Where excavators once dug into the earth in numerous open-cast lignite mines, the adventure route COAL | STEAM | LIGHT | SEAS now runs. Between Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the Leipzig Neuseenland, it connects sites, providing insights into the history of lignite mining as well as industry and the remarkable transformative capacity of the Central German mining district from an ecologically devastated region to a scenic lake district with green industries. The route runs through a young landscape of contrasts: a future-oriented present that consciously plays with its past.
The COAL | VAPOR | LIGHT | LAKE - Route combines thereby also family offers with extraordinary attractions and photo motifs: Swimming fun at the numerous lakes on the route, for example, under the gigantic excavators in Ferropolis. Action is promised by a visit to the wake park, canoe park or adventure golf. And several hands-on exhibitions invite visitors to explore and experience the transformation of nature, the working world and industry.
The associated bike path can be experienced on over 160 kilometers of well-signposted paths one of the largest structural changes in the German economy and landscape.
stations along the route
COAL | VAPOR | LIGHT | SEAS
Go on an exciting journey of discovery into a region that was an ecological disaster area until the end of the GDR due to lignite mining and chemical industry. Since the political turnaround in 1989, these ecological hotspots have been extensively redeveloped and converted into highly interesting tourist recreational landscapes with unique evidence of industrial history.
The stations on the route, some of which are located directly on the bike path, some of which can be reached via a detour, provide interesting insights into the history and present of this versatile region. All stations are also easily accessible by car.
The mining lakes that have been created have become particularly attractive for bathers, water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. With excellent water quality, they provide an ideal habitat for numerous animal and plant species.
Visit also factory settlements at former lignite-fired power plants and be amazed at the sight of former large-scale open-cast mining equipment. Visit original sites where groundbreaking inventions and developments took place in the 20th century. Let your eyes wander over an active open pit mine and visit one of the most modern coal-fired power plants in Europe.
While the route is also interesting for children. Children's playgrounds, educational facilities - some with multimedia exhibitions-, nature trails, excursions and water sports on the lakes offer all kinds of variety.
Whether by bike or car - experience the change of the once powerful Central German industrial area to a cultural and recreational landscape!
The Great Goitzsche Lake is the No. 1 tourist magnet in the town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Anyone who fancies swimming, sailing, rowing, pedal boating, diving or stand-up paddling will get their money's worth here. Few people know, however, that Bitterfeld's city center is just a short walk away. From now on, the "Blue Trail" will guide interested visitors along almost three kilometers from the lake promenade at the Bernsteinsee Marina to Bitterfeld's city center, which is always worth a visit with its sights, stores and gastronomic offerings. Peppered with quiz questions and interactive elements, the route itself becomes an experience. Once you reach your destination, the digital city tour awaits you.