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Cycling around Leipzig’s lake district – Neuseenland

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Cycling around Leipzig’s lake district – Neuseenland

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In Leipzig, former open-cast mines are being transformed into countless lakes in an area known as Neuseenland – Leipzig’s lake district. You can cycle along these new lakes and beyond on a network of well-developed cycle paths. The landscape may be flat, but you are treated to wonderful views of mixed forests and lakes. When you need a break, you can relax on a sandy beach or take a dip at one of the many bathing spots. Beautiful marinas and lively lake promenades on the water’s edge ensure you feel the maritime flair.

It’s very easy to explore this interesting region thanks to the junction system. In Neuseenland, you will come across junctions made up of signposts with green numbers that serve as your orientation aids. Decide which route you want to cycle and plan it using the junctions then you simply check off each one.

In this Collection, we show you how this works in practice. We’ve put together six great Tours through the Leipziger Neuseenland based on the junctions. The routes are between 13 and 58 kilometres (8 and 36 miles) long and all start and end at a train station so you can easily arrive by public transport from Leipzig. Once you've completed all of our bike Tours, you can use the junctions to create your own Tour through this fascinating region – easily, flexibly, and creatively.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:47
    8.31 mi
    10.7 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short tour is about the smallest, but deepest lake in Leipzig New Lakeland: the Markkleeberger See. It starts at the Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz station, where the S-Bahn lines S3, S5 and S6 take you from Leipzig.From the train station you drive east. Here you cross the Pleiße and ride on the coal-steam-light cycle route through a young forest to the Störmthaler Canal. The canal connects the Markkleeberger See with the Störmthaler See.You cross the canal and cycle north from the southern tip of the Markkleeberger See along the east bank. From the bike path you always have wonderful views of the water and you can take detours to great sandy beaches.When you arrive on the north bank, it is worth taking a break, because here you will find numerous places to stop and stroll along the lake promenade. Then you roll on the west side of the lake through beautiful nature back to the starting point in Gaschwitz.The nodes in this tour: 01, 02, 05, 19, 10, 02, 01.Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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    Easy
    01:44
    18.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you cycle once around the winding Störmthaler See. The starting point of the tour is at Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz train station. With the S-Bahn lines S3, S5 and S6 you can arrive from Leipzig in a relaxed manner.At the beginning you roll east and cross the Pleiße. You continue through a young forest to the Störmthal Canal, which you cross. Shortly afterwards you will reach the east bank of the Störmthaler See.Here you always cycle towards the south near the shore. You can enjoy wonderful views of the water from the bike path and from lookout points. Beautiful beaches also invite you to take leisurely breaks along the way.In the south of the lake you follow the winding bank over the Magdeborn peninsula, where you will find great refreshment stops and swimming spots. It continues around the southern tip and along the west bank. Here you can once again enjoy the spectacular views over the lake before you drive back from the northern tip to the starting point in Gaschwitz.The nodes in this tour: 01, 02, 05, 19, 82, 87, 77, 90, 76, 84, 05, 02, 01.Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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  • Intermediate
    00:49
    8.77 mi
    10.7 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The round trip around the Cospudener See, which is also affectionately called Cossi, begins in Markkleeberg. The S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S5X and S6 bring you there comfortably from Leipzig.From the train station you cycle west to start. Shortly before you reach the lake, you can take a break in Brot & Kees and strengthen yourself there. But you will pass it again on the way back.Then you will reach the northern tip of the Cospudener See. There are large sandy beaches where you can take a first swim. Then you cycle south on a great bike path along the west bank.A short detour to the diocese height is worthwhile before you reach the southern tip. From the observation tower you have an unforgettable view over the whole lake.After you have passed the southern tip, you roll north again on the east bank. It's a bit livelier on this side of the lake: At Pier 1 you can admire yachts and sailing boats and stop for a drink. North of it you will find great beaches where you can refresh yourself before you drive back to the starting point in Markkleeberg.The nodes in this tour: 40, 39, 26, 25, 32, 44, 40.Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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    Easy
    01:37
    17.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful round tour takes you around Lake Zwenkau. It is the largest lake in the Leipzig New Lakeland. The tour starts at Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz train station. The S-Bahn lines S3, S5 and S6 bring you here from Leipzig.To start off, head west through the Neue Harth, a beautiful mixed forest area where you can enjoy the wonderful nature around you.A few kilometers later you will come across water for the first time. However, it is not about the Zwenkauer See, but the southern part of the Cospudener See.After cycling along the shore for a while, you leave the lake and ride on the Elsterradroute along the river of the same name. Soon you will see the Zwenkauer See on your left.Always following the bank, you finally reach Cape Zwenkau. It is worth taking a long break here, because in addition to refreshment stops, you will also find a beautiful beach here to refresh yourself.With new strength, you then drive around the southern tip of the lake and then make your way back, which leads you again through the Neue Harth to Gaschwitz.The nodes in this tour: 17, 44, 32, 41, 61, 50, 62, 17.Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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    Intermediate
    03:21
    36.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This big round tour takes you around all four lakes of the Leipziger Neuseenland. It starts at the train station in Markkleeberg. From Leipzig you can get here with the S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S5X and S6.From the starting point you roll to the Pleiße and cross it. A little later you will reach the first lake on your tour: the Markkleeberger See. You cycle along the northeast bank and enjoy wonderful views of the blue water along the way.The Störmthaler See connects directly to the Markkleeberger See. Here, too, you first drive along the east bank. Beautiful vantage points, food trucks and swimming spots invite you to take a relaxing break on the way.In the south you roll over the Magdeborn peninsula and pass the southern tip of the lake before you cycle north on the west bank. Arrived at the northern tip, you have almost completely circled the lake. Now it goes west, where you pass Gaschwitz and soon after you reach the Zwenkauer See.From the south and west banks you have great views of the lake. At the Cospudener See you can end the bike tour comfortably and can refresh yourself in the water before you reach the starting point in Markkleeberg again.The nodes in this tour: 22, 06,10, 19, 82, 87, 77, 90, 76, 84, 05, 02, 01, 17, 62, 50, 61, 41, 32, 25, 26, 39, 40Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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    Easy
    01:33
    15.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Leipziger Neuseenland there are not only lakes, but also beautiful rivers and you will discover them on this tour. It starts in Böhlen, where you can get there with the S5, S5X and S6 from Leipzig.From the train station you cycle north, where you will soon come across the Pleiße. On the Pleißeradweg you always follow the river along the bank. You can enjoy great views of the river.In Markkleeberg you leave the Pleiße and cross the place. On the other side you will reach the beautiful Cospudener See. Its inviting beaches and bathing areas on the north and west banks are ideal for refreshment.Shortly before you reach the southern tip of the lake, turn west and come to the Weisse Elster. Follow the river on the Elster cycle route. On the way you not only enjoy the proximity to the Weißen Elster, but also that of the Zwenkauer See, because the cycle path runs exactly in the middle between the two bodies of water.At the southern tip of Zwenkau Lake you cross the White Elster and drive over the fields to Zwenkau-Großdalzig, where you reach the destination of the tour. The Erfurter Bahn takes you back to Leipzig from the train station.The nodes in this tour: 01, 22, 40, 39, 26, 25, 32, 41, 61, 66, 52.Our tip: If you want to adapt the route to your needs with the help of the nodes, this is particularly easy with komoot's bike-specific map view. Here the individual nodes are clearly visible and large on the map. The card is part of the komoot Premium membership: komoot.de/premium

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    105 mi
  • Duration
    09:51 h
  • Elevation
    1,700 ft

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