The Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis (English: district of Lower Silesian Upper Lusatia) is the easternmost Kreis (district) of the Free State of Saxony and Germany. The urban district Görlitz is in the east, at the boundary to Poland. In July 2008 Görlitz will stop being an independent city, and become part of the districts of Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis and Löbau-Zittau
The district was not part of Saxony before World War II. It was a part of German Silesia. When most of Silesia was givento Poland after the war, the part of Silesia on the west bank of the Rive Neisse was made part of Saxony.
The Niederschlesischer Oberlausitz district was formed in 1994 by joining the previous districts Niesky and Weißwasser, and most part of the district Görlitz.
The district is twinned with
Coat of arms
||The stone wall in the bottom of the coat of arms is the symbol of the Oberlausitz region, with its three tops symbolizing the three districts which were merged together. The linden leaves symbolize the Sorbs slavic minority. The shield above the wall is the old coat of arms of the Prussian province Lower Silesia (Niederschlesien).
Towns and municipalities