Großschönau, Saxony

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Coat of arms of Großschönau
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Großschönau  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°53′47″N 14°39′44″E / 50.89639°N 14.66222°E / 50.89639; 14.66222Coordinates: 50°53′47″N 14°39′44″E / 50.89639°N 14.66222°E / 50.89639; 14.66222
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Görlitz
Municipal assoc. Großschönau-Waltersdorf
 • Total 23.87 km2 (9.22 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,589
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 02779
Dialling codes 035841
Vehicle registration GR

Großschönau (Upper Sorbian: Wulki Šunow, Czech: Velký Šenov) is a municipality in the district Görlitz, in Saxony, Germany located in the Cross-border region with the Czech Republic. It used to be a famous Upper Lusatian center of Damask fabric production until the end of the 1980s. Since then it has turned into an area of tourism.

In Großschönau is the historical sylvan lido Trixi Park, a spa which was expanded with indoor swimming pools, a sauna, camping ground and holiday flats. The town is a child-friendly starting point for wanderers and cyclists alike who want to explore both sides of the Czech-German border area with its relatively attractive price level. Mount Lausche (793 m) is situated in the community of Waltersdorf and marks the highest peak of the Lusatian Mountains.


A road connects German Großschönau with its Czech neighboring city of Varnsdorf. The railway station of Grossschönau offers tri-national connections to Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany as the existing track runs through all three countries of the Euroregion. As all countries are members of the Schengen Area, all border checkpoints have been eliminated.

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