Open-cast mining landscape © LTM A.Schmidt

Open-cast mining landscape © LTM A.Schmidt

Mining tradition

The Leipzig region, and Leipzig New Lakeland in particular, is the legacy of coal extraction. The former mining tradition is recounted by a wide range of museums and artefacts, such as the Mining and Technology Park, the mine railway, the mining museums and former briquette factories – you can find traces of the past everywhere. 
You can still trace the extraction of this black gold today in two large open-cast mines. Head to one of the open-cast mining observation points and see the history of the earth laid out in front of you.