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Luftbild auf das Schiffhebewerk und umgebende Landschaft

Information and Service


Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg

Am Hebewerk 26
45731 Waltrop

Tel: 02363 9707-0

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 10 am - 6 pm
Final admission 5.30 pm

Closed: Mondays (except public holidays) 

Admission charges

Adults: 5.00 Euros
Adults in groups of 16 persons or more: 4.50 euros
Reduced*: 2.50 Euros
Children, young people, pupils: free

* Those entitled to a reduction are recipients of current benefits under the Social Security Codes II and XII, students under 30, trainees, people doing voluntary service, people with a degree of disability of 50%.

Free admission
LWL Museums' Card, LVR Museums' Card, Deutscher Museumsbund, ICOM, RuhrtopCard (once only)

Food and drink


The " Gastrobus ", an English double-decker bus built in 1959 with seats inside and tables outside, is located on the museum site near the entrance. From there visitors have a wonderful view of the environment around the ship lift and the landing stage.

You can enjoy the unique flair of this industrial monument with snacks, soft drinks, beer on tap or various sorts of coffee and fresh cakes. By booking in advance, groups can be catered for with breakfast, lunch or buffet.

The Gastro-bus is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm (subject to change). In the winter months our catering services are available to you by arrangement.

The “Hafenklang” Café

The “Hafenklang” café on the upper reach of the canal is run by the local deaconry, and welcomes guests in the summer months (starting in April) on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

For families

The water playground

Try out the 'Tarzan Swings' or win a ship lift certificate, before unpacking your picnic basket with your parents by the waterside - there's always something for the  whole family to enjoy here. The water playground on the upper reach is a favourite attraction for children and young people. The new playground has everything the kids are looking for: a slide, a climbing wall, two Tarzan swings, a raft and plenty of water. The highlight is an artificial waterway with a model of the ship lift, where the children can hoist small rafts up and down with a crank. The season at the water playground starts in March and ends in October. On the upper water you can also find a smaller playground with parts of a wooden boat, where you are welcome to climb and play pirate games.

The children´s exhibition

The characters "Captain Henri" and "ship's boy Jan" take our young guests through the museum. At several stops along the way, the clever Captain will invite you to join in and try things out. You can lift and lower a boat with comic figures on a picture carousel.

The model lift is full of fun; here children can experiment with water and ships and discover the secret of the levitating vessels. There is plenty to discover on the lower reach - for example, how a ship's boy used to live and work on the motorised cargo boat, the "Franz-Christian".

The ship lift diploma

For families who want to explore the museum on their own, the necessary material is available at the ticket office. This can be used to solve the challenges on the way to getting a ship lift diploma.

Ship lift app

In addition to audio tours for adults in German and English, our Ship Lift App also offers a radio play tour for children featuring "Captain Henri" and his grandson Jan. The favourite tv detective, Jörg Hartmann, lends his distinctive voice to the character of the retired bargeman, whilst not denying his origins in the Ruhr area. A story unfolds across all 35 audio stations, dealing with the theft of a safe which eventually turns up in the canal. We recommend that you download the app from the Playstore before your visit:


The museum shop at the Schiffshebewerk sells books about inland shipping and waterways, souvenirs, toys and many more products for our littelests to our biggest guests.

Open Tue - Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Phone: 02363 9707-42

Blick in den Museumsshop des Schiffhebewerks


You are welcome to photograph your activities during your visit. You can share your pictures on social media under #industriekultur and #schiffshebewerkhenrichenburg.
For commercial photos, prior consent must be obtained.

Besucher mit Kamera beim Fotografieren.


Dogs may be taken on a leash into the outdoor area. However, dogs are not allowed in the buildings, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs.

Kleiner Hund guckt zwischen Rohren und Ventilen hindurch.

Arriving by car

A 2 Oberhausen – Hannover. Exit “Castrop-Rauxel/Henrichenburg”, and follow the "Schiffshebewerk" signs.

Arriving by bus and rail

From Dortmund Hbf (central station):

Take the tram U 41 to "Brambauer Verkehrshof", then bus 284/231 (via Waltrop) to "Datteln/Wittener Straße".


From Recklinghausen central station:

Bus 231 to "Datteln/Wittener Straße


From Castrop-Rauxel Hbf railway station:

Bus SB 22 to "Datteln/Wittener Straße


The walk from "Datteln/Wittener Straße" takes approx. 10 minutes.

Walk from the bus stop to the crossroads and turn into Provinzialstraße. Follow this road and cross the Lukasbrücke bridge. On the other side of the bridge turn right after a few metres into "Am Hebewerk". This will lead you directly to the museum.