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Arts meets industry near Markkleeberg

Two decades ago, the area near Markkleeberg was dominated by opencast mining. Now almost all the open pits have been flooded to create a new lake district. It's one stop on the "coal, steam and electricity" bike trail.

Former ironworks plant, Ferropolis illuminated at night Photo: Marc Tirl/dpa, Copyright: dpa - Bildfunk

Ferropolis illuminated at night Photo: Marc Tirl/dpa, Copyright: dpa - Bildfunk

On this tour of industrial heritage, we start off in the new lake district near Markkleeberg. The town narrowly escaped being torn down by mining companies. We also take a look at Vineta, an art installation on Lake Störmthal that remembers the fate of the villages that had to make way for coal mines.

We continue along the "coal, steam and electricity" bike trail, northwards to the Museum of Industry and Film in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, located on the site of what was once Europe's biggest film factory.

Nearby is the Zschornewitz power station. The plant and its workers' village are now historically protected sites. 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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