Görlitz Travel Guide

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Görlitz Things to Do

  • At last, a bridge?

    I left my accommodation and knew where I wanted to go but had to negotiate a railway track. I managed to leap across it just before a fast train came through. Surprises like this are something you should avoid.Imagine my surprise as I strolled along a side stream, over which there was a massive stone bridge, until it met with the main river Neisse....

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  • visit Zgorzelec

    just cross the bridge and don't forget the passportGood quality vodka for less money than in Germany available

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  • walk through old town

    Untermarkt square, Reichenbacher Turm, Obermarkt - all these places are jewels of architechture still preserved from former centuries

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  • Zoo

    Especially when travelling with kids it is a good idea to spend some time in the zoo. Görlitz has a small zoo, but it is beautiful and has some very interesting departments. No lions or spectacular show or such. They have a very nice farmhouse area with lots of regional animals, cows, goats, chicken, and so on. When I visited in spring they had...

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  • Church St. Peter and Paul

    This church is an outstanding example of a Gothic five nave hall-type church. It was built 1423 - 97. The splendid Romanesque western portal of the previous church was included in the construction.The crypt is a gem of sacral Gothic architecture in Germany. After a fire in 1691 the church was re-decorated mostly in Baroque style. Highlights are the...

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  • Holy Sepulchre (Heiliges Grab)

    Although there are still 16 Holy Sepulchres more in Germany the one in Görlitz is very special and unique. It is considered to be the only one exact copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as it existed until the 16th century before it was severely damaged by a fire.The area consists of four parts: Holy Cross chapel (see picture), the small...

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Görlitz Hotels

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  • Romantik Hotel Tuchmacher

    Peterstrasse 8, Gorlitz, Saxony, 02826, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dreibeiniger Hund

    Buttnerstr. 13, Gorlitz, Saxony, 02826, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Pension Nino

    Bruderstrasse 2, Gorlitz, Saxony, 02826, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Görlitz Restaurants

  • Terrible Indian Restaurant

    I was searching for Indian food and came across this place. Afterwards, I was told there is only ONE Indian restaurant in Görlitz and this was it. There goes eating Indian food if you live in Görlitz. Here we go. This is going to be rough.I walked in and was greeted by a well dressed young German guy. He said something to me in German which I...

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  • Gasthof Goldene Sonne

    In case you're looking for some fancier food in Görlitz then I highly recommend this place. It is located near Kaisertrutz, Reichbach tower and Theatre, somewhat hidden in a backyard. Watch out for the yellow gateway with the "golden sun" sign (pic 1).The building looked to me like former stables with vaulted ceilings and pillars, nicely restored....

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  • Cafe Central

    The name says it all: The location is the big draw. This cafe is on the pedestrian shopping street Berliner Straße, half way between railway station and the city centre. And - it's in a corner building, the cafe section is on the second floor, with large windows so you can watch what's going on on the street. Perfect!On the ground floor is the...

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Görlitz Nightlife

  • Theater Görlitz

    Görlitz has an excellent theatre company and orchestra. They perform plays, operas, musicals/operettas, ballets and concerts. Prices are inexpensive - somewhere between 10 and 25 Euro, depending on the seat and kind of performance.So far I attended two operettas ("Das Land des Lächelns" by Lehar, "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauß) and an opera...

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  • a taste of Poland

    My first mistake was not bringing my passport to Görlitz and I didn’t realize this until I walked across the bridge spanning the Neisse River to take a photo of the Peterskirche. I noticed that the pub there oddly had the Polish beer Zwiecs. I knew I was close to Poland but didn’t fully realize just how close until I noticed the border patrol at...

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  • Cinema and Bar

    This place is typical for Görlitz - a small, cosy bar/restaurant with a small cinema and an art gallery in the same house. Very familiar atmosphere, it is a place to meet people.They usually play unknown movies, not the blockbusters. Afterwards the crowd meets in the bar for a drink (or two ...). There is a special offer - if you are a bunch of six...

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Görlitz Transportation

  • Railway

    Görlitz is easily accessible by railway. It is located on the West - East route Dresden - Wroclaw and the North - South route (Berlin-)Cottbus - Zittau. Both routes are served by regional trains (stop in bigger towns only) and local trains (stop in every town, thus slower). Regional trains take about an hour from Dresden and run every hour. Trains...

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  • Trams

    Although Görlitz is a small city and very easily walkable you may be tired after walking the cobbled streets :-). An alternative is to take the tram back to your hotel, the railway station or wherever. For a visit of the Landeskrone hill south of Görlitz it is a must.An excellent route to explore the city is the tram which runs from the Landeskrone...

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  • How to get to Görlitz

    Görlitz is the easternmost German city, located on the Lusatian Neisse River in the Bundesland of Saxony. That's why it is the closest German city from Russia and Moscow (1570 km on map or 1890 km on speedometer of our car). We got to Görlitz from Poland (Wroclaw) via E40 (A4) motorway. When traveling from the west, you will get to Görlitz via the...

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Görlitz Shopping

  • Organic grocery

    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...

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  • Christmas Shopping (Almost) All Year...

