The New Lakeland Area of Leipzig is Europe's largest natural transformation from the scars of the former mining industry to an idyllic lake district. The former opencast mines have been flooded to create a beautiful region of 22 lakes over 70 square kilometres that connect directly to Leipzig.
Here you can try a number of water sports such as sailing, wakeboard and kite surfing, or just soak up the sun on miles of sandy beaches. If the water does not appeal than you can walk, cycle or inline skate on the miles of country paths that have been created. Alternatively you could go aerial with rides on hot air balloons, or under with aqua diving courses.
There are many lakes that make up the New Lakeland Area, but some of the main ones are:
Lake Cospuden With its marina and long sandy beaches Lake Cospuden is very popular with local residents. There is a large range of water sports available, open air cinema, lakeside concerts, nine-hole golf course and the Bistumshoele Tower which gives panoramic views across the lake lands.
Lake Kulkwitz This popular lake was one of the first opencast mines to be flooded. Today the water is crystal clear, perfect for swimmers and divers. There is accommodation in the style of Scandinavian cottages, camping and caravan park as well as a modern water sports complex.
Lake Schladitz This lake is located halfway between Leipzig and Delitzsch, and has a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere. There is a network of hiking and cycling trails as well as a water sports club. There is also being planned a taste of history on the Hayna shore where a period beach from the Biedermeier era is being recreated.
Lake Markkleeberg This lake is not only the home to the whitewater center (please see menu), but also has a miniature railway, model park, wellness and sauna complex and a campsite and holiday village.
Lake Stoermthal This lake is connected to Lake Markkleeberg by a canal and hiking trails. Of particular note is the Vineta; a floating church in the middle of the lake. You can visit the church using an amphibious vehicle dating back to 1942. In the summer of 2014 there is the opening of a new holiday resort on the lake.