Lusatian Highlands

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Lusatian Highlands
Vlci hora.jpg
Vlčí hora (Wolfsberg) near Rumburk
Highest point
Peak Hrazený (Pirsken)
Elevation 608 m (1,995 ft)
Divisions of the Sudetes
Countries Germany and Czech Republic
States Saxony and Bohemia
Parent range Western Sudetes
Type of rock Granite

The Lusatian Highlands[1][2] (German: Lausitzer Bergland, Czech: Šluknovská pahorkatina, Upper Sorbian: Łužiske hory) form a hilly and low mountainous region in Germany and the Czech Republic. A western extension of the Sudetes range, it is located on the border of the German state of Saxony with the Czech Bohemian region. It is one of the eight natural landscapes of Upper Lusatia.[2]

The Lusatian Highlands is named after the historic region of Upper Lusatia, while the southern Czech portion is also known as the Šluknov Hook. It is situated between the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in the west and the somewhat higher Lusatian Mountains and the Zittau Mountains in the east. The source of the river Spree, which runs through the centre of Berlin, is located near the small town of Ebersbach.

The Lusatian Highlands is a famous tourist region shown in several movies. It is known for the beauty of its landscape and its picturesque towns with Baroque churches and wooden houses. Popular tourist towns in the region are Schirgiswalde, also known as the capital of carnival in Upper Lusatia, Šluknov with its famous arboretum, and Rumburk with medieval old town centre. Other notable towns include Ebersbach, Großschönau, Neukirch/Lausitz, Sohland an der Spree and Kirschau.

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In the Lusatian Highlands with a view of Sohland an der Spree


  1. ^ Kohl, Horst; Marcinek, Joachim and Nitz, Bernhard (1986). Geography of the German Democratic Republic, VEB Hermann Haack, Gotha, p. 7 ff. ISBN 978-3-7301-0522-1.
  2. ^ a b Upper Lusatia at Accessed on 10 July 2011.

Coordinates: 51°04′30″N 14°16′42″E / 51.07500°N 14.27833°E / 51.07500; 14.27833