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Bautzen Reservoir and Dam

The Bautzen reservoir is a large recreation area on the northern outskirts of the city, and is very popular with locals, and for recreational and active holiday makers. A beach section on the east bank of the reservoir offers swimming, sailing and other recreation possibilities along the beach promenade. A path around the reservoir is ideal for hiking and cycling.

The Bautzen dam and reservoir was originally constructed for the supply of industrial water for the brown coal power stations further downstream, as well as for flood protection. This latter function is today monitored by the Saxony Reservoir Administration (Landestalsperrenverwaltung). The construction work for what is the second largest dam in Saxony began in 1968. Before it was filled with water, the inhabitants of the two villages Malsitz and Nimschütz had to be resettled. Since 1977, the Bautzen dam and reservoir has been in continuous operation.

Climbing Park and High Ropes Course

The climbing experience for young and old: More than 50 climbing exercises and 230 meter long rope slides (zip lines) make for an unforgettable experience. The High Ropes Course offers various climbing opportunities with a mix of poles and trees. The poles are between three and eleven meters high, while the trees allow climbing exercises at six meters high. The rope slide course provides additional fun. Visitors can choose from different climbs with different levels of difficulty. Interaction and co-operation games for group development and team building can also be organised at the high ropes course.

Hochseilgarten am Stausee

Das Klettererlebnis am Stausee Bautzen

Strandpromenade 8
02625 Bautzen

Phone +49 179 6742574

Playground at the reservoir

A playground with various wooden structures offers children the opportunity to climb and romp.

Adventure and nature camping (*****)

From the Bautzen district of Burk, and the Spree- Long Distance Cycle Route, you can reach the Bautzen Adventure and Nature Campground. It is located at the southern end of the beach promenade. The camping facility offers around 100,000 square meters of idyllic pitches for tents, caravans and mobile homes in the middle of the countryside with a view of the lake. Teepees or various wooden houses can also be rented.

The site is very comfortably equipped and leaves nothing to be desired. It includes a service station for mobile homes, service buildings, state-of-the-art sanitary facilities, rental baths and a laundry. A small shop, as well as the rental of canoes and bicycles are at guests’ disposal.

Bautzen Minigolf Park

Idyllically situated on the beach promenade of the Bautzen reservoir, it boasts 18 individual minigolf holes.
It is played across a model of the Oberlausitz, with numerous miniature buildings and features. From the smallest city gate in Bautzen to the 800-year-old oak in Niedergurig – the visitors will learn a lot about the individual landscapes and sights of the Oberlausitz. An extensive range of ice cream, drinks and food is available.

Minigolfpark am Stausee Bautzen

Spielend durch die Miniatur-Oberlausitz

Strandpromenade 10
02625 Bautzen

Phone +49 3591 385343

Ocean Beach Bar

Right on the beach, the Ocean Beach Bar invites you to play sport or relax with an ice cream or a cool drink while enjoying the unique atmosphere of a romantic sunset over the water. Beach volleyball, Zumba courses, summer cinema or DJ / music events – during the summer season, the Ocean Beach Bar holds many regular and well attended events.

Go by pedal-boat
Explore the reservoir the comfortable way. Various models, such as with integrated water slides, can be rented at the Ocean Beach Bar.

Ocean Beach Bar Bautzen

Strandpromenade 5
02625 Bautzen

Phone +49 152 31715367

Koban Field kitchen

The numerous leisure activities are guaranteed to make you hungry. It’s good, then, that the Koban field kitchen can satisfy your hunger with hearty food from the goulash cannon and other snacks.

Opening hours

April to October (weather dependent)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: from 11.30 am
Thursday, Friday: from 1.30 pm

Access and parking

You can reach the reservoir via federal road (Bundestrasse) B 156 and the motorway A 4, junction Bautzen-Ost (East). A large visitor car park for guests is signposted from Bundestrasse B 156. Go to the campsite via Burk. Due to its location on the Spree Cycle Route, the reservoir is also very easy to reach by bicycle.

The Bautzen Reservoir by Bike

The river Spree-Long Distance Cycle Route runs along the eastern shores of the reservoir. This is the best way to get to the reservoir by bike or from here to the well-developed regional cycle paths.


  • Around the reservoir (16 km)
  • Excursion to the historic old town (4 km)
  • further tours to the south in the Oberlausitzer Bergland or in the northern direction in the heath and pond landscape can be found in the category “cycling”.

Water sports

Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, dinghy sailing

Convenient Boat access to the water is at the northern end of the beach promenade.
Please note: Vehicles may only be used for loading and unloading at the waterfront. Please park your car during the boat trip in the adjacent car park.