Central Germany has a long history of the extraction, refining and use of lignite. The testimony of this industry that profoundly shaped the landscape will soon be nothing more but "blue spots" – that is lakes – on the map. Only the few remaining open-cast mining machines will tell the story of the extraordinary technical achievements that were essential for lignite surface mining.

The Bergbau-Technik-Park (open air museum for mining technology) lets visitors learn about the technical implications of lignite extraction while providing recreation and spectacular impressions. Young people will be amazed by the scale of engineering and logistics, former miners will be taken back to the old days. A trail reveals the process of lignite mining in chronological order, combined with scenic routes and panoramic views from large-scale technical equipment like the bucket-wheel excavator 1547 (about 1.300 metric tons, built in 1985) or the belt stacker 1115 (2.400 metric tons, built in 1986).

The Bergbau-Technik-Park is situated in Leipzig's Neuseenland between Markkleeberger See and Störmthaler See on a waste area of the former open-cast mine Espenhain right next to motorway 38.

Am Westufer 2
04463 Großpösna
Landkreis Leipzig
+49 (0) 34297 - 140127

Recommended duration of visit: 1,5 Hours
Duration of a guided Tour: 60 Minutes
Admission: Charge
Access for persons with disabilities: For details see website
Infrastructure for Children:
Gift and book shop on Site: yes

Mid March to mid November:
Thursday, Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holiday 10am-6pm
During school holidays: Tuesday - Sunday 10am-6pm

  • Guided tours optional
  • Guided tours for children