City and nature

Leipziger Wasserwege per Boot erkunden ©SC DHfK Leipzig e.V.
Leipziger Wasserwege per Boot erkunden ©SC DHfK Leipzig e.V.
Trails 3, 4 and 1a: Experience the great outdoors
 
Travel along the River Weiße Elster from Pegau to Leipzig or from Leipzig to the city of Halle and you’ll glide past delightful meadows and woodlands. In fact much of the countryside to the south and northwest of Leipzig is still intact. Leipzig is also unique in being crossed by a swathe of parks and woodlands stretching right up to the city centre, including the Auenwald. The Auenwald’s ecological significance is reflected in its designation as a protected landscape with its own nature reserves. Over 750 higher plant species and some 80 types of moss illustrate its biological diversity. Recently, the habitats existing in its treetops have become an object of scientific research, attracting wide publicity. Leipzig’s northern Auenwald is a protected habitat and a system of floodplains with the rivers Weiße Elster, Luppe and Nahle. River branches, extensive woods with parks and gardens and large populations of old trees make up a first-rate nature reserve and recreational area with a well-developed network of trails and paths. Focused measures to restore wetlands and thus stabilize and renaturalize humid biotopes help to preserve this area’s character.