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Lake Cospuden – The Leipzig Lake With Something for Everyone

Overview of essential facts about Lake Cospuden

Lake Cospuden is situated on the southern edge of the City of Leipzig right next to "Kulki" , the only other lake in Leipzig proper. One circuit of Lake Cospuden is a total of 11 kilometres, so it will take you quite a while to walk all the way around it. The water surface covers some 436 hectares, making it the perfect size for a recreational city lake.

Like other lakes in the New Lake District, Cossi used to be an open-cast mine. From 1981 until 1992, lignite was mined here. It was not until 1993 that the area was flooded using groundwater and water from the mines in Zwenkau, Profen und Schleenhain. This process lasted until the turn of the millennium and was completed as part of Expo 2000. Since then, Cossi has been enjoyed as a local recreation area and the most beautiful leisure-time oasis in the city.

Here's how to get there:

Despite its proximity to the city centre, Lake Cospuden belongs to the Leipzig New Lake District. Its banks border the cities of Markkleeberg to the east and Zwenkau to the south. It is very easy to get to by bicycle from Leipzig. Travelling there by car is also a good option as there are plenty of places to safely park your car at the lake or close by so you can relax and enjoy your day out by the water. The following car parks are right by Lake Cospuden: Cospuden North Beach, Zöbigker Harbour (South), Zöbigker Harbour (Pier 1), Cospuden East Beach and the car park at BELANTIS (Neue Harth).

If you don't have a car or would rather leave it behind, you can get to the lake via public transport. The bus 105 will take you to BELANTIS where you can get off at the "Freizeitpark Belantis" stop, the bus 106 goes to the "Zöbigker Schmiede" stop at Zöbigker Harbour and the bus 65 stops at North Beach. You can also take a city train (S-Bahn) towards Markkleeberg and get off at the Großstädteln stop. Please note that you will still need to walk a good 2 kilometres to reach the lake from here.

Accessible access to the water can be found at the sloping jetty at the Beach View pavilion at the eastern end of the lake. Here, wheelchair users can easily roll into the water and swim from the end of the jetty.  The North Beach offers accessible changing rooms and sanitary facilities that can be accessed using a euro key. There are parking spaces close to the sloping jetty. You can find out more about the jetty in this video from the Leipzig Disability Association

Pure Nature Around Lake Cospuden

Today, Lake Cospuden is a stunningly beautiful local recreational area situated on the southern edge of the floodplain forest. Particularly noteworthy is the 300-hectare Landschaftspark Cospuden, which was part of the "Landscape Usage and Landscape Conservation" project during Expo 2000. Via a new canal called the Flossgraben, the north of the lake is connected to the River Pleiße, continuing through a lock at the Connewitzer Wehr to join the White Elster River. There are also plans to build a new canal in the next few years that will lead to Lake Zwenkau, thus adding a further extension to the network of waterways linking the lakes in the Leipzig New Lake District.

The water quality at Lake Cospuden is classified as "excellent" and has been for many years. This means you can bathe, splash about and do water sports to your heart's content!

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Enjoying the Water – Beach Vibes at Your Doorstep

Anyone who loves jumping into refreshingly clear water to cool down has come to the right place at Lake Cospuden. It has two beautiful sandy beaches that are perfect for taking some time to relax. The North Beach is Saxony's longest sandy beach by far at 1 km long and 70 m wide. The East Beach, which runs along the eastern shore of the lake, offers a sandy bathing area 100 m long and 30 m wide.

Whether you want to swim, lie in the sun, build sandcastles or just enjoy yourself, you can do all this in Leipzig without booking an expensive flight. Here, sandy beaches and water are right at your doorstep.

Tip: At the North Beach, there is an area reserved for nudist bathers. At the western end of the northern shore, you will find a dog beach near the Beach Lounge. This is a spacious, clean and quiet beach with plenty of room for your four-legged friend to run around. There is a second, smaller dog beach just south of Zöbigker Harbour. You may only take your dog to the other beaches on a lead.

Time for Sport – Land and Water Activities

If you have ever been to Cossi, you will have noticed that many visitors don't just laze about, but are engaged in activities on and around the lake. Numerous sports are possible here, thanks to the 11-kilometre paved path around the lake, which is perfect for jogging, rollerblading, cycling and anything else you can think of.

It's a bit too far for beginners to run all the way round, but anyone who goes running regularly should easily manage it. Either way, it's stunningly beautiful, with a wide variety of different landscapes.

Water Sports

Now you know about the path around the lake, it's time to get into the water and enjoy some water sports! As you would expect at a lake of this size, Cossi offers a large selection of activities for all water-lovers. The best place to go is Zöbigker Harbour, also known as Pier 1. Here, you will find various water sports shops offering everything you need for your next adventure, from general information to the hire and sale of equipment.

