You don’t have to travel far in Leipzig to enjoy some action out on the water as soon as the sun comes out! The city is surrounded by magnificent lakes where you can spend a day, a week or a month on a vacation with sea, sand and sports for company. Here are some of the best lakes in Leipzig New Lakeland (Leipziger Neuseenland).
This lake has been enjoyed by local Leipzigers since the 1970s. Kulkwitzer See – affectionately called ‘Kulki’ by locals – is 170 hectares large and is located on the western outskirts of Leipzig. This is a place for water sports enthusiasts, with swimming, diving, waterskiing and wakeboarding all a possibility. For those who want to prolong the fun, Kulwitzer See is also home to one of the most beautiful campsites (Campingplatz) in the whole Leipzig Lakeland region.
Top tip: Make sure you visit Strandbad Markranstädt, which has a stunning manicured lawn and a 40 metre long jetty, ideal for jumping into the water from. Alternatively, stay a little drier and hire a pedal boat.
This lake is ideal for cycling to from the city of Leipzig – the perfectly active way to enjoy getting to the waterside under your own steam. Schladitzer See is a lake for those who either love water sports or simply splashing around in the water. For water sports, there’s snorkelling, kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding and sailing all available to do here. And for those who want a little more relaxed fun, there’s a 1400m² water fun park (Wasser-Fun-Park). Away from the activity, there’s also a more chilled out part to Schladitzer See, with a beach and family-friendly shallow waters perfect for paddling.
Top tip: Travel all the way around the lake by bicycle or on rollerblades along the 9km waterside path. It’s the perfect way to work up a sweat before cooling off in the water!
This lake is ideal for those who want to indulge in a truly relaxing break away from the city. In a location south east of Leipzig surrounded by forest, Albrechtshainer See is an idyllic lake and perfect for those who love a true feeling of nature. As well as plenty of quiet shady spots near the water, this is also the perfect place to go hiking in the forest, and stay for a few days in the campsite (Campingplatz).
Top tip: When you’ve had enough of relaxing, hire a boat and get out on the water – you’ll get an even more immense feeling of being surrounded by the verdant forest.
This is one of Leipzig New Lakeland’s livelier lakes, with everything from water sports to beachside bars. For those who love adventure, there’s a white water rafting course (Kanupark Markkleeberg) on Markkleeberger See just waiting to be conquered. If you’d like to learn the ropes of a new water sport, the water sports school runs taster courses in stand up paddle boarding, sailing and surfing too. Alternatively, chill out on a boat trip around the lake, before hitting one of the lake’s three beaches.
Top tip: For food and drinks with stunning views, head to the lakeside promenade for a choice of cafés.
Störmthaler und Hainer See
As one of Leipzig New Lakeland’s more recently opened lakes for swimming, Störmthaler See still feels like a trendy new thing in the Leipzig region. For water activities, it’s possible to go on a paddling tour on the lake or even access activities on Markkleeberger See via the lock. The lake is best known for its iconic art project called VINETA (Kunstprojekt „VINETA“ ), which is about ‘art instead of coal’, noting the fact that Leipzig’s lakes are former coal mines that have been flooded to make an amazing recreational resource. There are various activities available under the VINETA project, including discovery tours, excursions on amphibious vehicles , water-jet backpacking on the lake, concerts and literary readings. Alternatively, grab a bite to eat at the VINETA-Bistro on the Magdeborner peninsula.
A few kilometres south of Störmthaler See is Hainer See. This 600 hectare lake is a relaxing place to visit, with an idyllic sandy beach and lagoon.
Top tip: Störmthaler See is home to the highest floating building on a German lake – and this building is a church! Don’t leave without having a look.
The most famous lake in Leipzig New Lakeland is Cospudener See, commonly known as ‘Cossi’ by locals. There is no shortage of activity here. Spend a day on a boat out on the water or on the beach – which is the longest sandy beach in Saxony. It’s the perfect place for sunbathing, volleyball and barbecues. Many people come here for activity too, and if you prefer to stay on dry land, walking or cycling the 11km perimeter of the lake is a great challenge.
Top tip: There’s a tower to climb by the lake called Turm an der Bistumshöhe – head up there for amazing views of the lake and surrounding area.
There’s a lake for every taste in Leipzig New Lakeland – enjoy the adventure!
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