Elstra (Sorbian: Halštrow) is a town in the district of Bautzen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Schwarze Elster, 6 kilometres southeast of Kamenz, and 34 kilometres northeast of Dresden. The name "Elstra" is caused by the river Schwarze Elster, which rises in the district Kindisch.

Elstra
Coat of arms of Elstra
Coat of arms
Location of Elstra within Bautzen district
Elstra in BZ.svg
Elstra is located in Germany
Elstra
Elstra
Elstra is located in Saxony
Elstra
Elstra
Coordinates: 51°13′15″N 14°7′51″E / 51.22083°N 14.13083°E / 51.22083; 14.13083Coordinates: 51°13′15″N 14°7′51″E / 51.22083°N 14.13083°E / 51.22083; 14.13083
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictBautzen
Subdivisions13
Government
 • MayorFrank Wachholz (Runder Tisch Elstra)
Area
 • Total32.65 km2 (12.61 sq mi)
Elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,729
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
01920
Dialling codes035793
Vehicle registrationBZ, BIW, HY, KM
Websitewww.elstra.de

The city has only about 2000 citizens and is one of the smallest cities in Germany. The whole municipality has 2807 citizens (in 2016).[2]

Due to the town name's similarity to the word "Elster" (German for magpie), magpies are often used in the twn's self-identity.

PersonalitiesEdit

 
Elstra town hall, Saxony

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus" (PDF).