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First kilometers to run through Slovakia or Austria

It is quite understandable that the routing, as described further– although leaning on official sources – does not have to be final. The following preparation stages could bring detail specifications or even some bigger changes. It is quite natural with projects of such type. Some sections are proposed as alternatives and the final selection among them might call for further research and studies.

Mapa 1. etapy výstavby D-O-L 

Map of 1st stage of construction of Danube-Oder-Elbe water corridor. The map in full resolution you can download here...

We would like to take the liberty to point out some possible, or rather advantageous, alternatives even in cases when they have not been yet officially evaluated. Such critical approach is usually permitted. Direction of our pilgrimage along the D-O-E water corridor route shall follow the stream of anticipated progress of construction work.

Koridor DOL u Devína 












The site of the Morava influx into the Danube under the ruins of Devín. The water corridor D-O-E would branch-off here in case of the variant A or D.

We shall set off at the Danube, where the first stage is expected to start, and we should pay special attention to the individual regions. Incidentally, the region (and state) borders fall almost exactly in line with the stages.  The choice of variants awaits at the very starting line. It has changed few times in the past, although never for technical reasons but rather for the political ones. Proposals drawn in connection with the Waterways Act (1901) presumed that the canal route would run to the west from the Morava all the way up to the Moravian border and on up to Otrokovice, i.e. through Cisleithania, carefully avoiding then the Hungarian territory. Practically it concerned a right-bank line Vienna–Angern–Hohenau–Lanžhot–Hodonín. After the breakup of Austrian–Hungarian monarchy in 1918, the line got cut by the Czechoslovak–Austrian state border, which the Czechoslovak authorities viewed as a serious handicap. Therefore, the project was corrected in order to keep the entire route on the territory of a newly established republic. The new left-bank line, defined by the locations of Devín–Jakubov–Kúty–Lanžhot– Hodonín, did not cross to the opposite bank until above the mouth of Dyje, where a canal bridge was proposed across the Morava at Lanžhot. 

Koridor DOL ve Vídni 












A view of the branching-off place of the water corridor D-O-E at Lobau (var. B and C). At the front, the main bed of the Danube; behind, a recently established floodway; at the back, a cca 1 km long working section of the D-O-E canal (right) flowing into the port of Lobau (left). The other part of the canal (at the very back) was completely separated with a dyke.

By the extinction of Czechoslovakia in 1939, the route moved to the right bank again to return back after the Czechoslovak state was re-established in 1945. Currently, after the Czechoslovak federation has been divided, the situation is quite similar to that of 1939.There is neither a chance of leading the route exclusively through one country, nor any pressing political reasons to favor one or the other bank line.

For the first time, there is an opportunity to confine the decision strictly to technical, economic, and ecological reasons, while taking into account needs of all the three countries, i.e. the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. As a basis of the respective international negotiations, a feasibility study of the first D-O-E water corridor stage was drawn in 2003, which registered three alternative solutions, marked as variants A, B and C. Additionally, on the demand of the Slovak Republic, the fourth variant D was included, which was to enable utilization of the renewable water energy of the Morava River in the relevant section. The solution covers the route up to Hodonín, where all the variants meet from both the layout and the altitude point of view at 163.2 ms ASL.