What to expect: the atmosphere of a city on the water, vibrant pub and restaurant scene, attractive industrial and Gründerzeit architecture, nature observation in the alluvial forest of southern Leipzig

Facts

Kanutour © LTM A.Schmidt
Difficulty: easy
Length: approx. 8.9 km
Locks: none
Portaging: 1x for the round trip by canoe beneath Grosszschocher flow divider

Fully navigable for:
  • Canoes 

Sections are navigable for:
  • LeipzigBoot/boats adapted to the waterways – Elster millrace, Stadtelster downstream beneath Pistorissteg/Höhe Hüfferstrasse, Elster flood relief channel
  • Rowing boats – Stadtelster downstream beneath Pistorissteg/Höhe Hüfferstrasse, Elster flood relief channel, Elster millrace
  • Passenger ships – Stadtelster downstream beneath Pistorissteg/Höhe Hüfferstrasse, Elster flood relief channel, Elster millrace 

Travel time from the harbour:
Round trip by canoe:
  • 2–2 ½ hours
LeipzigBoot/boats adapted to the waterways:
½ hour to landing stage at Schleussiger Brücke bridge


Route plan

Kanutour Innenstadt © LTM A.Schmidt
START: 0.0 km Leipzig Harbour
Enter/exit the water at the landing stage; parking available.

0.8 km mouth of the Elster flood relief channel
Caution: danger of death at Palmengarten weir!
Keep well clear! Turn left.

1.7 km Horse racing track
Landing stage at the racecourse. Access via Rennbahnweg; parking available.

2.2 km Division of Pleisse and Elster flood relief channels
Keep right and follow the Elster flood relief channel upstream.

4.4 km Grosszschocher flow divider
Caution: danger of death on weir system!
Portage point: exit the water to the right before the weir, above the training section, past the grounds of the Leipziger Kanu-Club e.V.

4.5 km Stadtelster
Continue downstream on the Stadtelster.
Caution: obstacles in the training section!

6.9 km Karlbrücke bridge (on Industriestrasse)
Pass the branch for Karl Heine Canal (Route 2) on your left. Continue on the Stadtelster.

7.9 km Kleine Luppe branch
Pass the branch for the Kleine Luppe; continue on the Stadtelster towards Klingerhainbrücke.

8.1 km mouth of the Elster flood relief channel
Caution: danger of death at Palmengarten weir!
Keep right! Continue straight ahead under the Peterssteg and into the Elster millrace.

FINISH: 8.9 km Leipzig Harbour
Enter/exit the water at the landing stage; parking available.

Possible start and finish points

  • Leipzig Harbour: Käthe-Kollwitz-Strasse/Schreberstrasse, Leipzig
  • Racecourse landing stage: Rennbahnweg, Leipzig
  • Limburger landing stage: Limburger Strasse, Leipzig