Greatest issues to do in Görlitz: The place to sleep, eat and drink

A metropolis with a tough previous, sophisticated current and unsure future Görlitz shouldn’t be town that might characteristic on most Germany itineraries. Nonetheless, should you do dig deep, it’s the sort of metropolis that finally may be very rewarding.  Alongside Meissen, Görlitz is the good day journey from Dresden and has sufficient sights to warrant an in a single day keep. To start with it’s a metropolis very easy on the attention and really stunning to stroll round. Architecturally, it is without doubt one of the most original cities in Europe. In the event you’re a film lover, particularly a fan of Wes Anderson, you’re in for a deal with. Plus there are few hidden cafes and bars that warrant a go to and your help. It’s all condensed into this information of the greatest issues to do in Görlitz . If you wish to study extra about my current journey to Gorlitz, checkout my earlier piece in regards to the metropolis. You probably have any questions, go away them within the feedback beneath or drop me an e mail. Thanks for studying and your continued help of the weblog!


1. Breakfast at Greatest Western Lodge By way of Regia

Begin the day with the very filling buffet breakfast on the 3 star Greatest Western Lodge By way of Regia the place I had checked within the night time earlier than. A very fashionable fashionable lodge, reasonably priced too plus only a brief strolling distance from the prepare station.

From home made bircher muesli to pure yoghurt and recent fruits, desserts and doughnuts to smoked salmon -there’s one thing for everybody within the lodge breakfast. Plus you have got limitless recent espresso, tea and juices. Liked the truth that lot of the gadgets have been regionally sourced-from the bread and rolls to the mustard and Bauernmettwurst ( from Bautzen)

2. Benefit from the structure

Strolling Görlitz is a time travellers dream. With over 4500 listed buildings, town is a timeline of all the foremost architectural kinds of the final 3-4 centuries: from Baroque to Renaissance to Neoclassical to Artwork Deco, the vary and magnificence of buildings is unbelievable.Each nook, each twist and also you’re in Babylon Berlin or 1920’s Paris – town is sort of a film set. The structure of Gorlitz is greatest appreciated on foot-Gorlitz is a really compact metropolis or to get a special perspective, climb to the highest of the Rathaus Tower.

3. Go to the Grand Budapest Lodge

One of many causes I used to be excited to go to Görlitz was to see the setting for the Grand Budapest Lodge- an deserted, Artwork Nouveau division retailer in Görlitz referred to as Görlitzer Warenhaus (An der Frauenkirche 5-7 )

Anderson discovered the house whereas location scouting for the film and promptly fell in love with its distinctive, historic structure. Due to the unbelievable privileges of my day job, we bought an complete hour to discover the constructing. Be aware: Despair not. You don’t should be a blogger or have 5 million klubeks to go to ‘The Grand Budapest Lodge’ -you can go to the constructing for FREE solely on Thursdays, Friday evenings solely.  There’s undoubtedly one thing a couple of film setting coming to life proper in entrance of your eyes. I recognise the beautiful stairways, elevators, and atrium of the constructing from the film. At one level, I attempt to cease taking images and maintain my telephone again in my pocket to soak all of it in. The truth that the constructing stays deserted and empty simply provides extra to the illicit appeal of visiting the place. Go to quickly although, the constructing has been acquired with plans to redevelop it right into a luxurious good retailer.

4. Go to the Untermarkt

The Untermarkt is the older of two market squares which might be to be present in Gorlitz. This a fantastic sq., that includes charming Renaissance buildings, cobblestone streets and overarching arcades. Eager film lovers can be aware of the sq. from motion pictures like The Grand Budapest Lodge and Across the World in 80 days ( with Jackie Chan ) It has a timeless feel and appear, very paying homage to Vienna or Paris. The magical environment of the sq. is enhanced by the odd busker and small cafes dotting the sq. the place you’ll discover a mixture of vacationers and locals having fun with a drink, or a chunk to eat.

The Untermarkt can also be host to festivals like Tippelmarkt and Altstadtfest. A few of the locations to go to in and across the Untermarkt are the Rathaus (city corridor), the Neues Rathaus, the Schonhof homes of the Silesian Museum, a Renaissance home in the midst of the Untermarkt referred to as the Waage, the Brauner Hirsch- a baroque city home and the ‘Whispering Arch’ or Flüsterbogen.

5. Rathaus-Take a tour of the tower of town corridor for the most effective views of Gorlitz

Positively take a tour of the tower of town corridor for the most effective views in Gorlitz. Town corridor tower or Rathausturm was constructed within the sixteenth century. It’s greatest characteristic is the panoramic view it offers onto the city of Gorlitz however aside from that it has intricate clocks, sundials and an organ piping lion for particular impact! There are two clocks within the tower: one is the moon section clock that’s a part of the lunar calendar and the opposite clock has the top of a warrior, eye rolling and protruding his tongue, each hour on the hour, set in the midst of the dial.

The City Corridor tour is out there from March to December and solely from Wednesday to Sunday. The designated assembly level is on the stairs of the City Corridor stairs, Untermarkt 6-8 (no reservation wanted) Excursions all the time run on the hour from 11am to 6pm. Length of the tour is 45 minutes. Payment for the tour for adults is €4 and for youngsters 6 to 14 years, the payment is €1,50

6. Lunch at Restaurant Destille

The Restaurant Destille is considered one of Gorlitz’s greatest eating places the place you’ll be able to eat all the things from lasagne, pasta, salads, steaks to extra conventional native dishes just like the well-known Schlesisches Himmelreich which is pork roast, ham, dumplings, and stewed fruit in a white sauce.


