|• Mayor||Marion Prange (Ind.)|
|• Total||23.39 km2 (9.03 sq mi)|
|Elevation||207 m (679 ft)|
|• Density||96/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
It was the scene of a small battle in the Seven Years' War, described in a contemporary journal as follows: On 31st December 1756 a picket of Prince Heinrich's Regiment under the command of Major Heinrich von Blumenthal, which had been sent out from Zittau to Ostritz, was attacked by 500 Croats who, notwithstanding their numerical superiority were thoroughly beaten off. The Croats got right into the town and set fire to some houses, but the fires were put out. The most serious loss on the Prussian side was the brave Major von Blumenthal, who fell right at the beginning of the action.
In recent years, the town has become known for its efforts in recycling and ecological renewable energy.
The "Shield and Sword" festival (or "SS Festival" for short) was launched on 20 April 2018 commemorating Adolf Hitler's birthday and was opposed by the Ostritz Peace Festival established by local residents. In 2019, a court in Dresden imposed a ban on the sale or possession of alcohol at the Schild and Schwert Festival. Police confiscated thousands of litres of beer and local residents bought up the entire stock from the local supermarket.
- "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2019.
- Deilmann, Astrid (22 August 2005). "Ökologische Modellstadt Ostritz: Energie-Vorreiter am östlichen Rand der Republik" (in German). SolarServer. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
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- "Neo-Nazi 'SS Festival' on Hitler's birthday countered by peace rally". USA TODAY. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- Hill, Katie (25 June 2019). "German Village Hoards Beer To Leave Neo-Nazi Festival Dry". 10 Daily. Network Ten. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
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