School is out and for most of us that means: It’s finally time for a holiday When the weather gets up to tropical temperatures there is often only one thing to do: Get in the water! Fortunately, Leipzig’s surrounding area offers a wide variety of recreational lakes for everyone. We went ahead and visited some beautiful recreational lakes in the Leipzig New Lake District just for you.
Lake Kulkwitz, also affectionately known as “Kulki”, has existed since the 1970s. The 170-hectare lake on the western outskirts of Leipzig is still very popular and is praised for its natural beauty. Not only can you swim and dive here, but you can also go water skiing or wakeboarding. If you would like to enjoy the peace and quiet of Lake Kulkwitz for more than just one day, you could stay overnight one of the most beautiful campsites in Leipzig’s New Lake District. Pure adventure!
We reccommend the Strandbad Markranstädt (beach resort) with its well-kept sunbathing area and the almost 40-metre long pier for jumping into the cool water. You can also rent a paddle boat and discover the crystal clear lake on your own because no two shores are alike. If you would like to have more detailed information, you should visit our blog on Lake Kulkwitz!
Want to go for a bike ride? We can definitely recommend Lake Schladitz. You can reach it by bike along the COAL / STEAM / LIGHT cycle route From Hayna, you then take the circular path along the shore to the Schladitz bay. Freediving, kitesurfing, stand up paddling, sailing and the 1400m² water fun park – everything awaits you here.
But don’t worry, if you just want to swim and relax, you can, of course, do that too. The beautiful beach, child-friendly shallow areas and crystal clear water are exactly what make your day out absolutely perfect.
Our suggestion: Circle the lake with roller skates or bike on the almost 9 km long shore path before you take the plunge. More information and suggestions can be found on ourLake Schladitz blog post.
When you have already gotten a sunburn after spending two sunny days at the lake, but you still don’t want to miss the cool water, there is definitely a shady spot at Lake Albrechtshain. The lake is located south-east of Leipzig in the middle of an extensive forest area near Naunhof. Despite the climbing forest and camping site, it is very quiet, peaceful, and a great place to relax. In the mood to get up and go? There is also a boat rental service!
When you hear Lake Markkleeberg, the first thing you probably think of is white water rafting in the Markkleeberg Canoe Park. For those who find this too adventurous, the Water Sports School nearby also offers introductory courses for stand-up paddling, sailing or surfing.b On the promenade lined with cafés, a boat starts atour around the lake where one can find a total of 3 beaches. If you would like to know more, we recommend you take a look at our blog about Lake Markkleeberg.
Lake Störmthal and Lake Hain
Lake Störmthal was officially opened for swimming in 2014. If you feel like doing something active on the lake, we also recommend a paddle trip and if you want, simply extend your trip through the canoe park lock into Lake Markkleeberg. In 2010 the art project “VINETA” was created as part of the initiative “Art instead of coal”. The activities around VINETA on Lake Störmthal are diverse: they range from discovery tours on VINETA, tours with the two amphibious vehicles and the water jet-powered backpack VINETA-Fly to concerts and readings on VINETA. If you get hungry, the VINETA Bistro on the Magdeborn Peninsula is the place to be. By the way: There is a lot more exciting information on our blog on Lake Störmthal.
A few kilometres further south is the Lake Hain. Stretching almost 600 hectares, Lake Hain is one of the largest lakes in the Leipzig New Lake District. You can either relax on the sandy beach in the Kahnsdorf lagoon, play beach volleyball or rent a boat. If you fancy a banana boat, Lake Hainer See is definitely the place to be.
Zwenkau is a small citythat is located approx. 12 km south of Leipzig in the Leipzig New Lake District. The lake’s circumference is 22 Kilometres – not a small undertaking. At Cape Zwenkau there is a public swimming beach where you can walk through beautiful sand or just relax. The entry into the water is very shallow at this point, so it is also ideal for your kids, who can also create sandcastles with a bucket and shovel. Water sports fans can also let off steam at Lake Zwenkau. Stand-up paddling, windsurfing, diving – there are many great opportunities available. Note: Kitesurfing is unfortunately not allowed here.
You can catch a unique view of the lake from the exhibition pavilion at Cape Zwenkau. From there you have a great view and can get an idea of how the landscape of the former mining region has changed in recent years. From the harbour you also have the possibility to take a trip on the MS Santa Barbara. The approx. 1.5- hour tour takes you across the lake and shares interesting facts about the history and planned projects around the lake. Everything else you need to know you can find on our blog about Lake Zwenkau.
Probably the most famous lake in Leipzig’s New Lake District is the so-called “Cossi”. There is always something to see here. With a boat tour you can get a general idea about the beaches and can decide where you would like to spend your day Lake Cospuden has the longest beach in Saxony and definitely more to offer than just excellent water quality. Here you can also rent boats or even barbecue in the middle of the lake.
When you are in the mood for something a bit more adventurous, try a tour on a Penny-farthing around the 11 Kilometre shore trail. You want to go higher? Then you should climb the observation towerBistumshöheyou will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the Leipzig New Lake District. You can find everything else about the Cossi on our Blog about Lake Cospuden.
We hope this quick overview has sparked your interest in discovering more about the Leipzig New Lake District.
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