Łęknica in Poland

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Łęknica is a border town in western Poland, one of the two gminas of Żary County in Lubusz Voivodeship. Muskau Park (Park Mużakowski), a Polish-German World Heritage Site, stretches north of the town centre.

The town is situated in the Polish part of the historic Upper Lusatia region, in the broad valley of the Neisse river, which forms the border with Germany. A bridge across the river connects it with the opposite German town of Bad Muskau, another border crossing in the south leads to Krauschwitz. Łęknica’s population numbers 2,478 (2019).

Muskau Palace in Bad Muskau © Marek Śliwecki/cc-by-sa-4.0 Muskau Park in Łęknica and Bad Muskau © 32X/cc-by-sa-3.0 Neisse Bridge, border between Łęknica in Poland and Bad Muskau in Germany © 32X/cc-by-sa-3.0 New Palace in Fürst-Pückler-Park in Bad Muskau © Hedwig Storch/cc-by-sa-3.0 Leknica © PaulT (Gunther Tschuch)/cc-by-sa-4.0 Polenmarkt © Kamil Czaiński/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Neisse Bridge, border between Łęknica in Poland and Bad Muskau in Germany © 32X/cc-by-sa-3.0
From 1940 to 1945 the village was included within the city limits of Muskau as its eastern right-bank district. During World War II, 70% of the city was destroyed, as well as much of the industry (brown coal mine “Babina” from 40%, glassworks 30% and slate factories 50%). The town was separated from Bad Muskau by the new state border along the Oder–Neisse line, the remaining German population was expelled and the place was gradually settled with Polish military veterans, refugees, people returning from forced labour in Germany, people repatriated from France, Belgium and in 1958, 18 families repatriated from the Soviet Union settled in the city.

The settlement changed name several times, Łuknica in 1945–1947, then Ługnica and Łęknice. It received the name Łęknica in 1956 and obtained town privileges in 1969. In 1972 the border crossing between Poland and East Germany was opened and visa-free local border traffic was allowed.

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