The Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) is a rural district (Landkreis) in the south of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It borders the Czech Republic. Vehicles registered in the district have PIR, for the city of Pirna. This is because the districts own abbreviation would be SS, and this is not used because it is the same as the Nazi SS, the Schutzstaffel
The district was created in 1994 when the two districts Sebnitz and Pirna were merged.
The district is named after the landscape - the Saxon Switzerland - as it is the most mountainous region of Saxony.
Coat of arms
||The coat of arms symbolises the geograpy of the district. The two green areas stand for the forests in the two mountain areas, the white wavy line in the middle symbolizes the river Elbe. The coat of arms was created by Horst Torke of Pirna.
Towns and municipalities
ro:Districtul Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge