Wilthen (Upper Sorbian Wjelećin) is a town in the district of Bautzen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is near the border with Bohemia, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south of Bautzen and 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Dresden.
Nearby communities are Obergurig, Großpostwitz, Kirschau, Schirgiswalde, Steinigtwolmsdorf. Wilthen today consists out of a central settlement and some smaller villages. The parts of the community are named Sora, Ingersdorf and Tautewalde. The place is well known in Germany because of its biggest employer, an alcohol-producing company.
Wilthen arose out of an old Sorbian village that was mentioned first in 1222. In 1669 the village received the status of a town and marketplace. It still was regarded to as a village because only a few markets are located there each year. Three hundred years later, it became a town again. Since 1972, Wilthen has been an official place of recovery (Erholungsort).
Horst Hönig: 1974–1987
Gabriele Parakeninks: 1988–1990
Bernd Wucke: May 1990–January 1991
Manfred Melior (CDU): Januar 1991–August 1991
Knut Vetter (FDP): 1991–2008
Michael Herfort (CDU): since August 2008
Culture, sights and tourism
The town is situated in the "Lausitzer Bergland", a hillregion between Saxon Switzerland and the Zittauer Gebirge in the Lusatian Mountains. Wilthen offers many possibilities of touring like many look outs upon the hilltops and nearby restaurants. Another touring-route leads through the small pond-district.
Some remains of the old rural culture and weaving tradition of the region can be found in a small camber of home "Heimatstube". With a group of more than ten people it is also possible to get into the distillery "Wilthener Weinbrennerei", founded in 1843 and since 1992 owned by the company Hardenberg-Wilthen. Few of the old houses of the town has been preserved like some old craftsmen-houses.
At the beginning of the 19th century the town started to become a well known place of textile industry, machine building, plastic production and alcohol production. Important enterprises today are: The distillery Wilthener Weinbrennerei (Hardenberg-Wilthen AG), KEW Kunststofferzeugnisse GmbH Wilthen, Lakowa GmbH Kunststoffbe- und verarbeitung, VTN Härterei Wilthen GmbH, SLM GmbH and Schumann Kies- und Hartsteinwerke.