Dohna is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge is a district in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is named after the mountain ranges Saxon Switzerland and Erzgebirge.- History :...

 district, Saxony
The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked state of Germany, contingent with Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. It is the tenth-largest German state in area, with of Germany's sixteen states....

, Germany
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. It is located south of Heidenau
Heidenau is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp was located here. The town is situated on the left bank of the Elbe, 13 km southeast of Dresden .-References:...

. It is located in the Müglitz valley and lies west of the Eastern Ore Mountains
Eastern Ore Mountains
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. It was known as Donin in 1107, 1160 and until 1206. Donyn in from 1288 to 1408. Doneyn unwil 1454 and other forms were Dhonin, Donow and became Dohna. The name comes from Property of the Doň(s) from the Bohemian first name Zdoň.

It is accessed by routes 172 and 172A, and by the A17
Bundesautobahn 17
is an autobahn in Saxony, south-eastern Germany. It links Dresden to the Czech border where the D8 continues to Prague. The road is a fairly new contribution to the German autobahn-system, with its first stretch opened in 2001 and the last in 2006.- Location :...

 at the Pirna
Pirna is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, capital of the administrative district Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. The town's population is over 40,000. Pirna is located near Dresden and is an important district town as well as a Große Kreisstadt...



Dohna is one of the oldest towns in Saxony. It dates back to the 16th century BC and the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
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. It was first mentioned in 960 in a document by emperor Otto I
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It was linked by the Bohemian Road and the Old Dresden to Teplitz Post Road. The burgraviate was situated between the Margraviate of Meissen, the Kingdom of Bohemia
Kingdom of Bohemia
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 and Gottleuba
The Gottleuba is a small river in the Czech Republic and Germany, left tributary of the Elbe. It source is in the eastern part of the Ore Mountains, north of Ústí nad Labem. After a few km it crosses the Czech-German border, and flows the rest of its 34 km in Saxony. It passes the Gottleuba Dam and...


The Donins were defeated in 1402 in the Dohna Feud
Dohna Feud
The Dohna Feud was a 14th-century dispute between the burgraves of Dohna, who resided in the Eastern Ore Mountains of Central Europe, on the one hand and Saxon nobleman, John of Körbitz and the Meißen Margrave William I on the other...

. The castle was the seat until 1460 as it moved to Sonnenstein Castle
Sonnenstein castle
The Sonnenstein castle is a castle in Pirna, near Dresden, Germany. It housed a mental hospital, which operated from 1811 to the end of World War II in 1945. During the War, it functioned as an extermination centre for the Third Reich Action T4 program...

 in Pirna
Pirna is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, capital of the administrative district Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. The town's population is over 40,000. Pirna is located near Dresden and is an important district town as well as a Große Kreisstadt...


Its constitution was established in 1845. The city was devastated by French
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 and Russia
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n troops during the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
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In 1999, Köttewitz and Krebs joined Dohna. In January 1, 2002
January 2002
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, Dohna became the seat of Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Dohna.

Municipality subdivisions

  • Borthen
  • Bosewitz
  • Burgstädtel
  • Dohna
  • Gamig
  • Gorknitz
  • Köttewitz
  • Krebs
  • Meusegast
  • Röhrsdorf
  • Sürßen
  • Tronitz

Main sights

  • Castle tower, constructed in the 19th century
  • Postmeilensäule, built in 1731
  • Alten Apotheke, built in 1690, a local historical museum since 1992.

  • Primary school
  • Middle School, built on September 7, 1891
  • Gymnasium, built in 1892
  • In 1969, the schools were named Marie Curie
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