For many years the people in Oybin had no church in town - they belonged to the congregation in Zittau first, then to neighbouring Lückendorf. From 1709 on they started to build a church - first it was just a praying house, then it got an altar, finally it was enlarged and finally, in 1734, the church had the size and interior as you see it...more
The sandstone massif that towers above the small town with the same name is the main sightseeing spot in the area. On top are the remains of a former castle - first mentioned in the 13th century - and of a celestine monastery that was founded by Emperor (and Bohemian King) Karl IV. Soon after reformation, in 1559, the monks gave up the monastery...more
The typical houses of the Lausitz region can be found in Oybin. There are several and most are well restored and in excellent shape. Umgebindehäuser are a variety of timberframe architecture.The part of the ground floor that contains the kitchen and the fire is built from stone, the rest from logs like a block house. Around this construction, a...more
The protestant parish church was built in the 18th century at the foot of the castle rock by the trail that leads up to the castle. Due to its location on the steep slope the floor is descending, the interior looks like a theatre with the choir as the ‘stage’ and the benches rising like an auditory. It is on the one hand a typical example of...more
Continue the path around the church towards the Baude (restaurant building) and see the cemetery, not only because from there you catch the best view of the church ruin. The cemetery feels like walking in another Caspar David Friedrich painting. Some graves are located under protruding rocks, others on the small terrace above the steep rocky...more
Emperor Karl IV founded a monastery of Celestine monks on Oybin mountain in 1366. Adjacent to the castle a majestic gothic church was built. The builders came from Prague. For the connoisseurs: The master builder was a member of the Parler family.The monastery was abandoned in the reformation. The villagers built themselves a new parish church...more
This cafe in the idyllic village Grossschönau, at the foot of the mountains, is family run since 75 years, even through the communist era. It is one of my favourite cafes anywhere.The location alone is a big plus: right by the little Mandau river, lined with old trees and with view of old, typical for the region Umgebinde houses. They have a...more
I have been to this Restaurant-Cafe a couple of times, once had lunch there and the other times had coffee/tea and cake. The ambience in the cafe is quite elegant, the restaurant is more rustic. Service is friendly, quick and attentive.As all the restaurants in Oybin this one is inexpensive compared to the average in Germany. For lunch I had a...more
This restaurant is hardly to overlook as it is in central location and draws the attention of the visitor due to the building's salmon colour. Somehow it doesn't really fit into the small town.Anway, we were hungry and upon recommendation we picked this one for lunch. The interior is quite cosy, lots of wood, a fireplace, a bit christmassy...more
We had already taken plenty of photos with that house in it before we learned that it is an inn and recommended for lunch… The Umgebindehaus on the other side of the valley is prominent in the village due to its location and its salmon-coloured walls. The cosy interior is furbished with lots of wood. The fireplace adds to the comfort. The...more
This hotel/restaurant is located right in the mid-range mountains near Zittau (in the beautiful village Waltersdorf) at an elevation of about 500 m. The ambience is like in a mountain hut - very cosy.Service was a bit slow, but the reason was definitely that the restaurant was well filled with crowds who took a break from skiing at the neighbouring...more
This restaurant is located right in the centre of Kurort Jonsdorf. After a cross-country skiing tour (snow falling, windy, cold) with my friends we happened to come by this restaurant and went in - it was a good choice. Elegant interior, partly still originally preserved from around 1900. We had a table in the winter garden with view of the...more
Yes it can be done without a car. You have to go via Zittau, which is connected to the train network. From there you have two options.
1. The steam train. Most romantic, but check the timetable: the train operates only a couple of times per day. The steam train is part of the ZVON network, tickets are valid but a steam supplement has to be paid.
2. By bus. Bus line 6 departs at the bus station in front of the train station every hour and takes you to Oybin in some 20 minutes.
Timetable and fare information on the ZVON website.
Since the region has a long tradition of manufacturing textile goods you can expect to buy some good quality pieces from local manufactures at very reasonable prices. And indeed, the Damino GmbH has a sort of Factory Outlet Shop in Grossschönau.
It is rather small, but very reasonably priced. You can choose from a wide selection of table cloth, napkins (damask!), bed linen, bath linen etc.
The quality is excellent.
What to buy: I use to buy towels, table cloth plus napkins.
What to pay: A set of table cloth plus six napkins may cost, depending of size and colour/pattern, 35 - 50 Euro.
There is a very interesting small Museum in Grossschönau - the so called "Deutsches Damast- und Frottiermuseum ".In this museum you can learn a lot about the long tradition of manufacturing textiles, especially damask, in this region. Three old weaving looms are on display, still in operation. During your visit they show you how to make textile...more
When in Grossschönau (see "Things To Do") I highly recommend to visit the very impressive cemetery and the Parish church. On the cemetery you'll see quite many very beautiful graves, decorated with excellent works of sculptors. A lot of them date from the 17th to 19th century.The Parish church was built 1705, replacing an older one and using their...more
What I prefer over downhill skiing is cross-country skiing. And the mountains south of Zittau are just perfect for that! A first look at the topography might make you sceptic, but believe me, there are many well groomed cross-country tracks all over this area, connecting the villages with each other, leading from mountain hut to restaurant to...more
Although the altitude is rather poor - the mountains south of Zittau are quite snow reliable due to their eastern location.The elevation difference is of course little - 200 m are maximum. Do not expect skiing opportunities as in the Alps or Rockies! But locals (and even Berliners :-)) do enjoy the runs in Waltersdorf, Lückendorf, Oybin.The best...more
For those who do not want to do extreme sports, but spend some time in a beautiful landscape with outdoor activity is rowing a good alternative.There is a small lake, rather a pond, in Jonsdorf in the Zittauer Gebirge where you can rent a boat for little money. It is fun rowing for a half hour and then sitting in the neighbouring beergarden and...more
Favorite thing: Oybin is a destination for a relaxing holiday that involves hiking in the forests of the Zittau mountains, a little sightseeing, some hops across the borders to the Czech Republic (within walking distance on the mountain ridge) and to Poland. The village/town has some tourist infrastructure with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops, a park and so on, but don’t expect anything posh, and I would not expect much nightlife either. There are also some options for winter sports, cross-country skiing and even a ski lift or two, though not on alpine level. A relaxed, very ‘local’ place.