After German reunification in 1990, Leipzig and the surrounding region started to explore ways of revitalizing its rivers and connecting them to the new lakes evolving in place of the exhausted mines. Work began with public debates and planning initiatives in the early 1990s. One important factor was the new lakes’ close proximity to each other and the city of Leipzig. It made sense to utilize the necessary outlet channels of the new lakes for water-related leisure activities. Foresighted planners recognized the region’s potential for development. And today, boating on the reopened waterways is all part of everyday life in and around Leipzig.In combination with connecting the Leipzig region to the River Saale, the water landscape evolving to the south of Leipzig offers a unique opportunity to build up a previously inconceivable water tourism sector in the region.
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