Tourist waterway network of the Leipzig Region
A total of around 200 kilometres of water is covered by eight different courses. The courses are between 7 to 41 kilometres long. They are interconnected and thus form a highly attractive network with innovative links. The range of water-based tourist activities is most varied, ranging from nature experiences on the White Elster, sightseeing from waters in the city centre, to boat tours to beaches and other recreational venues by the opencast mining lakes.
Canoes or paddle boats are suitable for touring all of the region's waters. Certain motorboats, such as the low-emission and smooth-running 'Leipzig Boat', are permitted on a number of flowing waters and on the lakes. In addition, passenger cruises are available on the opencast mining lakes and some sections of flowing water. Moreover, sailing is permitted on the opencast mining lakes.
The water network is being developed in stages. The Leipzig city harbour in the immediate vicinity of the city centre is a central starting and finishing point. Naturally, a tour of the waters can also be arranged from the lake harbours or from other moorings in the city of Leipzig.
Lake Cospuden, in the south of Leipzig's New Lake District, developed into an attractive recreational area in 2000. Flooding of the Markkleeberg, Hain, Zwenkau and Störmthal lakes has also been completed.
In the north between Leipzig and Bitterfeld, the Great Goitzsche Lake, Lake Muldestau, Lake Seelhausen, Lake Werbelin and Lake Schladitz also form a lake landscape, with a water surface of approx. 30 km².