Lignite mining.
Landscape change.
Energy future.

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.


the bike & adventure route
vier Personen sitzen auf einer Decke vor Campingzelten, im Hintergrund Ferropolis
Etappe 1

From Wittenberg to Gräfenhainichen

From the Piesteritzer Werkssiedlung past the mining lakes in the Dübener Heide Nature Park, this stage leads to the open-air museum and event location Ferropolis.

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zwei Radfahrer auf dem Goitzscherundweg
Etappe 2

From Zschornewitz to Bitterfeld

From there, where once the world's largest and most modern lignite-fired power plant was built, you will embark on a tour towards the Goitzsche lake region.

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Boote im Hafen am Cospudener See
Etappe 3

From Delitzsch to Markkleeberg

From the northern Leipzig Neuseenland is cycled on this stage through the metropolis of Leipzig to the Cospuden Lake in Markkleeberg.

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Schiff auf dem Störmthaler See, im Hintergrund der Bergbau-Technik-Park
Etappe 4

From Lake Cospuden to Lake Großstolpen

About the forest and lake landscape Neue Harth this stage leads to the mining technology park in Großpösna and ends at the Großstolpener lake.

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stations along the route


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!

Gremmin lake

The flooding of the Golpa-Nord open-cast lignite mine near Gräfenhainichen created a local recreation area in 2000.

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FERROPOLIS - the city of iron - is an industrial museum on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin near Gräfenhainichen.

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On the edge of the Dübener Heide Nature Park, an exciting and valuable biotope has been created at Muldestausee, providing a habitat for rare and endangered species.

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HAUS AM SEE Schlaitz

The Information Center for Environment and Nature Conservation at the Mulde Reservoir tells the story of the transformation from a dredging empire to a natural idyll.

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Great Goitzsche Lake

The Goitzschesee is an open pit lake and a scenic gem with a wide range of offers for water sports enthusiasts, recreationists and nature lovers.

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Bitterfeld Water Center

The disused former Bitterfeld waterworks directly on the B 100 opposite the Goitzsche is now an information and education center on the subject of water.

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Lake Cospuden

The development of Lake Cospuden from an open-cast lignite mine to a lively leisure oasis is exemplary for the region.

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Blue path

Discover Bitterfeld - from the Goitzsche to the Bitterfeld city center

Blue path

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.

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