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Observation tower Halde Trages

Panoramic view of the surrounding New Lake District

The steel observation tower protrudes from the tree tops, day-trip destination
"Hochhalde" in Rötha © Marlies Walther

The observation tower, on the 'Trageser Hochhalde' protrudes 33 m into the sky. It was opened on 09 February 2002, after only 3 months of construction. The tower has the Free State of Saxony to thank for the subsidies it issued in the area of lignite restoration, which enabled its development. But without help of the 'Dachverein Mitteldeutsche Straße der Braunkohle e.V' (East German Braunkohle Street Association), the Espenhain community, the 'Lausitzer Mitteldeutsche Bergbauverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG)' (the Lausitzer East German Mining Administration Authority), the 'Steinbau Ehrenfriedersdorf' (Ehrenfriedersdorf stone construction) and other regional collaborators, the project would not have been possible.

The observation tower is 228 m above sea level, and by climbing the observation platform's 160 steps, an additional 30 m can be reached. But, be careful! Climb the tower at your own peril! The tower climber is rewarded with a 360 degree, unspoiled, panoramic view of the emerging Leipzig New Lake District. An information board on the upper platform indicates the location of elevations and objects in the surrounding area.

The 'Halde Trages' itself emerged approx. 60 years ago from the ground development activities of opencast mining in Espenhain. The 70 m high and 2 km long heap lies between Espenhain, Mölbis, Trages, and Thierbach. The "mountain" is characterised by erosion gullies on the west side and ecologically important biotopes in the Kippe forest. The 10 km circular route offers an ideal terrain for nature and hiking enthusiasts on the Hochhalde. Nature lovers are educated on the diverse flora and fauna by means of various information boards.

  • Height: 33 m
  • Steps: 160
  • Material: galvanised steel construction


location Observation tower Halde Trages
04571 Rötha
OT Espenhain


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