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Upper Lusatia

In the eastern part of Saxony, you’ll find a hidden region full of surprises and unique traditions, a lot of them closely related to the Sorbs, a Slavic-speaking ethnic minority living here. Görlitz, Germany’s easternmost city, is the star of Upper Lusatia. Its jaw-dropping architecture from late Gothic to Art Nouveau even caught the eye of Hollywood producers as the perfect backdrop for filming anything from “The Reader” to “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Stepping outside town, the Lusation Lakeland is a model regeneration project which has turned a former mining area into a holiday destination with numerous lakes and lots of options for fun by and on the water. Take your pick which side of the region suits your taste best!

Things to do when visiting Upper Lusatia

  • Explore the town of Zittau with its delightful old town. The Italian-style town hall and the church of St. Johannis are just two of the many buildings worth seeing. The town is also home to important artifacts from the Middle Ages: The Zittau Lenten Cloths – or Fastentücher in German – are religious treasures and genuine works of art not to be missed!

  • Visit Rammenau’s baroque palace for its sophisticated interior design and beautiful gardens.

  • The Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaftis a UNESCO biosphere reserve and unique landscape of heathland and ponds, best discovered on foot or by bike. Try the nature discovery trails!

  • Muskau Park is a must for garden lovers. A UNESCO World Heritage since 2004, it was designed in the 19th century as a classic English landscape garden. Don’t miss the view from the tower of the palace on the grounds of the park.

  • Kamenz is the birthplace of the famous German writer and representative of the Enlightenment, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. The town’s Lessing museum provides insights into his childhood in the 18th century, his work and life.


  • For all you steam train buffs out there: Hop on the historic steam railway (since 1890) from Zittau to Oybin and enjoy a scenic trip through the Zittau Mountains.

Special tip:

camping in the Lusatian Lakeland

Camping is more popular than ever. In the Lusation Lakeland, you can choose “your style”, be it a simple hut or 5-star glamping. There are also great sites for camper vans or caravans, many of them directly on the lake.

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