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Saxony as water sports area

Surfing on the Atlantic Ocean? Why so far away if it is so near...? Aside from great art and culture, industrial history and traditional handicraft, Saxony has also active highlights to offer - the rivers Elbe, Mulde, Zschopau and Striegis, dams, lakes and ponds are absolutely suitable for water sports and are just waiting to be conquered. Whether it is surfing, sailing, fishing, canoeing or bathing and swimming, there is something for every water sports enthusiast. The range stretches from water touring, wakeboarding, waterskiing and jet-skiing, windsurfing or kite surfing to white water rafting. It's a matter of discovering the underwater world and setting sail.

Welcome to Germany's number one cultural destination

It is first and foremost the art and cultural events that visitors from all over the world appreciate so much in Saxony. Whether in world-class venues , with famous orchestras and ensembles - internationally noted theatre and musical productions , high-calibre festivals as well as museums and exhibitions represent the Saxon high culture. Welcome to Germany's number one cultural destination. 

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Water sports paradise Lusatia

Lusatia with its lakes and ponds as well as the emerging Lausitzer Seenland (Lusatian Lakeland) is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts: surfing on the Olbersdorfer See, rafting and canoe tours on the Neiße, jet-skiing on the Geierswalder See, kite surfing, diving or swimming - there are no limits to the various water sports activities. In the heart of Lusatia, where once the lignite excavators dug deep into the earth, the probably largest water landscape between Lisbon and Moscow is presently developing. 21 new lakes with a 13.000 hectares expanse of water will be part of the water-world in the Lausitzer Seenland. The popular recreational areas Knappensee, Silbersee and Senftenberger See already invite to active water sports.

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Water tour on the Elbe

Water touring along the Elbe

In Saxony, the second biggest German river delights with its scenic attractions: water sports enthusiasts come across the national park region Saxon Switzerland with its sandstone rocks and table mountains. Paddlers, yachtsmen and motorboat drivers experience the world-famous silhouette with the Church of Our Lady, the church Hofkirche and the Semper Opera on the Dresden Elbe shore. From Pillnitz to Meißen, the terraced slopes of the Saxon Wine Road shape the landscape and introduce the 800-year-old tradition of wine growing in the Elbe valley. Schloss Hartenfels castle in Torgau, its church once having been consecrated by Luther as first protestant church building in Germany, will impress you.

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Der Cospudener See ist Leipzig beliebtester Badesee im Neuseenland.

Leipziger Neuseenland

All around the lively cultural and fair city Leipzig lies the Leipziger Neuseenland. Once, brown coal mining shaped the landscape. The huge opencast mining holes and plants have made way to attractive leisure and recreational landscapes. During the day, it is time to enjoy the sun, the beaches and sailing. In the evenings, it is only a short way to high culture and the nightlife scene of Leipzig. The Cospudener See is connected to Leipzig city by water. The 436-hectare body of water with the longest sand beach in Saxony ranges among the most popular bathing lakes in the region of Leipzig. The canoe park Markkleeberg is considered one of the three most modern white water parks in the world and is open to Olympic competitive athletes as well as to hobby canoeists. This is a place where you can enjoy the carefree thrill of white water rafting at the side of experienced rafting guides. The Kulkwitzer See at the western outskirts of Leipzig is the most popular diving place in Central Europe.

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Kriebstein Castle

Valley of the River Mulde

Untouched nature and a 1000-year-old culture form the distinctive backdrop of the courses of rivers in the Ore Mountains and in the Saxon Castle and Heathland. Along the Zschopau, the Zwickauer Mulde, the Freiberger Mulde and the Vereinigte Mulde, castles and aristocracy houses, churches and monasteries invite to a journey through the past. The dam Kriebstein belongs to the most beautiful local recreation areas in Saxony. In a nutshell: whoever entrusts himself to the water by means of canoe, boat or raft, experiences these riverscapes from their most beautiful side.

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Sailing by the Pöhl dam

Dam Idyll in the Vogtland

In the holiday region Vogtland in the southwest of Saxony lies one of Saxony's largest summer holiday areas in densely wooded surroundings: the Talsperre Pöhl. During the water sports season from May 1st until September 30th, yachtsmen, surfers and swimmers dominate these idyllic waters. The dam is above all very much in demand as a sailing area. Every year, up to 20 regattas take place here. Visitors especially appreciate the sightseeing tours on the passenger ships as well as the climbing tours in the high ropes forest or in the "Steinicht" (natural climbing area) on the Weiße Elster.

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