Upper Lusatia is at the spot where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet, set at the heart of Europe, close by the metropolises of Berlin, Prague, Wrocław and Dresden. The holiday region offers visitors some unique highlights for day trips and holidays:
Görlitz / Zgorzelec – “the real heart of Europe” – is a city of special European significance, a unique city of culture where tourists are greeted with impressive architecture. A splendid, uninterrupted array of late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Jugendstil buildings hold visitors in their spell.
Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, a famous landscape gardener, created a world-famous landscaped park in Muskau which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The river Neisse connects the Polish and German sides of the park, which was laid out as a whole, cohesive work of art almost 200 years ago.
Upper Lusatia stands out for its varied cultural roots: Bohemian, Silesian, Saxon and Sorbian. The Sorbs, a people endlessly rich in traditions, have a great influence on Lusatia and are a symbol of living traditions and hospitality.
The traditional ‘Umgebindehaus’ timber-framed houses are typical of Upper Lusatia. They were once homes and workplaces, especially for the traditional craft of linen weaving, and the nearly 20,000 prized examples of the craft which remain are still part of the lives and work of the people here in this border region.
On the border with Brandenburg, another sight is the Lusatian lake district, the largest man-made lake and leisure region in Europe.
Fuerst Pueckler Park, Bad Muskau
Girls in Sorbian costume
Umgebindehaus – combination half-timbered / block house