The Leinekanal is a channel leading through the city center of Göttingen, Germany. It is one of the reasons why it is nice to visit the center and to live there – at some sections you can have a walk along the water. The channel was first a small river called Gote; the city name Göttingen means ‘living at the Gote‘.
In the 14th century water from the river Leine was artificially redirected to the Gote and the river was made a channel. You can find this place in the south of Göttingen, close to the Kiessee and the Badeparadies Eiswiese. Two mills, the Stockleffmühle and the Odilienmühle used the water. The Leinekanal passes the city fortification – the Stadtwall – in the south close to the Bismarckhäuschen and leaves the city center in the north near the Waageplatz.
The water runs into river Leine again near the Schützenplatz. Recently the Leinekanal was used for rubber duck races and once a year the water level is raised to allow canoes to pass – I did that once and it is a unique experience (especially the long tunnel after leaving the city center).