7. Go to the Silesian Museum of Gorlitz

Silesia was as soon as a culturally distinct nation with its personal historical past. Olden day Silesia was a part of current day Poland with small elements within the Czech Republic and Germany. Gorlitz was chosen as the placement for the museum celebrating Silesian historical past as a result of Gorlitz is Germany’s largest Silesian city. The City of Gorlitz donated the museum constructing – the Schonhof (Stunning Courtroom) and later a museum administration constructing Zum Goldenen Baum (The Golden Tree) was acquired. The everlasting assortment provides an excellent glimpse into the historical past of Silesia. Right here you’ll be able to view the humanities and crafts of the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Highlights from the gathering embrace geographical views of Silesia, artwork objects from the Riesengebirge. Donations from the Silesian folks abound right here. Cash, ceramic and different stunning artefacts will be seen right here.

Tackle: Untermarkt 4, 02826 Gorlitz, Germany

Hours: Tues-Thurs- 10am-5pm

Charges: Adults- €6, Concessions- €4


8. Whispering Arch” aka Flüsterbogen

Enjoyment of a spot of secret whispering across the Whispering Arch or Flüsterbogen within the Untermarkt of Gorlitz. Whisper candy nothings at one finish of the overhead arch and an individual positioned on the different finish of the arch is completely poised to pay attention in. It is a little piece of magic in Gorlitz that shouldn’t be missed.

Tackle: Untermarkt, 02826 Gorlitz, Germany

9. The Higher Lusatian Library of Sciences aka the Harry Potter Library of Gorlitz

Barely a couple of minutes stroll on Neißstraße 30 is one other attractive baroque house- The Kulturhistorisches Museum (cultural historical past museum) which homes the gorgeous Higher Lusatian Library of Sciences. The distinctive and exquisite library is organized with beech cabinets in the midst of the room, as an alternative of alongside the partitions. This provides the sensation and the grandeur of being on a stage and it actually takes your breath away. The library usually options on record of probably the most stunning libraries on the earth. It accommodates 40,000 volumes with quite a few rarities and treasures, together with medieval manuscripts and incunabula, which have been the earliest printed books earlier than 1501.

Necessities: The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday and admission is €5. Each Monday at 11am there may be guided tour of the library.

10. Cross the Neisse river into Poland

A brief stroll throughout the 200 toes extensive Altstadtbrücke (Previous City Bridge) will convey you to the opposite half of town, the Polish metropolis of Zgorzelec. The proximity of the 2 cities makes Görlitz a singular location the place you’ll be able to expertise two nations and cultures in a single place.The bridge solely turned absolutely accessible as late as 2007 when Poland gained accession to the EU. When you cross the bridge, indicators in a colorless font promoting low cost cigarettes and booze giveaway the truth that you at the moment are in Poland. A reasonably row of restored homes strains the riverbank on the Polish aspect. One among them bears the plaque of its most iconic resident, Görlitz’s most well-known son, Jacob Böhme, a thinker and Christian mystic born within the sixteenth century. The home has a Jacob Böhme exhibition the place you’ll be able to study extra about his life. Get pleasure from a symbolic Zywiec beer at one of many eating places lining the river. We selected Ristorante & Pizzeria Espresso-good costs and pleasant employees.

11. Espresso and cake at Cafe Herztstuck

Cafe Herzstück (Weberstraße 2 ) was considered one of my finds from the trip- very various cafe with a give attention to vegan and vegetarian delicacies plus nice espresso. On the floor it looks like some other regular, cosy cafe however my eye spots a row of Singer sowing machines. Apparently you’ll be able to come and hire the sowing machines by the hour. The cafe additionally organises e-book readings & live shows to praline chocolate making courses and desk soccer classes-there’s one thing for everybody right here.

bunch of guys drinking good beer in Gorlitz!

12. Beers at Brauerei Bierblume

Previously a brewery courting again to the 18th century, come and loosen up within the stunning internal courtyard the place you’ll discover locals on wood benches supping on their scrumptious home made beer in giant glass mugs-an oasis of calm and nice beer within the metropolis, undoubtedly make some extent to go to this brewery and say howdy to the pleasant Alex Klaus, the proprietor and brewer. Excellent place to finish your day in Gorlitz.


Important information

Fly into Berlin or Dresden after which take the prepare to Görlitz . Trains run incessantly between Dresden and Gorlitz ( €24, 1 to 1 1/2 hours) In case you are coming from Berlin , change in Cottbus ( €44, 2 1/2 hours )

The place to remain in Görlitz

Top-of-the-line offers on the town is the three star Best Western Hotel Via Regia the place you’ll be able to seize a personal rooms for as little as €70 an evening via

Lodge rooms are fashionable, extraordinarily snug and clear. The lodge serves a really beneficiant buffet breakfast. Solely minor disadvantage is the location- lodge is a 5 minute stroll from the station and a bit removed from the centre of city. Excellent when you’ve got a automobile.

One other wonderful finances possibility for {couples} or solo travellers is centrally situated Görlitz “Old Town” Europe Youth Hostel. Situated in a fantastic interval constructing. ( one of many grandest buildings on the square-it actually doesn’t like a hostel from outdoors ) the hostel has giant internal courtyard that’s good to loosen up in after a day of sightseeing, beneficiant buffet breakfast plus easy however snug rooms-altogether this hostel is an effective alternative should you’re on a decent finances. Room costs begin from €60 an evening for a double and embrace breakfast. A mattress in a multi mattress dorm begins from €25 per individual, per night time and consists of breakfast.


My keep in Görlitz was doable because of the help of the Saxony Tourism Board who invited me to find a few of the area’s lesser identified cities: Meissen, Görlitz and Bautzen. I’d wish to take the chance to let that whereas my journey was supported by the tourism board, the article and all of the views represented listed below are totally mine. Thanks for studying.