It’s hard to imagine that just 30 years ago, heavy machinery tore through Leipzig’s foothills as far as the eye could see to mine lignite and excavate coal. Today, nature takes centre stage in these pristine landscapes. North, south, east and west of Leipzig, flora and fauna are rapidly reclaiming their territories, giving way to places of refuge and wild landscapes en route. We’re captivated by Leipziger Neuseenland’s countless bathing spots. A short trip to take a quick dip in former quarries promises a unique sense of adventure as we set out to track down these open-air pools. Dive from jagged rocks into deep blue waters and hike through wetland reserves to discover secluded shorelines. An abundance of beauty is just waiting to be explored beyond the city’s borders.
Discover more recommendations for pristine lakes in the region in our Take Me to the Lakes – Leipzig Edition. We bring you 50 wondrous lakes and 120 bathing spots near the city. In addition to some of the more renowned lakes in the region, such as Cospudener See, Markkleeberger See und Störmthaler See, you’ll also find smaller, lesser-known bodies of water.