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The Pleiße is a right tributary of the White Elster in Saxony, Germany. It has its source southwest of Zwickau at Ebersbrunn, then flows through Werdau, Crimmitschau, Altenburg, and other towns and villages in Saxony and Thuringia, before meeting the White Elster in Leipzig.

The river originally had a natural length of 115 km; however, south of Leipzig, it has been straightened, which shortened it to around 90 km.