Königsbrück (Upper Sorbian: Kinspork, English: Kingsbridge) is a town in the Bautzen district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Kamenz, and 27 km (17 mi) northeast of the Saxon capital Dresden. Königsbrück is known as the western gate of the historic Upper Lusatia region.

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Coat of arms of Königsbrück
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Location of Königsbrück within Bautzen district
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Königsbrück is located in Germany
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Königsbrück is located in Saxony
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Coordinates: 51°15′N 13°53′E / 51.250°N 13.883°E / 51.250; 13.883Coordinates: 51°15′N 13°53′E / 51.250°N 13.883°E / 51.250; 13.883
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictBautzen
Municipal assoc.Königsbrück
Subdivisions3
Government
 • MayorHeiko Driesnack (CDU)
Area
 • Total77.83 km2 (30.05 sq mi)
Elevation
175 m (574 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total4,486
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
01936
Dialling codes035795
Vehicle registrationBZ
Websitewww.koenigsbrueck.de

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HistoryEdit

 
Town hall

First mentioned in 1248 the settlement arose around a fortress in the Bohemian crown land of Upper Lusatia where the Via Regia trade route crossed the border with the Margraviate of Meissen. First mentioned as a town in 1331, Königsbrück from 1562 was the administrative centre of a Bohemian state country (Freie Standesherrschaft), which passed under the suzerainty of the Saxon Electorate according to the 1635 Peace of Prague. In 1906 the Kingdom of Saxony had large proving grounds laid out for the XII (1st Royal Saxon) Corps stationed at Dresden, that after World War II were used by the Soviet Army and finally closed in 1992.

TransportEdit

Königsbrück railway station is located south of the town centre. There are hourly passenger services to Ottendorf-Okrilla and Dresden.

Notable peopleEdit

 
Georg Bartisch (1583)

ReferencesEdit

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