Two decades ago the area around the town of Markkleeberg was dominated by opencast mining. Now almost all the open pits have been flooded, creating a new lake district. It's one stop on the "coal, steam and electricity" bike trail.
We start off in the new lake district near Markkleeberg. The town narrowly avoided being torn down by mining companies. The final stop on our journey is Ferropolis, the city of iron. Here gigantic coal excavators provide an unusual backdrop for art installations and concerts.
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