Hotel Schwarzer Bar
Ottokarplatz 12, Zittau, Saxony, 02763, Germany
More about Zittau
Nikolaus von Dornspach's tombstone
Lion fountain, lion relief
Travel Tips for Zittau
This was an unexpected but very pleasant surprise: Zittauer's Zwicklebier was lightly filtered with a massive head, somewhat resembling a weizen visually though nothing at all alike in flavor. This light bodied beer was quite hoppy with a clean finish. It was very refreshing and a great compliment to the local dishes we paired it with. It was so good in fact that we rushed off to the local beer store to get some more!
A reason for me :-) to travel to Zittau is that my tennis team has a match there every other year.
The tennis courts in Zittau are located in the Weinau-Park, next to the zoo and the brewery (see my restaurant tip!). It is always funny to play there - the animals in the zoo use to make quite a noise! In 2005 it happened that two pheasants appeared on the tennis courts ... we wondered what we might have for lunch :-))
We won our match in 2005, which was very important for our team.
The folks of the TC Zittau-Weinau are nice and if you are a tennis player you are always welcome for a match. Better bring your own. You can rent in the sports shops in the city, though.
At the western edge of the old town, as a part of the former fortifications, you find the Weberkirche. This church was built 1488 - 1500 in Gothic style and was renovated in 1889.
On the adjoining cemetary there are a number of beautiful tombs to see, the oldest date from 1580.
The Johanneum, nowadays Christian Weise High School (Gymnasium in German), was built 1869-71 according to plans of Erich Trümmler. Saxon King Johann was present at the ceremony when the foundation stone was laid, thus the name of the school. The architecture is eclectic - it has elements of Renaissance and Baroque style.
Most prominent is the 56 m tall tower which reminds of the former city gate that stood just a few metres away and was torn down when the Johanneum was built. The guilded angel figure on top of the tower is from the old Weber city gate.
The facade is richly ornamented with figures depicting allegories of knowledge and learning: owl, eagle, laurel wreath etc.
You'll hardly be able to see the interior which is too bad. (Maybe you happen to be in Zittau on European Heritage Day? Or the first Saturday in March when they open the doors to everyone?) It is well preserved. Most beautiful is the auditorium with five large paintings by Anton Dietrich from Dresden. They depict the ancient era with Greece and Egypt and the modern era with Italy and Germany. Inbetween a picture of St. Paul preaching in Athens, depicting the Christian religion as mediator between ancient and modern eras. Interesting side note: During the communist era the painting was covered.
The site where the city gate "Bautzner Tor" once stood is now called Haberkorn square. It is one of the most frequented places in Zittau - the crossroad between the street that leads from the train station to the Market square and the circular street around the old town on the former grounds of the city walls.
Right there is not only the Johanneum or the Constitution Column but also the monument for the former Mayor of Zittau, Daniel Ferdinand Ludwig Haberkorn. He was born 2 September 1811 in Kamenz and died in Zittau on 6 April 1901. Elected Mayor of Kamenz in 1856 he soon moved to Zittau and became Mayor there until he retired in 1886. He also was member of the Saxon State parliament for long years, even president of the II. chamber. Under his lead Zittau prospered and developed into an industrial city in the 19th century. No wonder he got a monument.
What's most interesting for the tourist is that the monument is also a tap water spring. Free of charge! See picture #3!