Oderberg marks the end of the Finow Canal – this is where it reaches the River Oder, which leads to the Baltic Sea. The museum in Oderberg offers interesting insights into the history of inland waterway transport and fisheries. The developments that took place over the centuries are brought to life by various model ships – from the wooden ‘Kaffenkahn’ barge with sails, to the steam tug, to the modern diesel-powered pusher unit. The museum also traces the development of the waterways and their engineering works. An entire floor of the museum is dedicated to Oderberg’s fishing tradition, which is almost 1,000 years old. In the Middle Ages there were 36 families of fishermen here.
But the most well-known exhibit is the former luxury paddle steamer ‘Riesa’, built in 1897 and used on the River Elbe until 1976. In 1901 she carried the Emperor of Austria across the Elbe. You can see the steam engine up close from inside. In the outdoor area, further interesting vessels and ship engines are on display.
Binnenschifffahrts-Museum Oderberg (Oderberg inland waterway transport museum)
Hermann-Seidel-Straße 44, 16248 Oderberg
Opening times: April–Oct open daily 10am–5pm, Nov–Mar open daily 10am–3pm
Admission: adults €4, children (6–14) €2, concessions €2.50, family ticket €10
Tel: (03 33 69) 53 93 21