The history museum of the town is officially named: "Oberlausitzer Sechsstädtebund– und Handwerksmuseum Löbau" This name gives an idea what the focus of the museum is on: The Upper Lausitz history, especially the association of the six towns (Görlitz, Bautzen, Zittau, Kamenz, Löbau, Lauban) and on the craftsmen's guilds in the town.I was surprised...more
The viewing tower on the nearby mountain (448 m) is Europe's only cast-iron tower, made of pre-fabricated pieces in 1854. From the top you have a wonderful panoramic view of the rolling hills of the Upper Lausitz region and also an excellent overview of the town Löbau.Friedrich August Bretschneider, a local baker, gave the money for the...more
The landmark that dominates the townscape is the steeple of Nikolai church. The present building dates from 1378 but it was redecorated and additions were made several times over the centuries. 1739 - 42 e.g. a third nave was added, 1884/85 the choir was reconstructed and balconies were added, they got rid of the Baroque interior and redecorated in...more
The church of the former Franciscan convent (until 1336) was reconstructed after a fire in 1519. Redecoration followed in 1840. From 1676 until 1912 it was Parish church for the Sorbian (the regional slavic population) people of Löbau and nearby villages. From 1996 to 2001 it was restored, a modern annex built and the interior of the former church...more
The town hall is one of the landmark buildings of Löbau. It was built 1710 - 14 using the remains of the previous town hall from the 15th century that had been severely damaged by a fire. It has a rich decoration, pilasters and altan, lion sculptures the town's coat-of-arms as well as the Royal-Polish and Saxon coats-of-arms. The tower is a relic...more
This house was designed by Hans Scharoun for entrepreneur Fritz Schminke 1930 - 33. It is together with Mies van der Rohe's house Tugendhat, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Frank Lloyd Wright's Haus Kaufmann ("Fallingwater") one of the four icons of private houses in the so called "International Style".It is amazing how 'modern' the house is. The...more
Like most Saxon towns Löbau has its Postmeilensäule. These were erected under the reign of August the Strong (the Löbau one is dated 1725) to mark the distances to neighbouring towns. Distances are given in hours, but they do not mean actual travel times. The "hour" is the distance a post carriage was supposed to cover in one hour. 2 hours = 1...more
The large church has been the parish church of the old town since the middle ages. A big renovation and refurbishing in the late 19th century deprived it of its medieval and baroque furniture, though. The facades were redecorated and the steeple enlarged to its present height of 83.5 metres. It is the predominant landmark in townscape.I was...more
Apart from the town hall, the most prominent building in Altmarkt is Stadthaus or Haus zum Goldenen Schiff (House of the Golden Ship). The elegant baroque house was built in the early 18th century by a rich cloth merchant.Its name derives from the stucco relief above the door. It shows a golden war ship in full sails, cannons ready. The Latin...more
The building alone is worth to see - and then there's the very good Italian restaurant, too ... I have been here twice, first time only for dessert/ice-cream/coffee. My latest visit in 2011 was for a three-course lunch. Yummy!
The building was erected as bath for the people of Löbau in 1875/76 at the place where mineral springs had been used since the early 18th century. Until 1992 it was used for this purpose, they also offered physical therapy here. In the years after 2001 it was beautifully restored and is used since a few years as restaurant. The basement has a bowling hall. The restaurant interior is quite old-world-fancy with some stucco works, dark wood furniture, but all in all bright and friendly. White tablecloth and beautiful silverware. Service is friendly, competent and attentive.
Favorite Dish: I had a selection of antipasti for starters. Very good. Main course was fillet of venison with ravioli in red wine sauce - delicious! Although portions were generous I had a dessert also: mascarpone-sponge mixture with cinnamon-vanilla plums and whipped cream. Fantastic! With coffee, mineral water and a quarter litre tasty red wine the check was 35 Euro incl. tip. VERY reasonable.
Sorry, no picture of the train station - must make sure to take one on the next visit.Löbau is on the railway route Dresden - Bautzen - Görlitz. RB and RE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn and ODEG stop there, the trains Dresden - Wroclaw do not stop in Löbau (Bautzen and Görlitz are closest stops). Service is about hourly from early morning till...more
Löbau station is a regional, or better local transportation hub on the train line Dresden - Bautzen - Görlitz - Wroclaw. There is only this one train line, but bus connections lead to all directions. In case you plan to visit places in the surroundings, for example the settlement of the Brethren in Herrnhut, or Obercunnersdorf with its assembly of ...more
Just off the Market square, at the southwestern corner, is the tiny Badergasse alley where you can see the only few remaining medieval townhouses of Löbau. Sure, they might not *look* that old, but they go back to the 15th century.House No. 5 e.g. was the old bathhouse ("Alte Baderei"), the practice of the poor's doctor in medieval times, so to...more
Just south of the old town is a park-like area where the former old cemetery was. Walk through the (probably) Baroque (with modern Grafitti :-)) to get there. Except that it is a quiet green oasis there's not much to see and do there. The Church of Our Lady was torn down in 1842, nothing is left.Most remarkable is the preserved Baroque burial vault...more
There is not much left of the former city walls from the 14th/15th century - they were torn down 1822-42 and replaced by a street leading around the old town and designed gardens with flower beds/trees. Quite beautiful, btw.Relics are still to see at the western (pic 5) and southwestern (other pics) edge of the old town and north of the Nikolai...more