Elstra (German pronunciation: [ˈɛlstʁaː] (listen); 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
Halštrow
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Elstra
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
 • Mayor (2015–22) Frank Wachholz[1]
Area
 • Total32.65 km2 (12.61 sq mi)
Elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total2,704
 • Density83/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
01920
Dialling codes035793
Vehicle registrationBZ, BIW, HY, KM
Websitewww.elstra.de

The city has only about 2,000 citizens and is one of the smallest cities in Germany. The whole municipality has 2,807 citizens (in 2016).[3]

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

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen 2015, Freistaat Sachsen, accessed 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ "Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus" (PDF).