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Schirgiswalde (Saxony)

Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.
Schirgiswalde is a town in the district of Bautzen, in eastern Saxony, Germany. It is located on the river Spree, 15 kilometers south of Bautzen. The small town is an official place of relaxation. Together with the villages of Crostau and Kirschau it is representing the administrative community of Schirgiswalde. Some smaller parts of the town are Neuschirgiswalde upon a hill and Petersbach. Its population is 3,051 with an area of 8.48 square kilometers. Its population density is 360 per kilometers with an elevation of 342 meters.
The village of Schirgiswalde first has been mentioned in a document from the year 1346. In the thirty years war most of the settlement was destroyed and most of its population died. To enforce the rebuilding and the economic reconstruction of the community the owner of Schirgiswalde made it a town in 1665. Later the small town became part of the land owned by the domstift in Bautzen where it belonged to the church. Until the midst of the 19th century it stayed under the regime and the right of the domstift. The municipal museum can be found near the main street and near the park of the town. It offers an overview over all typical handicrafts and some archaeological findings and documents concerning the history of the town.
Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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