If you are looking for organic food then there's this place for you in Görlitz. Centrally located right in the train station it is also open on Sundays and holidays.
The selection of food is pretty good; don't expect low prices, though - there's not much competition in Görlitz when it comes to organic food. Quality is excellent, though. There are lots of farms with organic products in the region and this grocery apparently buys from them - distances are short, products are fresh.
See my restaurant tip as well!
Mon - Fri 8 am - 7 pm,
Sat/Sun and holidays 8 am - 4 pm.
- Food and Dining
Weihnachtshaus: Christmas Shopping (Almost) All Year Round
If you feel you have to buy Christmas decorations outside the season, there is an option in Görlitz: the Weihnachtshaus (Christmas House). The shop extends over 600 sqm on two floors and offers a wide choice of the traditional woodcarvings from the Ore Mountains and other regional Christmas ornaments.
This is a roomy, tidy, well assorted and well taken care of shop. Even if you don't plan to buy things, it is nice to browse through the shop and get an overview of the variety Erzgebirge woodcarvers make. There is a room with smokers, a room with pyramids, a room with nutcrackers, one with Schwibbögen, one with glass ornaments...
After Christmas, the shop closes for its winter break and only reopens in early April.
What to buy: Woodcarved Christmas items from the Ore Mountains, good quality from several renowned workshops, wide choice. Herrnhut Stars. Candles and other decoration from regional workshops. Easter decorations are also available.
What to pay: Probably a bit more than when buying directly from the producers. Quality has its price.
Karstadt: Shopping in Jugendstil atmosphere
No, I am NOT kidding!
The building where you find the department store of Hertie (former Karstadt chain) today is the only originally preserved department store of Jugendstil architecture in Germany, built in 1912/13.
Very impressive is the gorgeous hall with stained-glass dome and the grand staircase.
UPDATE: Sadly, due to the bankruptcy of Hertie the department store is closed. There is, thank God, a drug store on the ground floor open so you can go inside and have a look at the architecture. However, it is very sad to see such a beautiful building with uncertain future.
What to buy: Nothing special, it is just an ordinary department store :-(
- Historical Travel
assorted shops and cafes: Untermarkt
The heart of the medieval city was the Untermarkt which features Late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and offers a glimpse into what the life of the merchants were in Görlitz heyday from 1480-1547.
What to buy: Today, many of the buildings are shops and cafes offering everything from postcards to local dishes. Saxony is noted for white wine so why not pick up a bottle while here too.
- Historical Travel
- Wine Tasting
You'll find pottery shops here and there in Görlitz. This one is so special because you can watch the craftsman manufacture the pottery. It is fascinating to see the process of forming, burning and painting.
There is a reason that the picture doesn't show some pottery. The house itself is worth visiting. The cellars were built in medieval times (on the picture remains of a jewish ritual bath), the three-floor townhouse was rebuilt in 1717 after a fire. The ambience of the vaulted rooms on the ground floor is just perfect for a pottery.
What to buy: all sorts of pottery
What to pay: You can get a good souvenir for 10 Euro, or you can buy a set for considerably more :-)
- Historical Travel
assorted shops and cafes: Obermarkt
Though perhaps not as impressive as the Untermarkt, the Obermarkt is no ugly duckling with numerous Baroque facades and a fountain noted for its water sprouting figures.
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