Mildenstein Castle on the mountain, with the river Mulde and forest area in the foreground, sights, day-trip destination, water touring, active holiday, cycling, hiking
Sailboat harbour with jetty at dusk, holiday, excursion destination, sailing
Two people are hiking along a track in the forest, active
Döllnitz train on the tracks and cyclists on the other side, family outing, active holidays, industrial culture, cycling tours
View of the Quarry and the Beucha Mountain Church, sights, leisure
A couple with a child at Düben Castle, father is pointing towards something, day-trip destination, family day out, holiday
You are here: Region/Culture

Lake Cospuden

Relaxing or action-packed - it's up to you!

Bathing lakes Leipzig, Leisure, Sports, Surfing, Passenger ships
© Hüller Fotografie

Lake Cospuden, situated on the outskirts of the cities of Leipzig, Markkleeberg and Zwenkau, is dubbed "Cossi" by locals. It historic transformation from a lignite mining site to a lively leisure oasis exemplifies the region's development.

On the Zöbigk harbour with its Scandinavian feel, a varied range of water sports and related shops, restaurants, a sauna, as well as bicycle and boat rental can be found. From here, you can embark on a leisurely tour around the lake on a passenger ship. The dune-filled sandy beach on the northern shore, renowned as the longest sandy beach in Saxony, offers more than a dip alone.

The observation tower Bistumshöhe provides visitors with a fascinating view over the forest area of the "Neue Harth" and of the nearby leisure park, BELANTIS. Canoeists can paddle from the body of water 1 in the city harbour, located in the heart of Leipzig, through the Cospuden sluice, to Lake Cospuden.

Irrespective of what you decide on – Lake Cospuden can certainly offer you a relaxing and eventful time!

Offers: Water sports, Beach for Dogs, Angling, Nudist Area, Gastronomy, Accommodation, Passenger ships, Diving,

Location: between Leipzig, Markkleeberg and Zwenkau

Basic facts about the lake
Water surface area: 436 hectares
Shoreline:11 km
Depth: up to 54 km

Parking: Cospuden North Beach (Ziegeleiweg/Brückenstraße), Zöbigker/South Harbour (Koburger Straße/Hafenstraße), Zöbigker Harbour/Pier 1 (Hafenstraße), Cospuden East Beach (Mühlweg), Neue Harth/BELANTIS (A38 exit/up to the white mark)

Public transport
to Zöbigker Harbour:

  • Bus: (106) Zöbigker Schmiede Stop - approx. 500 m walking distance
  • S-Bahn: Markkleeberg, Großstädteln Stop - approx. 2 km to walk

To the North Beach:

  • Bus: (65), seasonal (79) Lake Cospuden stop, adventure area or North Beach - approx. 300 m to walk

Beach areas: North Beach (full accessibility swimming pier), East Beach

Harbours / Marinas / Mooring areas: Sailor harbour at pier 1

Accessibility information
At the lake view side of the easterly beach pavilion, swimming is possible for wheelchair-users too, thanks to a fully accessible swimming pier. You can roll down the tilted pier in your wheelchair, directly into the water, and swim from the end of the pier.
There is also changing room with disability access and a toilet with a EURO key on the North beach.
Disabled individuals can park next to the fully-accessible pier.
Additional information can be found in the Association for the Disabled's short video here.
This informative video is also available in sign language here.

Download flyer about the lakes


location Lake Cospuden
04416 Markkleeberg
web visit homepage


  • Fully accessible entrance for wheelchair users info
  • Special and personalised assistance services available for people with disabilities
  • Assistance for blind and visually-impaired guests info
  • Fully accessible rest-room for wheelchair users info
  • Disability-accessible establishment
  • Fully accessible elevator for wheelchair users info
Restaurant , Dogs allowed , Parking area , Boat rental , Bicycle rental , Ball games , Wellness , Playground , Bathroom
Cycling, Active, Leisure, Bathing lakes, Leipzig New Lake District
Leipzig bathing lakes, Leipzig New Lake District, active, leisure, water sport
Harbour Pier 1 at Lake Cospuden © LTM / Andreas Schmidt
Leipzig bathing lakes, Leipzig new lake district, active, leisure, water sport
© Fouad Vollmer Werbeagentur