The Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district is economically characterised by the Glashütte watchmaking industry as well as steel, paper and glass production. Also the traditional handicrafts and agricultural farming are particularly important, especially in the countryside. A large part of the economy is predominated by tourism. Popular skiing areas in Altenberg, Geising or Holzhau and well developed hiking areas in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, for example the “Malerweg” (Painters’ Way), again and again offer locals and tourists the fascinating wonders of nature.
Favourable transport connections exist on road, waterway and railroad. There are various industrial estates for the establishment of businesses in the district. One of the linking elements is the motorway A17. In December 2006, the part of the A17 which runs through the district Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge was opened up.
Right next to the state capital of Dresden, which is both a location for science and research and a cultural city, the beautiful landscape and the various leisure time and cultural activities as well as educational opportunities in situ produce a special quality of location.
Area1,653 square kilometres
InfrastructureGlashütte watchmaking industry;
steel, paper and glass production;
excellent transport connections
to the Czech Republic;
motorway A17 with six
federal roads B170, B171, B172, B173;
airports in Dresden and Pirna-Pratzschwitz;
numerous scientific institutions
in the state capital Dresden