Lusatian Mountains

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Lusatian Mountains
Vrchol Luže v zimě.jpg
Cross-country skiing route along the Lusatian
Mountains' main ridge. The background peak is
Mt. Luž (Lausche).
Highest point
Peak Luž (Lausche)
Elevation 793 m (2,602 ft)
Coordinates 50°50′56″N 14°38′49″E / 50.84889°N 14.64694°E / 50.84889; 14.64694Coordinates: 50°50′56″N 14°38′49″E / 50.84889°N 14.64694°E / 50.84889; 14.64694
Krkonosska oblast.svg
Western Sudetes with Lusatian Mountains (5)
Countries Germany and Czech Republic
States Saxony and Bohemia
Parent range Western Sudetes
Type of rock Sandstone and Granite

The Lusatian Mountains[1] (Czech: Lužické hory; German: Lausitzer Gebirge) are a mountain range of the Western Sudetes on the southeastern border of Germany with the Czech Republic. They are a continuation of the Ore Mountains range west of the Elbe valley. The mountains of the northern, German, part are called the Zittau Mountains.


Mt. Lausche from the north

The range is among the westernmost extensions of the Sudetes, which stretch along the border between the historic region of Silesia in the north and Bohemia and Moravia in the south up to the Moravian Gate in the east, where they join the Carpathian Mountains. The northwestern foothills of the Lusatian Mountains are called Lusatian Highlands; in the southwest the range borders on the České Středohoří mountains.

The range is largely made up of sandstone sedimentary rocks leaning on a Precambrian crystalline basement. The northern ridge is marked by the Lusatian Fault, a geological disturbance zone separating the Bohemian sandstones from the Lusatian granodiorite. During the Tertiary volcanic magma streams broke through the sandstone layer and solidified into basalt and phonolite. Several sandstone contact areas were also hardened to columns and distinct rock formations.

Both the German (Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge) and the Czech (ChKO Lužické hory) parts nowadays are protected areas according to IUCN guidelines.

Notable mountains[edit]

Pěnkavčí vrch
View of Klíč in winter

The highest peak is Lausche (Luž) 793 m. Other notable peaks include Pěnkavčí vrch 792 m, Jedlová 774 m, Klíč 760 m, Hvozd 750 m and Studenec 736 m.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lusatian Mountains at (accessed 29 Apr 2011).

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