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Hoyerswerda

Hoyerswerda

Hoyerswerda (in Lausitz: Wojerecy) lies in the centre of bicultural and bilingual Lausitz region, which has been inhabited by two nations Germans and Lausitz Serbs for ages. The city was first mentioned in 1268 and has had urban rights since 1423. Situated about 40 km south of Cottbus and 60 km south-east of Dresden, Hoyerswerda is one of six centres of Sachsen Region and is a part of Euroregion “Nysa”. It is a lignite mine centre. The city has over 44 thousand inhabitants but during last years many people moved away to western part of the country.

 

This region is very attractive for tourists because of many lakes, situated nearby the city. They are perfect for sailing, surfing, fishing, hiking and cycling.

 

The most interesting part of Hoyerswerda is the Old Town with beautiful Market Place and Renaissance tenements with some Baroque elements. There is also Town Hall and a castle from XIII century, where exhibitions and concerts are often organized. Nearby the castle there is a ZOO, a well know for research made here. The Mine Museum is also worth attention here.

 

Every year cultural events are organised here: the Days of Music, the Summer Garden Events in the Zoo, the Autumn Fountain Festival (organized aroud a historical fountain from 1730), the Christmas Bazaar.

 

Konrad Zuse is the patron of Hoyersweda. He invented the first computer and is a honorary citizen of Hoyerswerda, where he attended high school and in 1927 passed his high school final exam. In the city there is a museum of technology dedicated to him.

 

The biggest school in Hoyerswerda is the Leon Foucault High School, where sport and arts are taught with very important.

 



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