Stops along the route

Go on an exciting journey of discovery in a region that was an ecological emergency area due to lignite mining and chemical industry until the end of the GDR. 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!

Futurea Science Center

What do hunger in the Third World, the environmental compatibility of diesel vehicles, daily dental care or the artificial production of natural substances have to do with Wittenberg's historic marketplace?

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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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