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Leipzig's waterways are every paddler's paradise. © Tom Schulze

On your marks, get set! Cast off!

Leipzig’s waterscape is unique and offers perfect conditions for canoe, kayak and raft tours. Whether your style is sporty or relaxed, urban or earthy - the waterways of Leipzig and the surrounding region have something for everyone!

On an excursion through Leipzig's interlinked system of natural rivers and man-made canals, you will experience the inner city's charm from a completely new perspective. You'll soon see why Leipzig is nicknamed "Little Venice"! As a nature lover, you will be amazed by wild, natural riverbanks and enjoy the extraordinary flora and fauna. A tour through the Leipzig Auwald, one of the largest floodplain forests in Central Europe, feels like a mini-break away from the city, and is therefore also very popular with locals.

Your thirst for adventure and discovery will be sated if you explore the Leipzig New Lake District. From Leipzig City Harbour you can easily reach Lake Cospuden, and from there you can visit the Störmthal and Markkleeberg Lakes. And the best part? The water network is always growing - to over 200 kilometres.

Water touring in Leipzig

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Water touring

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The Leipzig Notenrad (Music Wheel)

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By bike through Leipzig, the Music City © Robin Kunz

Cycling through the Music City

There probably is not another city in the world where you can experience so many interesting historical places relating to music in such an active yet laid-back way. And the best way to experience this rich history? By bicycle!

The "Leipzig Notenrad" (Leipzig Music Wheel) leads you to the living and working places of famous musical geniuses. From the St. Thomas Church in the city centre you will cycle through less touristy parts of Leipzig - along rivers, through parks and the Gründerzeit quarter (with architecture dating back to the Wilhelminan era), past mansions, churches, museums and the historical homes of famous composers. After 40 kilometres your Leipzig Notenspur Tour will end at the new Gewandhaus. If you would rather a shorter trip in the saddle, you can also opt for an abbreviated tour of 17.5 km.

The Leipzig Notenrad is one of three individual "musical discovery tours" developed by the Leipzig Music Trail Initiative - a project by citizens for citizens. Incidentally, the Notenspur music trail website was awarded the European Initiative Prize for Culture "Pro Europa". And as Leipzig locals are known to be visionaries and dreamers, the next goal is already set: Inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The stations along the Leipzig Notenspur