Two women have been arrested after attacking a synagogue in the east German city of Cottbus.

Police say the 21 and 36-year-old women smashed several windows of Brandenburg state's only synagogue early Wednesday morning.

Spokesman Torsten Wendt said the women had previously been spotted by police in the vicinity of the synagogue on Tuesday morning.

He said high levels of alcohol were measured on the women's breath. Officers are still waiting to interview them and determine whether they had a far-right motive.