Silesians are hearty people and their cooking combines German, Polish, and Czech elements into one Germany’s most interesting regional cuisines. The Silesian specialty is Schlesisches Himmelreich (Silesian Heaven). It’s a mix of pork roast and ham with stewed fruit in white sauce served with dumplings.
For dessert try Silesian Streuselkuchen – a yummy crumb cake.
You can watch my 3 min 36 sec HD Video Görlitz Zum Marshall DuRoc Hotel and Restaurant out of my Youtube channel.
Moving along A4 Autobahn (E40) from Poland 4 km (2,5 km from the former border terminal) turn to the right to B6 (Hohe Str.) and B115 (Feldhauser Str.).
Move 1,5 km, turn to the left on B115 (Nieskier Str.).
Move 7 km and turn to the right to Girbigsdorfer Str. when you will see the sign (Zum Marshall DuRoc Hotel).
In 200 meters you will see the Hotel with a very convenient parking.
Isn’t it amazing to see a Russian-made Lada-Priora in Germany?
Isn’t it amazing that this Russian car could reach this place even twice in 2009 and 2010?
Holtendorf Local Customs
We went to Shaeferhunder Verein Bundessiegerschau to Ulm (German Shepherds World Championship) in 2009 and in Nurnberg in 2010 with our German Shepherds fom Irin Hof (Zarina, Zharden and Mirta). We stayed twice in the Zum Marshall DuRoc Hotel in Holtendorf near Görlitz.
It was a very friendly athmosphere for us and our dogs there. How lucky we were
you can see on my 5 min 12 sec HD Video Görlitz Two Russians in a hotel in Holtedorf to say nothing of two German Shepherds out of my Youtube channel.
Favorite thing: Holtendorf is a village in Sachsen close to Görlitz.
We went there because we booked a hotel when visiting Görlitz where our dogs could feel good on its green fields.
Holathindorff (sorbisch Holecin) was first documental mentioned in 1352.
1431 - Hussite Wars, 1618-1630 Thirty Years' War, 1756-1763 Seven Years' War, 1812-1813 - Napoleonic Wars.
13 Holtendorfer men didn’t come back home from WWI and 35 Holtendorfer men didn’t come back home from WWII…
Fondest memory: You can watch my high resolution photo of Görlitz on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 51° 9' 3.57" N 14° 55' 1.62" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Holtendorf.
Favorite thing: Holtenberg and Hoterberg are known because of an episode which occurred there on 22nd May of 1813.
We learned about it when stayed for a night in Zum Marshall DuRoc Hotel.
As you have already guessed this episode concerns the name of this famous Marshall…
Géraud Christophe Michel Duroc was a French general noted for his association with Napoleon.
He was still in attendance on Napoleon at the Battle of Bautzen (May 20-21, 1813) in Saxony, when he was mortally wounded, and died in a farmhouse near the battlefield on May 23. Napoleon bought the farm and erected a monument to his memory.
Occurrences of the year 1813...
"Up to his forced retreat on 20th March 1813 Napoleon gathered considerable troops in the surroundings. A regiment of 1000 man took also position in Holtendorf, Markersdorf and Girbigsdorf. The 20th / 21st May Napoleon triumphed in the battle at Bautzen.
Now the Prussian and Russians were retreating and took installation in the "Kanonenbusch", as this forest piece is called since those days. 22nd May the French kept on moving forward. The hostile army of the Prussia and Russians went back until Holtendorf/Markersdorf. On the Hoterberg, Nikitin, the general of the Prussian and Russian army, put a heavy battery of artillery. This fired 3 shots when the French occupied Obermarkersdorf and Napoleon passed the village. It was actually only test-shots
The third bullet bounced off a tree, killed Engineer-General Kirchner and shattered the right leg of the Grand-Marshal DuRoc, Duke of Friaul. Napoleon, deeply affected by DuRocs wounding, stopped the pursuit.
A stirringly sentimental story remained from these hours:
Napoleon found the marshal on the deathbed cold-blooded and with full consciousness.
DuRoc spoke: "My whole life was dedicated to your service and I lose it only reluctantly because it would still be able to be useful for you."
Napoleon answered: "There is another life. There you go to expect me; there we will find ourselves again."
DuRoc parting: "Oh Sire, go away, this drama will be painful for you."
Napoleon: "Goodbye my friend".
Marshal DuRoc belonged to the emperor's relatives. He died the following morning at 10 o'clock. His corpse was brought to the Brüderstraße 3 to Görlitz and was embalmed there. In the escort of two guard-companies, marshal DuRoc was transferred to Paris. Engineer-General Kirchener was buried in Markersdorf. On the 18th august 1813 Napoleon was once again in Markersdorf, he handed over an instruction to the farmer Hansprach for 4000 thalers and 1000 thalers to the community Markersdorf for a monument. 1830 a monument was erected at the position where DuRoc was killed. "
Favorite thing: Historically, this area was in the region of Upper Lusatia, however in 1815, some parts of Lusatia were integrated into the Province of Silesia, and later into the Province of Lower Silesia. After WWII Silesia became a part of Poland.
Today the area combines Lusatian and Silesian traditions as well as German and Sorbian culture influenced by the proximity to Poland.
Locals well remember about their former homeland – Silesia. There is a map of Silesia in the hotel which you can see on my photo.