Oybin (Upper Sorbian: Ojbin) is a municipality in the Görlitz district, in Saxony, Germany, located very close to the border of the Czech Republic. Following the defeat of the Protestant armies by the Habsburgs in the Battle of the White Mountain in 1620, many Protestant Czechs found refuge across the border in the hills of Upper Lusatia. It is a "Kurort", a resort or spa certified by the state, where people go for rest and recuperation. It is most famous for its mountain of the same name, an exposed natural sandstone dome that towers above the town. The ruins of a medieval monastery lend a wild romantic beauty to it and it was a favorite subject of 19th-century Romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich. Many bizarrely shaped geological rock formations can be found in the surroundings. The scenic narrow gauge Zittau–Kurort Oybin/Kurort Jonsdorf railway runs from Oybin to Bertsdorf, from there to the neighboring municipality of Jonsdorf and the town of Zittau. Oybin municipality has 3 districts: Oybin, Hain and Lückendorf.

Oybin
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Oybin
Location of Oybin within Görlitz district
Oybin in GR.svg
Oybin is located in Germany
Oybin
Oybin
Oybin is located in Saxony
Oybin
Oybin
Coordinates: 50°50′32″N 14°44′34″E / 50.84222°N 14.74278°E / 50.84222; 14.74278Coordinates: 50°50′32″N 14°44′34″E / 50.84222°N 14.74278°E / 50.84222; 14.74278
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictGörlitz
Municipal assoc.Olbersdorf
Subdivisions4 Ortsteile
Government
 • Mayor (2018–25) Tobias Steiner[1]
Area
 • Total18.29 km2 (7.06 sq mi)
Elevation
389 m (1,276 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total1,324
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
02797
Dialling codes035844
Vehicle registrationGR, LÖB, NOL, NY, WSW, ZI
Websitewww.oybin.com

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  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen 2018, Freistaat Sachsen, retrieved 10 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). June 2021.

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