The Central German lignite mining area has been in tremendous change since the end of the GDR. While lignite is still important in today's energy mix and that, for example, Schleenhain near Neukieritzsch and Groitzsch is being supported by us in active open-cast mining, most of the open pit mines are being and are set for social and environmental reasons carefully recultivated for nature and man.
Most mining cavities - also called residual holes - are flooded. Either with rainwater or the inflow of groundwater, through branches of rivers such as Saale or Elster or also through artificial flooding by means of pipelines, in which the pumped groundwater of the active coal mines is led into the remaining holes.
Just after the political change 1989 the lignite mining area got an enormous change dynamics, While in GDR times especially the Kulkwitzer See as Bathtub of the Leipziger became known (opened 1973), so emerged from the early nineties, a new Tagebausee after another.
First, the Cospuden Lake As a correspondence project of the EXPO 2000 in Hannover handed over its new purpose, then followed by the flood of Elbe and Mulde the big Goitzschesee at Bitterfeld, later Markkleeberg lake and Hainer See, Today are too Geiseltalsee, Störmthaler and Zwenkauer See finished or almost finished flooded.
More than 23 open pit holes are turning around Leipzig and Halle, Bitterfeld and Borna in lakes and the quality of life and recreational value are improving with each passing year. Everywhere there are boat harbors, holiday apartments and sports facilities, beaches and footbridges invite you to linger.
On the southern outskirts of Leipzig, surrounded by the Auewald of the metropolis, is located on 400 ha large Cospudener lake. Unwind your soul during a day at the lake, enjoy the 2 km long sandy beach on the northern shore or discover the diverse harbor on the eastern shore of the lake.
A heavenly spot Earth: From romantic manor houses to own boat moorings and other water sports activities - at Hainer Lake everyone will find a suitable offer.
Holidays on the water and the cultural city of Leipzig within reach - a perfect mix. At Kulkwitzer See, you can admire excellent water quality and lush greenery, choose from a variety of recreational activities or just relax and go camping.
The largest artificial lake in Germany - and yet charming. The transition from mining to viticulture is unique at the Geiseltalsee - here is the first vineyard at a Tagebausee.
Lake Gremmin is particularly well-known for its striking peninsula in the middle of the lake - Ferropolis. "The City of Iron" comprises five large devices that were saved from scrapping and can now be found as an attraction in the 560 hectare lake.
Formerly known as the "Leopold" mine, the Goitzsche opencast mine was fully developed in the middle of the last century and is now popular with water sports enthusiasts, holidaymakers and motorboat fans.
The Gröberner See is one of the northernmost lakes in the Central German Lakeland. 1987 found a bone of an 100.000-year-old forest elephant in the former Gröbern opencast mine, which is shown in the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte in Halle.
Get adventurous in the canoe park with two whitewater trails or spend time relaxing by the lake. In addition, there are many things to see for vacationers and newcomers to the varied water sports courses.
The Störmthaler lake is located in the middle of the Leipzig New Zealand southeast of Leipzig. It has been completely flooded since the end of 2012. Unique feature of the Störmthaler lake is the floating art object VINETA, a unique event venue in Europe.