Upper Lusatia

Travel Guide
Bautzen featuring street scenes

Learn about the rich history of this vast region of medieval towns and mountains beside the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic.

Towns and quaint villages with historical quarters occupy the hilly terrain of Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz). It is a large region comprising of many churches, majestic town halls and parks alongside thermal spas and historic castles.

Bautzen is the historic capital of Upper Lusatia and contains many of the region’s most intriguing treasures. Wander through the old town center to see the great range of architecture. Admire the yellow façade and tall clock tower of the Bautzen Rathaus. Learn about the city’s dark past in the Bautzen Memorial, which commemorates the victims of a former Stasi prison.

The region’s largest city, Goerlitz, lies directly east of Bautzen on the Polish border. The city contains the Holy Grave, a replica of the small chapel of the same name in Jerusalem. Take advantage of sunny days with trips to the Görlitz Conservation Zoo and Görlitz Stadtpark. Bring the kids on the Görlitz Vintage Miniature Railway to ride through parkland in the city center.

Reach the northwestern part of the region for the relaxing havens of Körse Thermal Spa in Kirschau and Lausitzbad Spa in Hoyerswerda. The latter town also contains Hoyerswerda Zoo and Hoyerswerda Castle Museum.

Upper Lusatia’s countryside is rich with picturesque rock formations and sweeping meadows. Travel south to Zittau to find the Zittau Mountains, which continue across the border into the Czech Republic. The highest peak is Lausche, which has a small ski resort.

Try the region’s traditional cuisine, such as stopperle dumplings and teichelmauke, a local rendition of beef and mashed potatoes. The climate varies depending on elevation and location in this large region. In general, expect cold, snowy winters and fairly wet weather year-round.

Most of this region belongs to the German state of Saxony. Fly to Dresden Airport, just outside the western limits of the historical area. Villages and towns are easily accessible using the railway.

Discover Germany’s mountainous scenery and splendid architecture in the vast region of Upper Lusatia.

Where to stay in Upper Lusatia

Best Western Hotel Via Regia
Best Western Hotel Via Regia
4 out of 5
Jauernicker Straße 15/16, Goerlitz
The price is CA $101 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in the heart of Goerlitz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Goerlitz Conservation Zoo, Frauenkirche, and Gerhart Hauptmann-Theater Goerlitz. Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (129 reviews)
Great stay with dog + nice breakfast
"Great place to stay on out drive through Germany. Very accommodating, especially when travelling with a dog, and excellent breakfast buffet!"

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2021

Best Western Hotel Via Regia
VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
3.5 out of 5
Konsulstraße 1, Goerlitz
The price is CA $107 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Situated in Goerlitz, this aparthotel is steps from Frauenkirche and Kaufhaus Görlitz. Museum of Natural History Goerlitz and Anne Chapel are also within 10 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Superb!
"The apartment is spacious, spotless, comfortable and beautifully furnished. Check in was effortless and the host super friendly and accommodating. It was a business trip but I had a relaxing time in a beautiful town of Goerlitz staying in this fantastic place! Everything was superb about the apartment! ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
Best Western Plus Hotel Bautzen
Best Western Plus Hotel Bautzen
4 out of 5
Wendischer Graben 20, Bautzen, Saxony
The price is CA $120 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in the heart of Bautzen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bautzen Rathaus, Sorb Museum, and Old Waterworks. Bautzen Memorial and Bautzen Reservoir ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (54 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. Great location in town."

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel Bautzen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
3.5 out of 5
Konsulstraße 1, Goerlitz
The price is CA $107 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Situated in Goerlitz, this aparthotel is steps from Frauenkirche and Kaufhaus Görlitz. Museum of Natural History Goerlitz and Anne Chapel are also within 10 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Superb!
"The apartment is spacious, spotless, comfortable and beautifully furnished. Check in was effortless and the host super friendly and accommodating. It was a business trip but I had a relaxing time in a beautiful town of Goerlitz staying in this fantastic place! Everything was superb about the apartment! ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

VIAs Appartements und Ferienwohnungen
Feriendorf Finnhütte
Feriendorf Finnhütte
2.5 out of 5
Zum Quitzdorfer See 6, Niesky, Oberlausitz
The price is CA $111 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Nestled on the beach, this Niesky cottage is within 16 mi (25 km) of Weissenberg Rathaus, Schloss Krobnitz, and Wasserschloss Wurschen. Lusatian Lake District ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"Wer Urlaub in der Natur machen will, ist hier genau richtig, und braucht auch keinen unnötigen Luxus. Für einen Bungalow ist die Ausstattung perfekt und lässt fast keine wünsche offen. Nur für 6 Personen ist die küche etwas klein, aber ist machbar. Ich komme immer wieder gerne dort hin"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Feriendorf Finnhütte
Gutshof am Wasserschloss Döbschütz, located between Görlitz and Bautzen
Gutshof am Wasserschloss Döbschütz, located between Görlitz and Bautzen
Vierkirchen, Saxony
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Schloss Krobnitz and within 12 mi (20 km) of Weissenberg Rathaus and Wasserschloss ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Sehr zu empfehlen
"Wunderschöne, saubere Ferienwohnung, germ wieder."

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

Gutshof am Wasserschloss Döbschütz, located between Görlitz and Bautzen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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