Leipziger Auwald im Frühling
Schloss Gathersburg bei Grimma
Schnauderaue bei Groitzsch
Tagebau Schleenhain bei Leipzig
At first sight, the Leipziger Land seems flat and devoid of extraordinary scenic characteristics. There are no spectacular rivers or mountains. However, a closer look at this densely populated area reveals astounding processes of rapid change. The formerly ghastly landscapes south of Leipzig which had until 1989 become increasingly destroyed due to excessive open strip mining are currently being flooded to eventually form an unparalleled group of lakes; nearby, river floodplains are allowed to regenerate. East of the Leipziger Land, the Mulde river meanders beneath steep, terraced cliffs. The riverside is dotted with numerous castles which bear witness to a colorful history. Further north, the Mulde valley widens and gives way to vast floodplains which are dominated by sturdy, gnarly oaks.