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Löbau – Town at the foot of the mountain

The name of this little town already shows the impression Löbau gives visitors: The Slavic word »lubij« means »the lovely one«. ... In 1221, Löbau was mentioned for the first time by documentary evidence. Its historical town centre around the Altmarkt (Old Market) with its neat buildings and an imposing town hall testifies still today of a changeful past. Löbau was, above all, historically significant as a Convention place of the Upper Lusatian Six Towns League. In the Handwerker- und Sechsstädtebundmuseum (Craftsmen and Six Towns League Museum) of Löbau, the original cup of the league can be admired. Directly in front of the town, the Löbauer Berg ( Löbau Mountain) invites to relaxation in nature. On is peak, Löbau’s landmark, the »König-Friedrich-August-Turm« (»King-Friedrich-August-Tower«) is enthroned.

Town hall

Town hall (Source: Rainer Kitte)

Löbau – Architectural valuables

Löbau has two worldwide unique architectonic particularities. The »König-Friedrich-August-Turm« (»King-Friedrich-August-Tower«) is the only cast-iron lookout tower constructed in plugging technology. It is not only evidence of perfected iron casting art in terms of craftsmanship, but also of the civic involvement of a Löbau master baker who realised the undertaking in 1854. It enables the visitors to have a beautiful panoramic sight of whole Upper Lusatia. – A jewel of the architectonic modern age is to be found at the Kirschallee (Cherry-Avenue). The Haus Schminke (Schminke House) was built according to a draft of the famous Build house Hans Scharoun in 1930–33. Shapes, materials and architectural idea are still inspiring architects up to the present time.

Schminke House

Schminke House (Source: Rainer Kitte)


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Tourist Information Löbau (city information centre)
Altmarkt 1
02708 Löbau

Phone: +49 (3585) 450140
Fax: +49 (3585) 450141


Craftsmen and Six Towns League Museum of Löbau
History of the town and the Six Towns League, trade, art and popular art of Upper Lusatia
Johannisstraße 3–5

Phone: +49 (3585) 450 363

Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm

Schminke House Fondation
Art-historically unique residential building architecture in the style of the modern age designed by Hans Scharoun
Kirschallee 1b

Phone: + 49 (3585) 862133

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Arcade Courtyard Gallery
Run by the regional group Löbau of the Oberlausitzer Kunstverein (Upper Lusatian Art Club), monthly changing exhibitions
Rittergasse 10

Phone: +49 (3585) 402969

Tuesday / Thursday 4 pm – 7 pm, Wednesday 3 pm – 7 pm, Saturday/Sunday/bank holidays 3 pm – 5 pm

Building Wendy House of Löbau Collection of building blocks and toys of different materials and epochs
Hartmannstraße 4

Phone: +49 (3585) 468398


Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm or by arrangement

Historical Engine Shed
Run by the club »East-Saxon Friends of Trains«, registered association, historical railway vehicles, among others: two steam engines, diesel locomotives, railcars, carriages, dining and sleeping cars
Maschinenhausstraße 2

Phone: +49 (3585) 219600


Wednesday 9 am – 2 pm

Johanniskirche Civic Centre
Johannisplatz 6/8
02708 Löbau

Phone: +49 (3585) 450351


Cast-iron »King Friedrich August Tower«
On Löbau Mountain Access via Herwigsdorfer Strasse
Information through Tourist Information
Altmarkt 1
02708 Löbau

Phone: +49 (3585) 450140