The region has done much to promote quality of life: investments in infrastructure and restoration of historical city centres such as those in Bautzen, Görlitz, Lübbenau/Spreewald, Senftenberg and Hoyerswerda. Hospitals, swimming pools and vocational training centres have been rebuilt. A diverse theatre landscape and numerous museums characterise the region’s culture. And if you ever want to spend some time in the big city, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin are only an hour’s drive away. When it comes to balancing family and work life, Lusatia offers very good opportunities: the provision of all-day childcare is higher than the German average at 95.5% of children under five. And for primary school children, sufficient after-school care places are available.
Inexpensive cost of living
Lusatia is considered one of Germany’s most appealing regions in terms of its cost of living.
Housing rents and real estate prices are inexpensive, although investment in the building, maintenance and modernisation of flats has risen continuously in recent years.
The average net basic rent was below 5 euros per square metre in 2016.
Leisure, tradition and culture
If climbing, hiking or winter sports are more your thing, the Zittau Mountains have everything you need: the mountains at the German-Czech border rise up to 792 metres high.
There is a dense network of paths with many vantage points over both sides of the border.
The Sorbs have deep roots in Lusatia. This ethnic group has lived in the region since the sixth century, with a diverse history.
Very many Sorbs keep their traditional customs and culture alive to this day.
In the Lusatian Lake District you can experience a transformation in the landscape that could hardly be more spectacular. Situated between Berlin and Dresden sits Europe’s largest artificial water area with more than 20 lakes connected with navigable canals. Marinas, hotels, holiday parks and floating holiday homes make this a perfect holiday region.
Vast forests, orchards and vivid purple heather are typical of the nature in this region by the Schwarze Elster river, which represents a special part of Brandenburg’s cultural history in the historical border area between Prussia and Saxony. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the Cistercian monks or take in the scenery on a cycling tour. The “horizontal Eiffel Tower”, the F60 tourist mine, is probably the most well-known example of the region’s past industrial culture.
And you can explore the industrial culture on the Lusatia Energy Route – or by bike on the Lower Lusatia Mining Tour, as the flat landscape has one of the most dense cycle path networks in Brandenburg.
From mining to sailing: since the mid-19th century, mining and coal production have characterised Lusatia and given the region an industrial face. Where gigantic excavators once dug through the earth, holiday-makers now set sail on the lake, or go fishing, swimming or surfing.
To the north of Görlitz, the Neisse river flows through perhaps one of the finest countryside parks on the continent – Fürst-Pückler-Park in Bad Muskau, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004. Its creator, the famous landscape architect, nobleman and travel writer Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, was inspired by the idyllic valley landscape and created gardens of considerable proportions here between 1815 and 1845. As the largest English-style countryside park in Central Europe, the site can be explored by foot, carriage, bike or boat.
Bautzen is a town in Upper Lusatia and is over 1,000 years old. Seventeen towers, bastions and a town wall preserved along almost its entire length give it a medieval flair. With the “Alte Wasserkunst” waterworks, an ingenious pump station, the town by the Spree river has a well-known landmark. The Cathedral of St Peter is also something quite special. In eastern Germany’s only cross-denominational church, Catholics and Protestants have worshipped in a shared choir room and nave since 1542. You can learn about Sorbian traditions at the German-Sorbian Folk Theatre, Germany’s only bilingual theatre, and the many Easter customs such as the artistic painting of Easter eggs.
Görlitz is considered a unique architectural monument. The historical city centre showcases roughly 4,000 monuments: façades from the late 1800s and the art nouveau period, the aisled houses of the medieval weaver’s guild, a whispering archway, fortifications open to the public, the only department store preserved in the style of early German architecture, which has become well-known thanks to the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. As many Hollywood directors have found Görlitz to be a perfect filming location, the city is also referred to as “Görliwood”. The filming locations can be visited on guided tours.
With the “Heiliges Grab”, Görlitz has an exact replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Sonnenorgel [“sun organ”] at the Sts Peter and Paul Church is a work of genius. If you would like to try Silesian cuisine, simply pay a visit to a traditional pub.