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Water City Leipzig

View of the Buntgarnwerke, the industrial monument on the White Elster, industrial architecture, industrial culture in Leipzig, water sports, boat hire
Discover the Buntgarnwerke Leipzig on your water tour. © Philipp Kirschner

Dive into Leipzig!

A pulsating metropolis, green and located directly on the water. Sounds too good to be true? But it is true! Leipzig combines all of these attributes! Dive into Leipzig and enjoy the water city in all its complexity. 

Leipzig's water landscape is unique and offers ideal conditions for canoe, kayak and inflatable boat 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 the interlocking system of natural rivers and canals, you will discover the inner-city charm from a completely new perspective and understand why Leipzig is also called Little Venice. As a nature lover, you will be amazed by naturally wild riverbanks and enjoy the extraordinary flora and fauna. A tour through the alluvial forest in Leipzig, one of the largest alluvial forests in Central Europe, feels like a mini vacation away from the city, and is therefore also very popular with the locals.

Bathing lakes

Three bathers are sitting by lake Thümmlitz in the Leipzig New Lake District, one of whom is jumping into the lake, water sport, Leipzig region, swimming
Bath Leipzig in the Leipzig New Lake District © Christian Hüller

Want to cool off? Then take the plunge into the cool waters of Leipzig!

Water touring course

Some canoes paddle over the Karl Heine Canal and underneath the many bridges, boat rental, water sports, leisure, Green Leipzig
Leipzig's waterways are popular with paddlers. © Christian Hüller Fotografie

Be your own captain! 5 different water touring courses invite you to discover Leipzig from the water.

Restaurants by the water

Leipzig bathing lakes, Leipzig New Lake District, active, leisure, water sport
Harbour Pier 1 at Lake Cospuden © LTM / Andreas Schmidt

Actively discovering Leipzig makes you hungry. Let your soul be free and enjoy a break by the water.

Drifting on the water without a plan?

Canoeist on canal in Leipzig, day-trip destination, active holiday
Canoe trip in Leipzig © Christian Hüller

Book your guided canoe tour through Leipzig and the region!

Looking for a boat?

You can start your paddle tour at Leipzig City Harbour, for example - an ideal starting point to explore the Karl-Heine Canal in the direction of Plagwitz and Lindenau by canoe or kayak. You will definitely discover one or two new favourite places as you travel past beautiful industrial buildings that still evoke the heyday of Leipzig's industrial heritage. You don't want to do all the work yourself? No problem! Numerous motorboat operators offer guided tours along the water. Sit back and enjoy the view while listening to interesting stories woven around the Water City of Leipzig. Or are you an avid cyclist? Then take your bike for a guided tour along the canal and continue by boat on the water to Leipzig's New Lake District. 

Water City Leipzig offers numerous possibilities and is waiting to be discovered. 

Passenger ships

MS Santa Barbara ©Reederei Zwenkau GmbH & Co. KG

Sit back and enjoy the Water City Leipzig from a motorboat or ship. 

Boat rental stations

People in red rowing boats paddle on the water at the city harbour Leipzig, which offers boat tours on the city's canals such as the Karl-Heine-Kanal, water sports, recreational facilities, adventures
Canoeing around Leipzig's waterways © Andreas Schmidt

Grab your loved ones and rent a boat at one of the many boat rental stations and discover the waterways of Leipzig.  

Your boat is waiting for you!