The observation tower on the Trageser Hochhalde rises 33 m into the sky. After a construction period of only 3 months, it was opened on 9 February 2002. The tower was funded by state grants from the Free State of Saxony for the remediation of former lignite mining sites. However, its construction would not have been possible without the assistance of the Mitteldeutsche Strasse der Braunkohle e.V., the Gemeinde Espenhain, the Lausitzer Mitteldeutschen Bergbauverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG), the Steinbau Ehrenfriedersdorf and other regional stakeholders.
The observation tower sits at 228 m above sea level and its 160 steps lead up to a viewing platform another 30 m above that. But take care – you climb the tower at your own risk! Those making the ascent can enjoy unrestricted 360-degree views of the emerging New Lakeland area. An information board on the top platform points out prominent features and points of interest in the surrounding landscape.
The Halde Trages itself came into being 60 years ago, on the remains of the slag heap from the Espenhain open-cast mine. The 70-m-high and 2-km-long heap is situated between Espenhain, Mölbis, Trages and Thierbach. The "hill" is characterised by eroded gullies on its western side and ecologically valuable habitats in its woodlands. A 10-km circular hiking trail provides the ideal environment for nature lovers and walking enthusiasts. Various information boards inform nature lovers about the variety of flora and fauna on the former slag heap.
- Height: 33 m
- Steps: 160
- Material: galvanised steel construction