The Clara-Zetkin Park is close to the center and is located on both banks of the river Pleiße. With its stage, dahlia terrace and mini golf, the park offers more than trees, water areas and lush meadows. Clara Zetkin was a politician of the German Communist Party in the Weimar Republic. The Clara-Zetkin Park forms together with the Johannapark a large green area in the west of the Leipzig city center.
The Auwald is the green lung of Leipzig. The forest runs along the river Pleisse through the entire city. The most beautiful part is the southern floodplain, where the forest reaches its greatest extent. The Auwald is a large forest area in the middle of the city, which is crossed by several streams. Large parts of the floodplain forest are protected. There is a path along the Pleisse, where you can cross the Auwald in north-south direction.
The Deutsche Platz is an oval green area north of the Old Fair grounds. The most prominent building on the square, is the new building of the German National Library, which was founded here.
Markkleeberger See is also a former open-cast mine that was flooded from 1994 to 2006. Today the Markkleeberger See is an excursion destination of the Leipziger with many sport possibilities and gastronomy. On the north bank, the lake borders on a village, in the south the bank is forested. In summer, excursion boats sail on the lake which also cross the Sörmthaler See via a lock. Markkleeberg is a suburb with around 25,000 inhabitants in the south of Leipzig, near the Autobahn 38.
The "Zwenkauer See" was once a brown coal opencast mine. Since 2015 the approximately 970 ha large lake can be used as recreation area. On the lake is a tour boat, which offers a sea cruise (link). In the village of Zwenkau a small harbor with restaurants and landing-stages was created. At the moment a new district is being built, directly at the lake front.