Zittau Travel Guide

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  • The beautiful flower clock of Zittau
    The beautiful flower clock of Zittau
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Zittau Things to Do

  • Klosterkirche

    In 1244 a Franciscan monastery was founded. The monastery and its church were built from 1260-90. With the death of the last monk after 310 years the monastery closed in 1554. From 1658-62 the church was renewed with a baroque interior. During the 7 year war Zittau was mostly destroyed but the church survived almost intact. Today, the Klosterkirche...

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  • Johanniskirche

    This church is Zittau's main parish church, first mentioned in 1291. When the Austrians destroyed the town in 1757 the Johanniskirche also burnt down. It was rebuilt from 1766 - 1832 in Classicistic style by Christian August Schramm after plans of famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.Somehow the church appears to be too large and imposing for...

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  • City museum

    The former Franciscan convent was turned into the city museum (currently named: Museum on Art and History, but that changes from time to time :-)). Aside from the exhibits (small Lenten Cloth the most prominent piece) the buildings alone are worth a visit. You can see the remains of the Gothic cloisters, chapter house, refectory and the Baroque...

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  • Petri-Pauli church

    The Petri-Pauli church, the former Franciscan convent's church, is with its tall and very slender tower (70 m) another landmark of Zittau. The church was built in 1480 in Gothic style, later several additions were made.A specialty are the Baroque boxes at the southern side of the church. They were built by Patricians from Zittau between 1696 and...

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  • Church of the Holy Cross

    The Church of the Holy Cross was built in the 14th century and its shape has not changed since 1410. Have a look at the Gothic vaults (Bohemian influence - only one, central pillar!), altar and pulpit from 1654 and the statues of Maria and Johannes from 1450, the oldest wood-carved figures of Zittau. Well worth to see are also the Gothic frescos in...

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  • Small Lenten Cloth

    The small Lenten Cloth is not really small, only compared to the other, bigger Lenten Cloth in Zittau. It has a size of 4.30 x 3.40 m. This one is of an even rarer type of Lenten Clothes called "Arma Christi" type, six worldwide, only this one in Germany. One other specialty is that this is the only known Lenten Cloth that was commissioned and...

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  • Big Lenten Cloth (Grosses Zittauer...

    The highlight of a Zittau visit is definitely to see the Big Lenten Cloth.This "Fastentuch" was donated by Zittau's citizen Jacob Gürtler in 1472. In many ways this Cloth is unique - it is the only one of the "field"-type which is preserved in Germany (18 worldwide). It has 10 rows and 9 cols - 90 fields and the size is 56 m2 (8.20 x 6.80 m). The...

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall looks a bit like an exotic building amidst all those Patrician houses with Baroque and Rokoko style facades on the market square. It reminds of an Italian Palazzo than a Saxon town hall. Reason for that is that after the town hall was destroyed in the war 1757 they rebuilt it according to plans of Carl August Schramm in eclectic style...

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  • Zittauer Gebirge (mountains)

    When in Zittau don't miss a side trip to the nearby Zittauer Gebirge. This mid-range mountain range is located a few kilometres south of Zittau right on the border to the Czech Republic. It is the smallest mountain chain in Germany, reaching only 793 metres elevation (P. Lausche).It offers a variety of beautiful mountain views, though. Especially...

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Zittau Hotels

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Zittau Restaurants

  • Swiss cuisine

    From time to time I need my Swiss fix. LOL One option is to have typical Swiss food, for example in this restaurant (and B&B) just outside Zittau, on a hill with great panoramic views (pic 5 - Zittau with its towers in the middleground, lake Olbersdorf to the right, Jizerske hory/mountains in Poland and the Czech Republic in the background).The...

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  • Beer Hall

    After a tennis match on the neighbouring courts my friends and I found this very charming restaurant - a brewery with nice beer hall and sunny terrace overlooking a small lake, located in the Weinau - Park in the southeast of Zittau, close to the border to Poland.This restaurant was right after my taste ... cosy, walls panelled with dark wood,...

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  • Have a break!

    After an hour or two shopping and sightseeing in Zittau :-) you might need a break ... a nice place is the Café Schedel, right next to the Town Hall.We happened to pass by this place, and saw the yummy cakes and tarts inside ... I could not refuse.Very reasonable prices, wide choice of cakes, sandwiches etc. Ambience is quite nice, relatively...

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  • Brasserie Triangle

    Zittau's poshest hotel "Dreiländereck" (which doesn't mean much) has a brasserie style restaurant with terrace right in the pedestrian zone of Zittau. It is a very pleasant place to relax, browse through the (free) newspapers, sip on your tea of coffee and do some people watching. Service is very good, prices are a bit higher than usual in Zittau...

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  • Cafe am Rathaus

    This small cafe is the right place to have a break from sightseeing, especially on a cold winter's day. It is located across the town hall, corner Rathausplatz/Brüderstraße.We had each a piece of cake (yummy) and a cappuccino (good). Prices are very reasonable, outright cheap, especially considering the good quality. Funny detail is that there's a...

