Zittau Mountains

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.

Zittau Mountains
(Zittauer Gebirge)
View over Waltersdorf to the Lausche
Highest point
Elevation792.6 m above NN
StateGörlitz, Saxony,  Germany
Range coordinates50°50′56″N 14°38′49″E
Parent rangeLusatian Mountains (cross-border range) and the overarching Saxon Highlands and Uplands (GE)



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:[1]

  • 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 m), northeast of Oybin, south of Olbersdorf

Places of interest

See also


  1. Map services Archived December 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine of the BfN

General sources


  • Peter Rölke (Hrsg.): Wander- & Naturführer Zittauer Gebirge, Berg- & Naturverlag Rölke, Dresden 2006, ISBN 3-934514-17-0
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