Aussere Oybiner Strasse 9 - 12, Zittau, Saxony, 02763, Germany
More about Zittau
Waentig house, main entrance
Travel Tips for Zittau
Where the hell am I
One day I wanted to drive to Reichenberg (Liberec) (Czech Republic) for shopping and sight-seeing. I followed the signs towards Reichenberg and arrived the frontier. I just had to hold my ID card on the window and could pass. I was quite surprised that the Czechs had hoisted the Polish flag and road signs were written in Polish. I stopped to the right and had a look in my road map to find out why I crossed the wrong border. Thereby I noticed that there is no direct road from Zittau to Liberec - you just have to drive 5km through Polish territory.
And indeed, after 5km I crossed the Polish/Czech border.
Climate in Zittau
There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 6 – 17°C ( 43 - 62°F ); min: -1 - 7°C ( 30 - 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 20 – 22°C ( 68 - 73°F ); min: 10 - 12°C ( 50 - 53°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 – 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 0 – 2°C ( 32 - 36°F); min: -5 - 0°C ( 23 - 32°F )
The old town is surrounded by a circle of parks and gardens, which were built exactly where the former fortifications were located. On the northeastern edge of the old town you find such a nice garden with a flower clock (since 1907) and a chime of Meissen porcelain (1966).
Zittau was host of the first Saxon State garden exhibit in the early 1990s. Leftovers are to find in particular in the western district of the town (Westpark).
Another 'green lung' of the town is the so called Weinau, an English style park with pond, restaurant, the zoo, tennis courts ... just a nice place to walk and relax.
Baroque Patrician townhouses
Zittau has numerous Baroque Patrician houses, all of them worth to have a closer look at. You'll pass them when strolling along the cobbled alleys of the old town. Not all of them are in best shape, as they're usually quite large it takes a lot of money to restore them. Maybe one day someone falls in love with one of those houses and ... well, let's hope so.
One of those houses is the townhouse of the Grätz family, one of the nobles of Zittau. It is located Innere Weberstrasse 20 (the street that leads straight to Johanniskirche's impressive western facade). Merchant Grätz from Lüneburg commissioned the construction of this house 1712, in 1717 it was finished.The house has two inner yards and reaches from Innere Weberstrasse to the parallel Lindenstrasse in the back. The main portal to Innere Weberstrasse is absolutely magnificent, richly decorated with coat-of-arms, wrought-iron grating, pilasters to both sides as well as sculptures to both sides of the gable.
Another excellent example is House Besser, located at the corner Bautzner Str/Kirchstrasse from 1745/46, built for merchant Carl Christian Besser. Most impressive is the two-storey oriel at the corner above the beautiful portal. Again, it is decorated with ornaments and sculptures. Here the sculptures are Mars (for war) and Minerva (for peace).
To list one last example here, House Prieber (Innere Weberstrasse 12) also has a beautiful portal with ornaments and pilasters carrying a balcony with wrought-iron railing, dating from 1770.
Zittau is the only town in Saxony that commemorates the first Saxon constitution from 4 September 1831. On 3 September 1833 a so called "constitution column", an obelisk on a podest, was inaugurated next to one of the city gates (Bautzner Tor). More than 35 years later the Johanneum (see separate tip) was built nearby and the column is in a nice small garden-like location now.