Lake Altdöbern is currently being flooded. Around two thirds of what was once the Greifenhain open-cast mine have already been filled with water. The process is scheduled to be completed in 2026. At present, the lake is still undergoing mining reclamation work. Investment in tourism infrastructure and the development of the lake will follow in the coming years. The focus will be on health, vitality and the emergence of a new landscape.
But you can already enjoy a range of activities around Lake Altdöbern. An asphalt service road used by the mining reclamation company LMBV runs along the southern edge of the lake. It is well suited for cycling and offers interesting views of the lake. Pritzen peninsula extends into the emerging lake. Here, you can still admire some of the artwork from the European Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibitions held in 1993 and 1995. Parking is available at the Randriegel viewpoint south of Altdöbern and at the viewpoint in Pritzen.
Facts and figures
- Size of the lake: 880 ha
- Max. depth: 67 metres
Leisure facilities and activities
- Randriegel viewpoint on the western shore
- Pritzen peninsula art space: A series of artworks and unusual designs were created as part of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which was held in this post-mining landscape in 1993 and 1995; Gelbe Rampe (yellow ramp) viewpoint
- Cycling along the lakeside path connecting Altdöbern, Cunersdorf and Pritzen and on the cycle path link to Lake Gräbendorf
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