Just a few minutes away from the city’s splendid Old Town, a nature paradise is waiting for you: 960 ha of glittering water, sandy beaches and the deep green of the 420 m-high Mount Landeskrone, the city’s “private” mountain. This is where tourists and locals can get away and chill.
Here in the border triangle Germany-Poland-Czech Republic, families and people looking for various kinds of leisure activities will all find something according to their taste: the 16km-long and nearly completely asphalted circular trail around the lake passes bathing sites, playgrounds and a nature reserve. At the banks and near the lake, cyclists, skaters and walkers can enjoy lovely nature and beautiful views at any season of the year. For water sports enthusiasts, like surfers, sailors and stand-up paddlers Berzdorf Lake is ideal to live their passion.
If you just want to go for a swim, several bathing sites invite you to get into the crystal-clear and refreshing water.
In 2018, the bathing season at Berzdorf Lake started on the 1st of May. Bathing is allowed at the Northeast Beach, at the peninsula, and at the Blue Lagoon; the season ends on October 06th.
For dogs, there is a beach south of Deutsch Ossig.
Surfers have access to the lake at the Northeast Beach. Kite surfing is not allowed during the current season. Despite several attempts contacting the authorities in charge (such as the LMBV, an authority responsible for the development and re-cultivation of former open-cast lignite mining areas as well as the lower water authority), a solution could not be found yet. The reason why is, that during the last few years, there have been some incidents endangering the people involved, or causing power failures in the city of Görlitz. „We will follow up on this issue, because due to the wind conditions, our Berzdorf Lake is a perfect resort for kite surfers“, says Lord Mayor Siegfried Deinege.
Chilling at the lake, going for activities by bike or boat, enjoying culture or trying different kinds of food - this is a very pleasant way to spend the summer at Berzdorf Lake. During the summer, numerous events are offered to enliven the beach areas, the circle track, the harbour, and, of course, the lake itself. The Festival at the Blue Lagoon (Blaue Lagune) with the International Sailing Regatta and the Week of the Lake held for the 3rd time are some of the highlights.
The Week of the Lake, starting in a very sporty way, concentrates on Deutsch Ossig and its green promenade this year. To start with, participants are invited to test their cycling or archery skills; a cycling event will be arranged by Little John Bikes. The swimming club Schönau-Berzdorf and the DLRG (German Lifesaving Society) will present a performance on the water.
During the Lake Festival, the Görlitz Milk Bar entices you with delicious ice-cream, but also with numerous musical events: be it the atmospheric night of German pop music presenting special guests, the rock concert with Madrigal, or the performance of Stereo Pilot, a newcomer band from Löbau. A magic show presents magic entertainment to the visitors. Just a few steps away, you can enjoy culinary delights served by the Carari Catering Company: Once again, this will be the place to hold the popular jam championship and to invite visitors for breakfast at the banks of the lake.
Lovers of nature and of sports, and families, too – everyone can find something to enjoy the feeling of the lake in his or her own way.
If you want to be in close touch with the clear water, you have the opportunity to rent pedal boats or boards for stand-up paddling at the Northeast Beach to explore the lake. You might even rent a big board for up to six persons offered by a boat rental at the lake called “Symphonie der Freizeit“. You can also learn how to do stand-up paddling; the individual or group courses are fun to join with your families or friends, they are also a perfect idea for classes of schoolchildren, or for teams, as a teambuilding event. Our recommendation: Go on a guided tour at sunrise or sunset.
Sailors and would-be sailors set sail at the Tauchritz Harbour or the sailing base at Blue Lagoon. While sailing courses for kids and adults are held at the harbour by the „Symphonie der Freizeit“, there are numerous other events taking place at the Blue Lagoon: sailing training for kids and youngsters on Saturdays, an International Kids Sailing Camp as well as the International Sailing Regatta „Three Country Cup“ and the Final Regatta.
Sportsmen without sails are welcome to join the Zgorzelec Triathlon on July 15th or the „Swim 'n' Run” Competition held for the first time on August 12th.
The Zgorzelec Triathlon covers either the olympic distance (1.5km swimming, 40km cycling, 10km running), or a short version (750m swimming, 20km cycling, 5km running). The first stage is swimming, which starts at the Berzdorf Lake, before getting to Zgorzelec, where the participants will cross the finish line in the stadium.