    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...

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  • 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...

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Görlitz Local Customs

  • European Heritage Day

    The 2nd Sunday every year is reserved for a special event: European Heritage Day. This day is celebrated all over Europe (with a different number of activities in each town :-)).This day shall keep the rich architectural heritage of Europe to the citizen's mind. You can visit outstanding sites with fascinating architecture which are usually not...

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  • Liegnitzer Bombe

    Liegnitzer Bomben are a traditional - hm what to call it, pastry maybe - from Silesia. They originate from Liegnitz, now Legnica/Poland, but are most popular in the eastern part of Saxony nowadays. They consist of a very rich dark gingerbread dough with honey, marzipan, almonds, raisins, cherries, orange juice, orangeat, hidden under a coat of...

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  • Christkindelmarkt - Christmas Market

    Görlitz's Christmas market is short, so if you want to experience it, plan accordingly. The market takes place for some 10 days from the second to the third Advent weekend.In Silesia it is not Father Christmas or Santa Claus who brings the gifts on Christmas Eve but the Christ Child (Christkindel). The Christkindel is not baby Jesus, it is rather...

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Görlitz Warnings and Dangers

  • closure of churches and museums

    In winter churches are closedMondays museums are closed.Exeption is Holy Sepulchre (Heiliges Grab)A monday in winter in Goerlitz could become cold and boring if you should be a teetotal.If not - cheers!!There is a lot of good beer in Saxony...

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  • Beware if there is Snow

    Görlitz had a lot of snow during my last visit. This made walking in the old town very tiresome and often outright dangerous. Shoveling the snow from the sidewalk seems to be an art that is totally unknown to a notable part of the city's population. Then add the many empty houses where no one is responsible for anything. Have you ever dragged a...

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  • Stinky Soft Foot Traps

    Dog owners in Görlitz have, it seems, never heard of picking up their darling's 'deposits'. Or at least teaching their four-legged friend to do his business in the gutter instead of in the middle of the pavement. I have rarely seen that many canine droppings on the sidewalks of any other city.Watch your steps.Even if there is snow, pay attention.

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Görlitz Tourist Traps

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    by german_eagle Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    After a lot of sightseeing we decided we needed a break and this café looked pretty good from outside. Boy were we wrong! The waitress was SLOW and unfriendly, the cappuccino was awful.

    Unique Suggestions: Have a milk coffee instead of cappuccino - the lot of milk makes the taste of the poor coffee forget :-)

    Fun Alternatives: Better go a few steps further and have a break at the Ratscafé Kretschmer on the Untermarkt square (see my Restaurant tip).

    Caf�� from outside

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Görlitz What to Pack

  • good friends and their cameras

    Thanks to Sandy and Dave for letting me use their "extra" digital camera since I currently do not have one. They wound up sharing their other one so I know it was a very nice gesture and one that put them out a bit. I enjoyed my first try with a digital and sure I'll be converted as soon as I can afford the one I want!

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  • Climate in Görlitz

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. 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 )

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Görlitz Off The Beaten Path

  • Tanzcafe Fountain

    When the city authorities planned the redesign of the pedestrian zone and shopping mile Berliner zone, they commissioned a fountain as reminiscence to the former - legendary - dancing halls/cafe(s) that were located in the corner building (see pic 1) from 1891 - 1990. It started with Cafe Hohenzollern, renamed Cafe Fledermaus (the "bat", after the...

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  • Museum of Natural History

    I was surprised to find out Görlitz also has a Museum of Natural History - they do not advertise much. It was founded 1860 and has quite large and interesting collections - given the size of the city. Of course it's not comparable to the famous museums of that kind in the big cities.However, they do have an interesting exhibit on the regional...

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  • Dark Gate and Executioner's House

    The Dark Gate (Finstertor) is the only preserved city gate of the Nikolai district. It was referred to as the "Gate at the Watchman of the Dead" as early as 1455. The neighbouring Franconian style timber-framed house was the executioner's home from 1571 on. Because of his disreputable profession the executioner had to live outside the city walls,...

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Görlitz Favorites

  • Görlitz-Information & Tourist-Centre

    Görlitz-Information & Tourist-Centre will assist you in planning your travel and your stay with extensive services. Services: Tourist information serviceHotel and accommodation serviceClassic guided tours and sightseeing toursPackage offers for individual travelers and groupsDay trips and travel programmes in the border triangleSale of concert and...

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  • Neiße River

    The Lusatian Görlitz is a 250 km long river. The river has its source in the Jizera Mountains near Nová Ves nad Nisou, Czech Republic, reaching Poland and Germany at Zittau and later forms the Polish-German border on a length of about 200 km. It is a left tributary of the Oder River.Since the river runs through the historic region of Lusatia, the...

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  • Polish part of Görlitz-Zgorzelec

    The redrawing of boundaries in 1945 — in particular the relocation of the German-Polish border to the Oder-Neiße line — divided the town. The right bank became part of Poland and was named Zgorzelec in 1948 while the main portion became part of the German land of Saxony.Today Görlitz and Zgorzelec are two cities on opposite banks of the river.Since...

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