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Date: 15.07.2019

Leipzig New Lakeland Area


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Relaxation, recreation and sport at Leipzig New Lakeland area

Water lovers of all ages will be in for a treat at the Leipzig New Lakeland area, which offers a wide range of leisure and relaxation services as well as long sandy beaches, water sports facilities and the BELANTIS Theme Park. There is certainly something for everyone here!

Until 1990, the mining industry had left its scars on the local landscape, but this land has since been extensively reclaimed. The plan is to flood all former opencast mines, creating a beautiful district of 22 lakes with a water surface area of 7,000 hectares – and a remarkable transformation in the scenery.

Lake Cospuden

Lake Cospuden ; Photo: LTM-Schmidt
In addition to spacious sandy beaches around the “Cossi” – as the lake is fondly nicknamed by locals – there is also a wide variety of water sports facilities, wellness services, gastronomic options as well as bike and boat hire.

A range of different events such as open-air cinema, dragon boat races, long-distance swimming, lakeside concerts and song nights take place mainly in the summer.


Lake Kulkwitz

Lake Kulkwitz; Photo: LTM-Schneider
The “Kulki” has been a popular destination for nearly 40 years and is therefore one of the oldest opencast mining lakes in the Leipzig New Lakeland area. Since 2004, a modern water sports complex has catered for water skiers and wakeboarders.

There are also several accommodation options for holidaymakers situated at the resort on the eastern shore: in addition to a camping and caravan park, there are also log cabins and Scandinavian-style holiday homes.

Lake Schladitz

Lake Schladitz comes as a pleasant surprise to visitors with its range of different services both in and out of the water. Since 2003, it has established itself as a top leisure destination thanks to its excellent water quality. A network of cycling and hiking trails connects all the interesting points around the lake, and you can also practise kitesurfing and wakeboarding at the ‘sports beach’ at Schladitz Bay.


Lake Markkleeberg

Located just a stone’s throw from the city, Lake Markkleeberg is always a hit with visitors thanks to its fine sandy beaches.

A particular highlight for intrepid amateur rafters and professional sportsmen and women is the canoe park at Lake Markleeberg. The whitewater centre was part of Leipzig’s 2012 Olympic bid and is one of the two most state-of-the-art facilities in Europe.

Lake Störmthal

Lake Störmthal attracts plenty of bathers with its kilometre-long sandy beaches, but its main attraction is VINETA – a floating church and objet d’art all in one.

The church can be visited in a restored amphibious vehicle dating back to 1942 on an amphibian tour that is unique throughout Germany. VINETA is a memorial to the places that once had to yield to opencast mining.

For more information, visit the official website of the Leipzig New Lakeland Tourism Board.