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  • An old Brewery

    The next evening we went to the Klosterstübl, near an old cloister where the monks had enjoyed their beer. It is called Zwickelbeer, again dark beer and again very, very good. This is a much better restaurant than the Dornspachhaus, a larger variety in food, including several vegetarian dishes and also some choices in meat, not just industry meat....

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Zittau Transportation

  • Train

    Zittau has pretty good train connections. Trains run frequently from/to Dresden, (Cottbus-) Görlitz and the Czech city Liberec. If you can, take a Regional Express (RE) which is much faster than the Regionalbahn (RB) - and doesn't stop at every tiny village.The Sachsen Ticket is good for this train trip from Dresden. Coming from Görlitz you would...

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  • Narrow-Gauge Steam Railway

    One of the nicest way to do the side trip to the mountains south of Zittau is to ride the narrow-gauge steam railway, which operates since 1890. This steam train starts right next to the main train station Zittau where the trains from/to Dresden, Görlitz and Liberec arrive/depart.The steam train runs in a half circle around the eastern part of...

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  • From Dresden to Zittau

    From Dresden you can take a regional train to Zittau which takes just under two hours. We used the "Sachsen ticket" for the day for 27 Euro (2008). Up to 5 people can travel on that ticket and the good thing is that it is also valid on public transport in the towns ie for trams etc in Dresden, Goerlitz and so on.We actually took such a regional...

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Zittau Local Customs

  • Zittauer Zwickle

    This was an unexpected but very pleasant surprise: Zittauer's Zwicklebier was lightly filtered with a massive head, somewhat resembling a weizen visually though nothing at all alike in flavor. This light bodied beer was quite hoppy with a clean finish. It was very refreshing and a great compliment to the local dishes we paired it with. It was so...

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  • Demonstrations

    As you may know the economy is weak in Germany at the moment. Last year the government decided to cut expenses for social security ... the reform was called Hartz IV.Demonstrations were starting all over Germany, especially in the East. Soon these demonstrations took place on Mondays - the organising folks (mostly unions and left parties) tried to...

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Zittau Warnings and Dangers

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    by christine.j Written May 17, 2008

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    Don't go to Zittau if you are afraid of crows. It's also not a good idea to watch the Hitchcock film "The Birds" shortly before a trip to Zittau.
    Never in my life have I seen so many crows, of heard so many! In fact, renaming Zittau Crow City would be a fitting name.
    I talked to one of the ladies in the museum about them and she said it was getting worse each year.
    Be very careful where you park your car and also watch closely when you walk underneath the trees. If there are too many white spots on the pavement, you may want to cross to the other side.

    A typical tree in ZIttau as well as this one

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Zittau What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. 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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Zittau Off The Beaten Path

  • Fleischbänke (butcher's stalls)

    Zittau is one of the few towns where the old butcher's stalls are still preserved. Granted, they were transfered from their original place in the back of the old town hall to their current place when the new town hall was built, but still ...They are now in Reichenberger Straße that leads from Rathaus square south. Access is also through a gateway...

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  • Old High School (Altes Gymnasium)

    The precedessor of the present "Christian Weise Gymnasium" (High School) in the Johanneum building was the so called "Alte Gymnasium", located at the square north of Johannis church. The school was founded in 1586, initiated by mayor Nikolaus von Dornspach in 1571 - the poor guy died 1580, thus couldn't see the opening of the school. The Gymnasium...

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  • Lion Fountain

    Walking from the train station to the old town you come across a fountain with a lion relief above on the left side of the street, just after a few steps. This lion monument was created in the 18th century for the outside of the city gate next to the Weber church. When the city gate was torn down in 1828 the relief was transferred to this present...

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Zittau Sports & Outdoors

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    by german_eagle Written Jul 22, 2005

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    A reason for me :-) to travel to Zittau is that my tennis team has a match there every other year.

    The tennis courts in Zittau are located in the Weinau-Park, next to the zoo and the brewery (see my restaurant tip!). It is always funny to play there - the animals in the zoo use to make quite a noise! In 2005 it happened that two pheasants appeared on the tennis courts ... we wondered what we might have for lunch :-))

    We won our match in 2005, which was very important for our team.

    The folks of the TC Zittau-Weinau are nice and if you are a tennis player you are always welcome for a match.

    Equipment: Better bring your own. You can rent in the sports shops in the city, though.

    The final double in 2005
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Zittau Favorites

  • Father aparently knows best

    Though the entire town was pretty devoid of tourists especially on this very chilly mid-week winter visit, once you got out of the center, you really had the place to yourself. The cemetery was particularly empty and was in the perfect position to reap the full benefits of the setting winter sun. Sometimes you lead and other times you follow. I...

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  • Where the hell am I

    One day I wanted to drive to Reichenberg (Liberec) (Czech Republic) for shopping and sight-seeing. I followed the signs towards Reichenberg and arrived the frontier. I just had to hold my ID card on the window and could pass. I was quite surprised that the Czechs had hoisted the Polish flag and road signs were written in Polish. I stopped to the...

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