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Main promenade in Pieńsk
Main promenade in Pieńsk
Flag of Pieńsk
Coat of arms of Pieńsk
Coat of arms
Pieńsk is located in Poland
Coordinates: 51°14′47″N 15°2′46″E / 51.24639°N 15.04611°E / 51.24639; 15.04611
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Zgorzelec
Gmina Pieńsk
 • Mayor Tadeusz Łowicki
 • Total 9.92 km2 (3.83 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 6,036
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 59-930
Car plates DZG
Climate Cfb
Website http://www.piensk.com.pl

Pieńsk [pʲɛɲsk] (German: Penzig) is a town in Zgorzelec County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is the seat of the administrative district (gmina) called Gmina Pieńsk, and stands on the east bank of the Lusatian Neisse river, which forms the border between Poland and Germany. (For more information about the history of the region, see Upper Lusatia.)

The town lies approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) north of Zgorzelec, and 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of the regional capital Wrocław. As of 2006, it has a population of 5,799.


Saint Francis of Assisi church

The Upper Lusatian lords of Penzig, the Herren von Penzig, are first recorded in 1241. Besides Penzig in Upper Lusatia the family held a number of other towns and territories on both banks of the Neiße river. In 1491 the city of Görlitz purchased the Penziger Heide (parts of the territory of Penzig) and combined it as Görlitzer Heide with its own communal territory.

In 1945 the Oder-Neiße line became the dividing line between Germany and Poland, leaving Penzig, now Piensk, in Poland.

At present the historical Lusatian territory of Piensk is administered by the Lower Silesian Voivodeship.

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Coordinates: 51°14′47″N 15°02′46″E / 51.24639°N 15.04611°E / 51.24639; 15.04611