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!