The Cospuden or Cospudener See (“lake”) is probably the most popular of the Neuseenland Lakes. The lake is bordered by the Leipzig Auenwald to the north. At the north end you’ll also find a fantastic 2km long sandy beach called the Nordstrand with cafes and places to snack. Around the lake there are plenty of other beaches and secluded spots to dip in the water.
The lake also has a bustling marina, with lots of restaurants, shops and facilities. It’s possible to walk, bike or in-line skate the entire 9km around the lake. Like all the Neuseeland Lakes the water quality is exceptionally good for bathing.
Marina Pier 1 has berthing for 150 boats up to 10m in length and has facilities for winter storage. This is a full-service marina open year-round. Wasserwirtschaft am Cospudener restaurant has an interesting menu and does good breakfasts. Café Kandler is an enjoyable place to hang out with a coffee in the wintertime.
Since 2012 it’s possible to take a canoe or kayak from the Leipzig City Harbor (“Stadthafen”) in Zentrum-West or from the Karl-Heine canal in Plagwitz directly to the lake through the wonderful Leipzig Auenwald (forest). For a more leisurely time MS Cospuden takes passengers around the lake. This boat has an upper and a lower deck and roundtrip takes about an hour.
It’s easy to get to the Cospudener See. Buses 65 and 79 (summer only) shuttle between the main tram lines and stop right beside the Nordstrand (‘North Beach’). Car parking can sometimes be a challenge in the summer. Biking to/from central Leipzig is a fantastic alternative – check out Biking – Clara Zetkin to Cospudener See. The north end of the lake is connected to Clara-Zetkin Park and the Zentrum via the Auenwald forests.
For more details and photos check out our post, Day out at Lake Cospuden.
[page content last updated July 2014]