Linen-weaving and trading have a long tradition here. In around the mid-16th century, the typical timber-framed Upper Lusatian houses were first built, where linen-weaving families later operated their hand looms. Along with industrialisation, weaving factories developed which worked with mechanised looms. Today, there are still a few weaving mills in Upper Lusatia which keep up this centuries-old tradition.
The lovely Upper Lusatia is worth a visit at any time of year. Wide meadows, picturesque hills and sleepy towns draw visitors for cycling, walking and sight-seeing.