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The Black Elster[1][2][3] or Schwarze Elster is a 179-kilometre (111 mi) long river in eastern Germany, in the states Saxony, Brandenburg
Brandenburg
and Saxony-Anhalt, right tributary of the Elbe. Its source is in the Upper Lusatia
Upper Lusatia
region, near Elstra. The Black Elster
Black Elster
flows through the cities Kamenz, Hoyerswerda, Senftenberg, Lauchhammer, Elsterwerda, Bad Liebenwerda, Herzberg and Jessen. It flows into the river Elbe
Elbe
at Elster (Elbe), upstream from Wittenberg.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Tributaries

2 History 3 See also 4 References

Geography[edit] The river rises in the Lusatian Highlands
Lusatian Highlands
(Upper Lusatia) about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) south of the village Kindisch in the borough of Elstra
Elstra
on the eastern flank of the 396-metre (1,299 ft) high Kuppe, a subpeak of the Hochstein. From here the Black Elster
Black Elster
flows initially in a northerly direction through Elstra, Kamenz, Milstrich and Wittichenau, from Hoyerswerda
Hoyerswerda
it flows in a westwards to Elsterheide. Further downstream, after 63 kilometres (39 mi), it crosses the Saxon- Brandenburg
Brandenburg
border and flows though Senftenberg, Ruhland
Ruhland
and Lauchhammer
Lauchhammer
to Elsterwerda. From here it heads in a northwesterly direction through Bad Liebenwerda, Herzberg and Jessen before emptying into the Elbe
Elbe
in the municipality of Elster (Elbe) (river kilometre 198.5). The most important tributaries of the Black Elster
Black Elster
are the Hoyerswerdaer Schwarzwasser, the Pulsnitz, the Große Röder, the Kleine Elster
Kleine Elster
and the Schweinitzer Fließ. Tributaries[edit]

Left tributaries Right tributaries

Kesselwasser, before Elstra
Elstra
at 197 m Langes Wasser, in Kamenz
Kamenz
at 177 m Schwosdorfer Wasser, near Schiedel at 144 m Rocknitzgraben, near Skaska at 138 m Kossacksgraben, near Neuwiese at 114 m Schleichgraben, near Großkoschen at 103 m Ruhlander Schwarzwasser, near Ruhland
Ruhland
at 95 m Sieggraben, after Ruhland
Ruhland
at 94 m Pulsnitz, near Elsterwerda
Elsterwerda
at 88,5 m Große Röder, near Haida at 87 m Alte Röder, near Prieschka at 86,7 m Kleine Röder, near Bad Liebenwerda
Bad Liebenwerda
at 86,3 m Neugraben, near Grabo at 71 m

Jauer, near Deutschbaselitz at 148 m Klosterwasser, near Kotten at 128 m Ralbitzer Teichwasser, before Hoske at 127 m Hoyerswerdaer Schwarzwasser, near Hoyerswerda
Hoyerswerda
at 118 m Sornoer Elster, near Kleinkoschen at 102 m Rainitza, near Buchwalde (Senftenberg) at 100 m Pößnitz, near Schwarzheide at 97 m Hammergraben, near Plessa at 90 m Kleine Elster, near Wahrenbrück at 84 m Schweinitzer Fließ, near Schweinitz at 71,3 m

History[edit] Field Marshal Blücher crossed the Elbe
Elbe
River
River
near its confluence with the Black Elster
Black Elster
on 3 Oct 1813 on his march to Leipzig.[4] See also[edit]

There is also a White Elster
White Elster
river in eastern Germany.

References[edit]

^ Saxony Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at 1911 Britannica Encyclopedia. Accessed on 6 Nov 2010. ^ Elbe
Elbe
River
River
Basin by the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe
Elbe
River. Accessed on 16 Jan 2011. ^ Elbe
Elbe
at waterwiki.net. Accessed on 16 Jan 2011. ^ Wright, George Newenham (1836). A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer

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