LWL Industrial Museum – The Henrichenburg Ship Lift

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Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg

A lift for gigantic floating objects

The crowds roared in jubilation when Kaiser Wilhelm officially opened the Henrichenburg ship lift on the 11th of August 1899. Over a century later visitors react with equal enthusiasm to the largest construction on the Dortmund-Ems canal. The gigantic lift has lain still for over 40 years. The industrial museum brings back to life the history of the ship lift and the people who worked on the canals. From the top of the two towers on the ship lift visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the steel construction and the topography of canals around Waltrop. The collection of floating equipment and historic boats is unique. On board one of the barges guests can experience the living and working conditions of a typical waterways family over 50 years ago. A pleasure steamer departs on excursions from the museum quay several times a day.

More informations:
Working model of the lift. Workable steam engine with model can be touched. The lift basin and historic crane are accessible. Guided tours for the blind must be booked in advance. Special programmes for blind schools.

A comprehensive range of children’s attractions, guided tours by arrangement

From April onwards: regular pleasure trips aboard the “Henrichenburg”; a guided tour around the illuminated ship lift every last Friday evening in the month followed by an evening meal (pre-booking necessary, minimum of 10 persons).

Gastronomy bus in the summer months.


Opening hours

Tue – Sun 10:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:30)
Closed:Current information on closing times in the Xmas holidays at:


  • Ramps available
  • Accessible restrooms

Site for the most part accessible. The lift trough can be rolled onto. The path from the lower water to the upper water is accessible with assistance but only by arrangement with the staff

Additional Information

Bus 231 von Recklinghausen Hbf. to »Datteln Kanalstraße«
Bus SB 22 von Castrop-Rauxel Hbf. to »Datteln Wittener Straße«

A2 Anschluss-Stelle »Castrop-Rauxel/Henrichenburg«, Beschilderung folgen


Am Hebewerk 2
45731 Waltrop
+49 (0) 23 63 / 97 07 0