Jelenia Góra

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Jelenia Góra (German: Hirschberg) is a major city of nearly 100.000 inhabitants in Lower Silesian Voivodship in Poland. It is the portal to the Karkonosze (Riesengebirge) mountain range and a tourist attraction itself, with a historic old town and the Cieplice (Warmbrünn) spa now included in the city as well.
Together with the entire Lower Silesia, control over Jelenia Góra alternated between Polish- and German-speaking lands throughout its history. Both the Polish and German names for the town, as well as their translations to Latin and other languages, have the same meaning being roughly "deer mountain". The deer features prominently in the city's coat of arms and is reference in many ways in the city today.

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