Zgorzelec Travel Guide

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    river Neisse - the frontier
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Zgorzelec Things to Do

  • City Hall

    The town hall of Zgorzelec is a former residential house from the late 19th century un the corner ul. Warszawska / ul. Boleslawa Domanskiego. The style must be defined as neo-renaissance, some elements like the gables and the tower-like oriels recall Saxon palaces of the 16th and 117th century. The triangular ground enforced the shape with the...

  • Art Nouveau Architecture

    Not only Görlitz, also Zgorzelec has its share of Jugendstil (art nouveau) architecture. Architects were working all over town before World War I, we find architecture of the same quality as over in Görlitz. Some of the art nouveau houses are already well restored. Keep your eyes open. They might not be spectacular, nevertheless they are a...

  • Miejski Dom Kultury

    The building in the park south of the town centre was erected in 1898 - 1902 as the Oberlausitzer Ruhmeshalle (Upper Lusatian Glory Hall) and Emperor-Friedrich-Museum. The purpose of the building was the glorification of the Emperors Wilhelm I and Friedrich. The architect was Hugo Behr. The huge dome was designed after the model of the Reichstag...

  • Jacob Böhme House

    The philosopher and mysticist Jacob Böhme, one of the most famous citizens of Renaissance Görlitz, owned his house in the suburb beyond the river. He lived here from 1590 to 1610. More about Jacob Böhme in WikipediaThe house by the river front is well restored. It is now a museum that tells about Böhme's life and work. The house next door has also...

  • The Mill and the Mural

    Looking over from Görlitz, the most striking landmark is the concrete complex of the mill by the river. It is still known by its German name Dreiradenmühle. Its silo tower is standing next to the pedestrian bridge. Visitors are greeted by a large mural on the silo: an abstract head in red, blue and vellow. I admit I have not yet figured out its...

  • View of Old Görlitz

    Even if you have little time and don't want to venture far - crossing the pedestrian bridge over to Zgorzelec is a must, if only for the view. From the Polish side you have the best panoramic view of old Görlitz, with the Church of St Peter and Paul as a crown in the skyline. A photo opportunity that should not be missed.

  • Ignacego Daszynskiego - River Front

    The row of houses along the river front next to Altstadtbrücke is about all that is left of Görlitz's old suburb on the right Neiße bank. Some of those houses are baroque or even older and well restored. They shine in bright colours now.Better enjoy the nice facades and overlook the not so nice ones, the cheap tobacco shops and the red light...

  • Dom Kultury

    The "Oberlausnitzer Ruhmeshalle" is now called Dom Kultury and is a most prestigious building. It was built from 1898 until 1902 in honor of Prussian achievements of the first kaiser, Kaiser Wilhelm I and his son Kaiser Friedrich III. On 28th November 1902 the building was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm the Second.Today it's used as a museum and for...

  • Park

    Around the Dom Kultury you find two parks/squares. The first one is Priest Jerzy Popieluszko square where you will find a rock monument to Zgorzelec/Goerlitz as a Europe city. In March the park was pretty bleak but some old men chatted standing there and feeding the pigeons. The big park is called after Andrezeja Blachanca.In summer it could be...

  • St. Bonifacius church

    On the 11th May 1930 this Catholic church was consecrated by Cardinal Adolf Bertram from Wroclaw. It belonged to the Goerlitzer Holy Cross congregation and was a garrison church. In 1940 the archdiocese from Wroclaw took over.

  • Jakob Boehme house

    Today the Goerlitzer are not too happy that the house of the philosopher Jakob Boehme is on the Polish side. You can visit the house as it is a museum. He lived from 1599 until 1610 in this house with his wife. His first three sons were born here too. He bought the house for 300 Mark and sold it in 1608 for 330 Mark but continued living in it for...

  • Post square

    The post square or Plac Pocztowy in Polish is currently a construction site. It is situated opposite the Old Town bridge or Most Staromiejski. They plan to reconstruct various old houses and give it an old look from bygone times. What you can see is the about 5 meter tall distance pole or rather a copy of the 1725 postal sign post which was...

  • Old town bridge

    Already in 1298 there was a wooden bridge over the Neisse river. In 1907 a bridge of stone was built but this was destroyed on 7th May 1945 by the German Army. In 2004 the current bridge was built which is 82,5 meters long.The Old Town bridge is for pedestrians and bicycles only. The frontier is in the middle of the river. If you are sightseeing in...

  • Pope John Paul II bridge

    When you travel by car you will come across the Pope John Paul II bridge. On both ends you will find a monument to him in Polish on the Polish side and in German on the German side.

  • Town Hall

    On your walk you may encounter the Town Hall of Zgorzelec. It's located on Warsaw Road opposite a hotel.


Zgorzelec Hotels

  • Zagroda Kolodzieja

    Aleje Lipowe 1, Zgorzelec, 59-900, Poland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Jan

    J?drzychowice 98, Zgorzelec, 59-900, pl

Zgorzelec Transportation

  • John Paul Bridge for Cars

    Cars have to use the bridge further upstream from the old town, which used to be known as Stadtbrücke. In 2006 it has been renamed after Pope John Paul II. This border crossing has been in use already in DDR times. There is still a border control or customs station, which also seemed manned, but thanks to Schengen there are no controls any...

  • Altstadtbrücke for Pedestrians and Bikes

    From the old town of Görlitz and from the Neiße bike trail pedestrians and cyclists can cross the river on the new Altstadtbrücke (Old Town Bridge). Neißstraße leads down from Untermarkt to the head of the bridge.This new bridge has been built in a historical location. Already in the middle ages a wooden bridge connected Görlitz with the suburb...

  • By train

    Zgorzelec has two train stations. The Hp. Zgorzelec Miasto is the main one. In therory you can catch a train from Goerlitz to Zgorzelec but it's not that convenient and they don't run very often.There is a train from Goerlitz to Wroclaw stopping in Zgorzelec. So maybe if you come from within Poland then getting off here may be an option and then...


Zgorzelec Local Customs

  • Christmas Trees in the Streets

    In a couple of places I spotted these Christmas trees. They had no lights on them but were decorated with large bows in many colours. They added a little colour to a grey town on a grey day.

  • Border poles

    All along the Neisse river you will see border poles. The red/white ones are the Polish ones. Each has a number and the flag, if they were not stolen. On the German side of the river you will see the equivalents in black/red/yellow.

  • Easter punnets

    When we wandered around Zgorzelec on Easter Sunday we saw all these people passing by with Easter punnets. We found out that they take them to the church - maybe for a blessing ?


Zgorzelec Warnings and Dangers

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    When entering Poland by car, make sure you know the rules. It is compulsory to drive with your lights on even during the day!

    The sign on the photo is easily overseen especially nowadays as you don't have to stop at the border for formalities anymore because of Schengen.

    read this sign!
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Zgorzelec Favorites

  • Renovated houses

    Zgorzelec together with neighbouring Goerlitz applied to be a culture capital of Europe in 2010. Although they didn't get chosen the renovation certainly started and will hopefully finish one day too.

  • Socialist architecture

    Actually a lot of the town was built in socialist times. It makes a good contrast to the old buildings from former times when Zgorzelec was part of Goerlitz.

  • Zgorzelec Hotels

    2 Hotels in Zgorzelec

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