Rhine–Main–Danube Canal (aka Main-Donau Kanal, Main-Danube Canal, and RMD Canal) is located in Germany's Bavaria state. It connects both rivers Main and Danube and runs from Bamberg to Kelheim via Nuremberg (Nurnberg). Main-Danube Canal also connects North Sea (Rhine Delta at Rotterdam Holland) to Black Sea (Danube Delta in Romania through Danube–Black Sea Canal).
Rhine–Main–Danube Canal is part of each river cruise itinerary between Amsterdam Holland and Budapest Hungary or grand voyages all the way to Bucharest Romania, and also the reverse route from Black Sea (Romania) to North Sea (Holland). Along the route there are a total of 16 locks managed from all 4 control centres (in Neuses, Kriegenbrunn, Hilpoltstein, and Dietfurt). Each station is manned with 1 worker (night shift) and 2 workers (day shift). In 2007 the locks' old relay technology was replaced with computers.
Most popular facts about the RMD Canal are:
- Length: 172 mk (106 ml)
- Width (avrg): 55 m (180 ft)
- Depth (draft): 4,25 m (14 ft)
- Completion date: September 25, 1992 (construction started in 1960)
- Building cost: 250 million EURO
- Water-saving locks: 16
- Canal pumping stations: 5
- Canal locks length: 190 m (623 ft)
- Canal locks width: 12 m (40 ft)
- Canal bridges: 123
Port Main-Danube Canal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Main-Danube Canal, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.