Zittau Mountains

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The Zittau Mountains (German: Zittauer Gebirge), formerly also called the Lusatian Ridge (Lausitzer Kamm, Czech. Žitavské hory), refer to the German part of the Lusatian Mountains that straddle the Saxon-Bohemian border in the extreme southeast of the German state of Saxony.



The Zittau Mountains lie in the extreme south of the district of Görlitz in Saxony. A few kilometres north of the range lie a number of settlements; from west to east they are Großschönau, Hainewalde, Olbersdorf, Bertsdorf-Hörnitz and Zittau. In the mountains themselves are, again from west to east, the settlements of Waltersdorf, Oybin, Jonsdorf and Lückendorf . The highlands are drained by streams that flow roughly north into the Mandau, a western tributary of the Lusatian Neisse.


Among the highest mountains in the range are the following (in order of height in m above NN: Lausche (Luž; 792.6 m), German-Czech border mountain, south of Waltersdorf Hochwald (Hvozd; 749.5 m), German-Czech border mountain, south-southwest of Oybin Jonsberg (652.9 m), east-southeast of Jonsdorf Buchberg (651.6 m), west of Jonsdorf Scharfenstein (569.4 m), east of Oybin, north-northwest of Lückendorf Breiteberg (510.1 m), east of Großschönau, south of Hainewalde Oybin (514.5 m), north of Oybin Töpfer (582.0 m), northeast of Oybin, south of Olbersdorf

Places of interest

Oybin mountain with castle and monastery ruins Mühlsteinbrüche, rock formations in Jonsdorf Große Felsengasse ("Great Rock Alley") Töpfer mountain Lausche (792.6m), the highest summit in the Zittau Mountains Breiteberg Scharfenstein Orgel (organ) - a rock formation in the Jonsdorfer Felsenstadt Kelchstein ("Chalice Rock") a mushroom rock formation Nonnenfelsen ("Nun's Rock") near Jonsdorf Zittau Narrow Gauge Railway Lusatian timber-frame farmhouses (Umgebindehäuser), especially in Waltersdorf, Jonsdorf and Bertsdorf
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