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The Oder-Havel Canal
is a German
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
canal built between 1908 and 1914, originally known as the Hohenzollern Canal
. Together with Hohensaaten-Friedrichsthaler Wasserstraße, the Oderhaltung
and the Schwedter Querfahrt
it forms the Havel-Oder-Wasserstraße
. It runs from the town of Cedynia
Cedynia is a town in Poland, in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in Gryfino County. It lies close to the Oder River, near the border with Germany, and is the westernmost town in Poland...
near the city of Szczecin
Szczecin , is the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. It is the country's seventh-largest city and the largest seaport in Poland on the Baltic Sea. As of June 2009 the population was 406,427....
on the Oder River between Germany and Poland
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to the Havel
The Havel is a river in north-eastern Germany, flowing through the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin and Saxony-Anhalt. It is a right tributary of the Elbe river and in length...
, a tributary of the Elbe
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, near Berlin
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. It is 82.8 kilometres (51.4 mi) long, and 33 metres (36.1 yd) wide.