The White Elster or Weisse Elster (German: Weiße Elster, Czech: Bílý Halštrov) is a 257 kilometres (160 mi) long river in central Europe, right tributary of the Saale. Its source is in the westernmost part of the Czech Republic, near Aš. After a few kilometres, it flows into eastern Germany. In Germany, it flows through the states of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.
Meaning of the name 
Although "Elster" is German for "magpie", the origin of the name has nothing to do with the bird. It is of Slavic origin: alstrawa = hurrying. The White Elster never meets the Black Elster, which flows from Lusatia into the River Elbe. The rivers have the names "white" and "black" to distinguish between them.
The White Elster flows through the cities of Plauen, Greiz, Gera, Zeitz, Pegau and Leipzig. It flows into the river Saale in Halle.
In the history of the Napoleonic Wars, the river is notable as the place where Józef Antoni Poniatowski died in 1813.
The White Elster proved very disastrous to the French troops when they retreated from Leipzig in October 1813.
Source of the White Elster in the westernmost part of the Czech Republic, near Aš.
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