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The joy of knowledge

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The joy of knowledge

The joy of knowledge

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Let yourself be drawn into the world of science of Nobel Prize winners and great researchers from Upper Lusatia.

Upper Lusatia can be experienced like an open book of eventful European history. Let yourself be drawn into the world of science, Upper Lusatian Nobel Prize winners and great researchers.

Discover the life's work of Lessing, Böhme, Scultetus or Prince von Pückler-Muskau and experience exciting chapters of European history in inspiring places. There is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the cultural treasures of Upper Lusatia!
Discover the fascinating cultural treasures of Upper Lusatia.

Upper Lusatia can be experienced like an open book of eventful European history.

Architectural gems or captivating places of knowledge, unique sacred sites and historically evolved craft traditions - from an icon of classical modernism to a world heritage landscape, Upper Lusatia is full of cultural highlights and unforgettable impressions.

Discover the fascinating cultural treasures of Upper Lusatia.

Upper Lusatian culture never goes on vacation

From top-class open-air concerts and events in summer to unique Sorbian traditions and Easter festivities to the atmospheric Christmas markets in Görlitz and Bautzen, Upper Lusatian culture never makes a vacation

- but makes yours a special experience - at any time of year!

Lessing's life's work

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) is one of the pioneers of German national theater. There are around 1,000 translations of his works in 40 languages. "Nathan the Wise", "Minna von Barnhelm" and "Emilia Galotti" are among the most frequently performed stage classics. Lessing's fables are still popular with young and old alike and the ideals of the controversial Enlightenment philosopher are a current topic in schools and universities.
As Lessing's birthplace had been destroyed in a fire, the citizens of Kamenz built a new representative building and opened the museum for their great son in 1931.
 

Lessing Museum Kamenz

Collection of science and research

The Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences is one of the most important public collection and information centers between Dresden and Wroclaw. With its holdings, it supports science and research in particular. As a scientific regional library at the intersection of German and Polish historical research, the library collects the knowledge of past times and the treasure of the unifying cultural heritage. 

Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences

Monument to the industry

Open-cast mining and Lusatia - the two are inextricably linked. In the Knappenrode energy factory, you can find out just how important the treasures from the earth were and still are.
The grounds and buildings of the industrial museum used to house the Werminghoff briquette factory. Today you will find a modern exhibition that takes you on a journey through time.

Knappenrode energy factory

Surprisingly diverse

Unique in Germany - important for Europe: these are the two Zittau Lenten cloths. Created in 1472, the large Lenten cloth in the Church of the Holy Cross tells stories from the Bible in 90 pictures. The Small Lenten Veil from 1573 in the Franciscan Monastery Museum depicts the crucifixion of Christ in large format. In the former monastery, you can wander through medieval chambers such as the church and cloister. An extension from the 17th century houses the former council library with a  collection of rarities that has grown over the centuries in a baroque chamber of art and curiosities. The monastery church houses the unique epitaph treasure, a collection of memorial tablets from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Zittau municipal museums

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