Döllnitz Railway traverses a landscape of forests and meadows, Excursion Destination, Leisure, Industrial Heritage
Mining and Technology Park with excavators and people
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Industrial heritage in the Leipzig region

Witnesses of regional industrial history

Experience a true journey through time with these cable cars

In addition to castles and palaces, family-friendly waterways, and an idyllic heath landscape, major attractions around Leipzig include artefacts of the region's mining and industrial heritage.

Experience industrial culture "live" and in a totally different way - e.g. during a ride on the Döllnitz railway, which is over 125 years old. The roots of the "Wild Robert", as the narrow gauge railway is also affectionately known locally, go a long way back. For decades, its main purpose was to transport china clay and agricultural products Today, the Döllnitz Railway performs its tasks just as reliably as it did then. With steam and diesel locomotives, the light railway is one of the most important tourist attractions in the region.

Further south in the Leipzig region, the "Historische Kohlebahn", equipped with diesel engines, crosses the border between Saxony and Thuringia. You can experience real mining tradition, enjoy idyllic landscapes and also visit sights along the way.

If you have never ridden on a horse-drawn tram, you must visit Döbeln, also known as Stiefelstadt or "Boot City". The unique urban horse-drawn tram still runs every first weekend of the month from May to October. Between 1892 and 1926, the horse-drawn tram was a regular feature of the public transport system in Döbeln. Every day, more than 500 people were conveyed from Döbeln's main railway station to the city centre – a distance of around two kilometres. Visit the German Horse Railway Museum to learn about the history of horse trams.

Historical Döllnitz Railway near Oschatz, train with people riding bicycles in the foreground, Industrial Heritage
Döllnitz Railway in Oschatz © Alexander Klich

Mining in the region

Leipzig New Lake District - discover the heritage of coal mining

Until 1990, lignite mining dominated the landscape around Leipzig. The former mining tradition is recounted by a wide range of museums and artefacts.

The belt stacker in the Mining and Technology Park is visible from a distance. The open-air exhibition along the A 38 motorway succeeds in bringing the topic of mining to the younger generations in an exciting way.

You can also experience the traces of the past on a ride with the historic coal train or a visit to mining museums and former briquette factories.


Mill in Lindennaundorf © SV Markranstädt