You can hire boats, book a diving  or sailing course or take a boat trip on the lake. Lake Cospuden is particularly popular for sailing adventures. Simply hire the equipment you need at Herold's Sailing Shop and glide into the water. And if you have always wondered if you could elegantly surf the waves like the Beach Boys, the Leipzig Surfcenter at Pier 1 offers you the opportunity to try it out. If you would love to go sailing, surfing or boating without the hassle of travelling all the way to the seaside or a coastline, just come to Cossi. It's all right here!

By the way, the Hacienda Cospuden at North Beach offers SUPs for hire . Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect way to explore the lake at your own pace and take it easy. At North Beach, you can also book courts for beach volleyball and beach soccer pitches.

Food and Drink – Where to go for a Tasty Meal or Snack

Don't worry, you won't go hungry after enjoying your activities at Lake Cospuden. Especially on the northern and eastern shores, there are numerous places to eat with an amazing view of the lake and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Let's start at North Beach, where you will find the hugely popular Hacienda Cospuden. Situated right next to the longest sandy beach in Saxony, it has a snack bar offering grilled foods and a Beach Barbeque with a full range of delicious summer refreshments and tasty takeaway savoury snacks. There is plenty of outdoor seating under canopies in the shade or in comfy deckchairs in the sun, where you can hang out for a while and relax. On top of all that, you can listen to the cool summer beats played by the DJ – what more could you possibly wish for?


During the day, visitors are welcome to come and enjoy some cool drinks and refreshments as well as fish, coffee, cake and good music at the Biergarten am Pier 1. If you're in urgent need of a coffee break, try Café Kandler or Pressoway Coffeeshop. Café Kandler at Pier 1 also has a large terrace and is well-known for its selection of mouth-watering homemade cakes as well as its delicious coffee. You can also just order a freshly made ice cream, lean back and enjoy the stunning view across the lake and the fresh lakeside air. To get to the  Pressoway Coffeeshop, go through the entrance to the big jetty at Pier 1. The coffee shop offers iconic coffee specialities as well as croissants, doughnuts, paninis and hot dogs.

If you don't happen to be on the northern or eastern side of Cossi, then keep an eye out for the ice cream vans that trundle along the lakeside. They are ideal if you are looking for light refreshments and can often be found parked in bays where there are no other restaurants or cafes.
In case you didn't know, it is not permitted to grill at any of the Leipzig lakes. Anyone who is caught can expect to pay a hefty fine. If you love grilled food, it is wiser to go to one of the snack bars or restaurants mentioned above.

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Tips for a Family Day Out

Have you been wondering if your kids will enjoy a trip to Lake Cospuden? We can give you a definite YES! The two sandy beaches on the northern and eastern shores offer plenty of opportunities for them to play and dig in the sand, build sandcastles and splash about at the edge of the water, just as if they were on a beach holiday or playing by the hotel pool.
If you go for a walk around the lake, you will find several playgrounds of various sizes. At the northern shore, there is a water playground (located at Lauerscher Weg) where your kids can climb on tree trunks and ropes. In the summer, the playground is filled with water, making it fun place to splash around and cool off. On the path along the eastern shore, there is another small climbing park with walls, nets and bars that is open all year round. Further south at Zöbigker Harbour, kids will love playing and romping in the huge sandpit. Here they can climb over a hanging bridge, have fun on the slides, swings and seesaws or dig in the sand. There's something for every age!

Sightseeing at Lake Cospuden

Did you know? You can combine a trip to Lake Cospuden with other activities. The BELANTIS adventure park is close by. You can see the top of some of the roller coasters from almost anywhere at Cossi. The adventure park is located at the southwestern end of the lake. We recommend you go there first and then visit the lake afterwards to wind down at the beach and recover from the excitement of the rides.
If the beach is not enough, you can take relaxation to a new level at the Sauna in the Lake. Sauna IN the lake? Yes, you read it right! Here you can sweat out all your stress and then cool down by dipping in the lake. There is a terrace where you can relax between sauna sessions with a stunning panoramic view of the lake. The sauna is at Pier 1 in the harbour and is very easy to find.
The Bistumshöhe is also not to be missed! This viewing platform offers a superb view across the entire lake. You can also see some of Leipzig's famous buildings on the horizon. It is truly stunning, especially at sunset.

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So – Is Lake Cospuden the Lake for you?

It is an undisputed fact that Lake Cospuden is the most popular of all the Leipzig lakes, attracting large numbers of locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer months. Its popularity is partly due to its proximity to the city centre, but also a result of many other factors, including leisure activities, dining options and relaxation spots. You can find everything you could possibly wish for here. Cossi truly has something for everyone. Come and visit the lake and find out for yourself.
Have we managed to convince you to take a trip to Lake Cospuden? Or have you already been and would prefer to explore some other parts of the Leipzig New Lake District? We recommend you head for  Lake Zwenkau,Lake Kulkwitz, Lake Markkleeberg, Lake Störmthal or Lake Schladitz and enjoy a new lakeside adventure in the Leipzig region!

If you have any more questions, please get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
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Tel. +49 (0)341 7104-340
Email: info@ltm-leipzig.de


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