Diving in Central Germany

Central Germany, or Mitteldeutschland in german, can be described as Germany’s unexplored pulsating heart. With stunning cities like Dresden, Leipzig, Erfurt and Weimar, whose historical legacy never override their modern jubilance, it really should not be often overlooked by divers of all levels. Geographically, the region would correspond to the landlocked German states without external borders, therefore pinpointing the federal lands Hesse, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia as being Central Germany. From the wonderful German Central Uplands, Mittelgebirgsschwelle in German, to the fertile Thuringian Basin, Mitteldeutschland’s low mountains and rolling hills, offers divers an opportunity to explore German V-2 Rocket caves, mercurial riverbeds, flooded mines, and quarry lakes bordered by forested mountains. Ditch the museums, cathedrals and castles. Though not known for its diving internationally, Central Germany is packed full of interesting, varied, and historically important dive sites. Whether you are a novice whose “baptism dive” occurs in the beautiful shallows, or veteran probing the depths of flooded underground tunnels carved from former gypsum mines by slave labor, there is something for every diver. Our advice is to ditch the museums, cathedrals and castles, and head straight to Central Germany’s many dive sites to enjoy underwater life, incredibly clear waters and an exciting underwater topography that will keep even the most experienced divers entertained.

Dive Sites in Central

Featured places to go in Central Germany

Tauchsee Horka

Tauchsee Horka, is situated in an old quarry with unusually high visibility, and a maximum depth of 33m.

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Kulkwitzer See

Kulkwitzer See is considered by some to be one of the most interesting dive sites in Southern Germany.

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Cospudener See

cospudener See is an artificial lake located on the site of a former open cast mine and popular among locals for swimming, diving and sailing.

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Schladitzer See

Lake Schladitz, or Schladitzer See in German, is an artificial lake, originally an opencast mining hole.

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Biggesee

Nestled between the rural undulating lands of Central and West Germany, the reservoir presents clean waters, unusually sandy shores, and a large campsite.

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Sorpesee

Sorpesee is known as a rather deep reservoir and is suitable for both beginners and advanced divers.

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Blausteinsee

Blausteinsee is an artificial lake and a popular leisure and recreation area for both beginners and advanced divers.

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Messinghausen

Messinghausen, also known as See In Berg, or “Lake in the Mountain, is a mass of water for divers of all levels.

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Bösinghovener See

The Bösinghovener See is a freshwater lake located in Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf which used to be a former gravel mine.

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Geiseltalsee

Geiseltalsee is a former mining quarry and actually the largest artificial lake in Germany.

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Aquatic Life in Central Germany

Like Southern Germany, if you are interested in underwater flora and fauna, Central Germany should keep you entertained for days. From fish diving, to underwater photography, depending on the area of course, there is much to see here. With a multitude of species of fish on offer, including carps, pike-perch, barbel, catfish, sturgeon, tench, char, carp, salmon, trout, perch, bream, grayling, eel, and coregonus, Central Germany’s marine diversity will keep even the most experienced of fish divers happy. Divers interested in German history, especially WWII, will savour the water locked underground factories, carved into a complex of massive hollow caves in the Harz Mountains.