|pop. density:||169 inh./km²|
Bautzen is a district in Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the south and clockwise) the Czech Republic and the districts of Sächsische Schweiz[?], Kamenz[?], Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis[?] and Löbau-Zittau[?].
The district was established in 1994 by merging the former districts of Bautzen and Bischofswerda.
The Spree River enters the district from the southeast and runs through Schirgiswalde and Bautzen before leaving to the north. Behind Bautzen the river is dammed by a reservoir (Bautzener Stausee, 5.5 km²).
|The district's arms are identical to the arms of the margravate of Upper Lusatia. The coat of arms was established about 1350, when six towns of Upper Lusatia founded a confederacy. This loose alliance became a margravate under the Bohemian crown in 1378.|