The „Swim 'n' Run“-event held by the European Marathon Association is expected to be another exciting competition, and fun to watch, too. Pupils, young people and adults are invited to compete against each other covering different distances at the Tauchritz Harbour. The boat ramp will be a perfect place to get into and out of the water.
Stand-up paddling and pedal boat riding at the Northeast Beach and sailing at the harbour
Sailing at the Blue Lagoon (Blaue Lagune)
Start at the lake and finish at Zgorzelec stadium: July 15th
„Swim 'n' Run“
At Tauchritz Harbour: August 12th
Restaurant and Wellness Hotel near the harbour: Insel der Sinne www.inseldersinne.de
Restaurant at the Tauchritz Water Castle: Gut am See http://gut-am-see.de
Catering at Carari‘s in Deutsch Ossig: www.carari.de
Milk Bar Görlitz in Deutsch Ossig: www.facebook.com/MilchbarGoerlitz
Whether refined gastronomy or rather ice cream and bratwurst – there is something for everybody’s taste. The restaurant and wellness hotel Insel der Sinne, the Gut am See, the Kiosk at the harbour and the catering facilities at the Blue Lagoon invite their visitors to come in and stay. In addition, there are more places to drop in around the lake.
„Summer at the Lake“, this also means to discover new, refreshing offers, such as the newly-opened See-Lounge-Restaurant belonging to the hotel Insel der Sinne. Refined Mediterranean cuisine including delicious fish specialities is served on the spacious terrace right above the water – and in addition, you can enjoy the idyllic view over the lake. If it rains, you can sit in the glass pavilion being well-protected. As of mid July, the 4-star wellness hotel Insel der Sinne is ready to welcome the first overnight visitors.
Where today, there are numerous bathers bustling around during the summer, a few years ago, there was an open-cast lignite mine. The huge bucket wheel excavator 1452 in Hagenwerder tells you about the 250-year old mining tradition in the region of lower Silesian Upper Lusatia. On request, former miners guide you up to 24 metres, showing you around this large mining equipment. In Königshufen, one of the residential areas of Görlitz, there is a church called Hoffnungskirche, reminding of the village Dorf Deutsch Ossig, which used to be located at the site of Berzdorf Lake, and in 1988, had to give way to lignite mining.
At the southern banks of the lake, the exhibition displayed in the „House at the Lake“ in Tauchritz draws your attention to open-cast lignite mining and its impact on agriculture. Furthermore, the five rooms show previous life and crafts in this place. It is a project of co-operation between the congregation of the Evangelical Reconciliation Church in Görlitz, the Association for Local Heritage Tauchritz e.V. and the Association of Upper Lusatian Miners e.V.
Bucket-wheel Excavator 1452
Guided tour with an expert on request
Website (in german only): www.bagger1452.de
House at the Lake (Haus am See) in Tauchritz
Exhibition – this season focussing on hobbies and creativity at Berzdorf Lake
Website (in german only): www.versoehnung-goerlitz.de
take route B99 from Görlitz heading for Zittau
Change to the Section Citizens.
Bus line E: starting in Görlitz-Weinhübel (at the final station of tram linie 3) towards Deutsch Ossig – Hagenwerder Bahnhof – Hagenwerder Ort – Sportzentrum – Tauchritz/West – Blaue Lagune
Train number OE65: Görlitz – Görlitz/Weinhübel – Hagenwerder – heading further to Ostritz and Zittau
It takes just a few minutes either by bus or by train, by car or by bike going southwards along the Oder-Neisse-Cycle Path, to reach the Berzdorf Lake right outside the city gates of Görlitz. During the season, five parking areas offer more than 1,000 pitches. You find them at the entry to the Northeast Beach, near the harbour and at the Blue Lagoon.
Our recommendation: After your arrival, you can choose between two picturesque routes leading around the lake. It is worthwhile walking up to the viewing platform at the western banks of the lake. From there, you can enjoy a wonderful view over the lake and the surroundings, even towards the Zittau Mountains (Zittauer Gebirge) and the Iser Mountains (Isergebirge).