Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg

LWL-Industriemuseum | Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur


The Henrichenburg ship lift

A lift for ships

The crowds cheered in joy when the Kaiser officially opened the Henrichenburg ship lift on the 11th August 1899. Over a century later visitors to the largest construction on the Dortmund-Ems canal are equally delighted at what they can see and experience. The gigantic ship lift has lain still for over 40 years.

But the history of the ship lift and the people who worked on the canal has been brought back to life in our museum. We can show you how families on the waterways worked and lived 50 years ago, and offer you a unique collection of historic boats and other floating equipment, some of which even go into operation on special occasions. During the summer season a pleasure steamer departs from the museum quay several times a day. Climb aboard!

Opening Hours

Tuesdays–Sundays and bank holidays 10 am–6 pm
final admission: 5.30 pm
Closed on mondays (except bank holidays) and
from the 24th of December 2018 until the 2nd of January 2019


Adults: Euro 5
School Children: free admission
Reduced prices: Euro 2.50
Groups (16 people and more), per head: Euro 4.50

Guided Tours

Guided tours in English are offered for Euro 52 plus admission. Please contact the museum for further information.

Here you can find more information about The Henrichenburg ship lift.

How to visit

Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur
Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg
Am Hebewerk 26
45731 Waltrop

Phone 0049 (0)2363 9707-0
Fax 0049 (0)2363 9707-12