan has one of Sweden's most beautiful locks area with three lock systems in one area. Enjoy the picturesque area and listen to its history from the year 1700 and up till today. The guided tours are held in Swedish and English. Please observe that the tour passes through uneaven terrain and up and down stairs.
The locks from 1800 and 1844
At the end of the 1700s, engineers finally found a solution to bypass the magnificent Trollhättan waterfalls. Constructing a long canal close to the present day town center, and adding locks, would tame the flow of the water to allow ships to pass safely. The first lock stairs with a total of eight locks stood ready in 1800 and was an immediate success. However, more capacity was soon needed to match the newly constructed Göta Canal, which opened up the route to the Baltic. Therefore another stair of locks were opened in 1844.
Present day locks
In the valley, Gamle Dal, surrounded by forest and beautiful nature, is now a completely different environment. Just a hundred years ago, this now quiet area, bustled with life as the wooden ships made their slow progress through the old lock gates. The newest part of the lock system was ready in 1916, the same year that Trollhättan got their town privileges. This newest system consisted of four locks and is still in use today. June to August is the busiest period of the year as the Göta River fills with leisure boats. It is a unique experience to see how big and small boats alike are moved up almost 30 metres through the locks.
Psst! Did you know.. A large number of cargo ships pass through Trollhättan´s lock system every year. In the summer there are also about 400 leisure boats passing through.