Markkleeberg See

The Markkleeberg See (“lake”) is a former open-pit coal mine, flooded in 1999 and since developed as a recreational area. There is an artificial white-water rafting course (Kanupark Markkleeberg), several swimming beaches, animal paddocks (one with American buffalos) and a campsite. The lake is about 8km directly south of central Leipzig.

The north end of the lake has a nice promenade with places to sit and eat or drink (StrandCafe) and a small marina, and as well this is where the Lake Markkleeberg–Lake Störmthal passenger boat docks. You’ll see some recent construction and development here too, including some very lovely residential homes overlooking the lake.

Ice cream, restaurant and outside terrace
ice cream, restaurant and outside terrace

sightseeing boat
sightseeing passenger boat

kanupark, white-water rafting
kanupark, white-water rafting

It’s safe and easy to walk or bike around the entire lake. There’s good signposting. Markkleeberg is one of the smaller lakes and a circuit can be completed in less than an hour by bike. It can be quiet and serene especially during the week.

quiet beaches
quiet beaches


The entire route around the lake is either paved or gravel path. Note that besides the northern promenade and the terraces and restaurant at Kanupark there are no services. There are however several rest stops with toilets and benches. Look out for the various sculptures that dot the pathway.

rest stop, buffalo paddocks
rest stop, buffalo paddocks

"Penelope" sculpture
“Penelope” sculpture

It’s straightforward to get to the Markkleeberg See. Tram 11 comes directly from the Hauptbahnhof (central train station), down Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, through Connewitz and terminates closeby in Markkleeberg-Ost. Car parking is plentiful, though some of it is paid parking. Biking to/from central Leipzig is a good alternative. The north end of the lake is well connected with walking/biking trails leading to Cospudener See, and the Elster-und Pleiße-Auewald (forest) and up into Clara-Zetkin Park.

[page content last updated July 2014]

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