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

A metropolis with a tough previous, difficult current and unsure future Görlitz isn’t the town that may function on most Germany itineraries. Nonetheless, in case you do dig deep, it’s the form of metropolis that finally may be very rewarding.  Alongside Meissen, Görlitz is the excellent 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 likely one of the most unusual cities in Europe. When 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 assist. 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 concerning the metropolis. When you have any questions, go away them within the feedback beneath or drop me an electronic mail. Thanks for studying and your continued assist 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 evening earlier than. A extremely trendy fashionable resort, inexpensive too plus only a quick strolling distance from the prepare station.

From selfmade bircher muesli to pure yoghurt and recent fruits, truffles and doughnuts to smoked salmon -there’s one thing for everybody within the resort breakfast. Plus you’ve limitless recent espresso, tea and juices. Beloved the truth that lot of the gadgets had been domestically 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, the town is a timeline of all the most important architectural kinds of the final 3-4 centuries: from Baroque to Renaissance to Neoclassical to Artwork Deco, the vary and elegance of buildings is unimaginable.Each nook, each twist and also you’re in Babylon Berlin or 1920’s Paris – the 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 unique 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 known 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. Because of the unbelievable privileges of my day job, we acquired an complete hour to discover the constructing. Word: Despair not. You don’t must 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 positively one thing a few 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 preserve 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 attraction 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 can be to be present in Gorlitz. This a stupendous sq., that includes charming Renaissance buildings, cobblestone streets and overarching arcades. Eager film lovers will likely be conversant in the sq. from films 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 ambiance 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 known 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 the town corridor for one of the best views of Gorlitz

Positively take a tour of the tower of the town corridor for one of the best views in Gorlitz. The town corridor tower or Rathausturm was constructed within the sixteenth century. It’s greatest function is the panoramic view it offers onto the city of Gorlitz however other than 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 pinnacle 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 obtainable 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 at all times run on the hour from 11am to 6pm. Period of the tour is 45 minutes. Price for the tour for adults is €4 and for youngsters 6 to 14 years, the price is €1,50

6. Lunch at Restaurant Destille

The Restaurant Destille is one in all Gorlitz’s greatest eating places the place you may eat the whole lot 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 situation 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 (Lovely Courtroom) and later a museum administration constructing Zum Goldenen Baum (The Golden Tree) was acquired. The everlasting assortment affords a great glimpse into the historical past of Silesia. Right here you may 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 could be seen right here.

Deal with: 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 hear in. This can be a little piece of magic in Gorlitz that shouldn’t be missed.

Deal with: 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 beautiful baroque house- The Kulturhistorisches Museum (cultural historical past museum) which homes the beautiful Higher Lusatian Library of Sciences. The distinctive and exquisite library is organized with beech cabinets in the midst of the room, as a substitute of alongside the partitions. This offers the sensation and the grandeur of being on a stage and it actually takes your breath away. The library typically options on record of essentially the most stunning libraries on this planet. It comprises 40,000 volumes with quite a few rarities and treasures, together with medieval manuscripts and incunabula, which had 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 ft broad Altstadtbrücke (Previous City Bridge) will convey you to the opposite half of the town, the Polish metropolis of Zgorzelec. The proximity of the 2 cities makes Görlitz a novel location the place you may expertise two international locations and cultures in a single place.The bridge solely grew to become totally 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 are actually in Poland. A fairly row of restored homes traces the riverbank on the Polish facet. One in all 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 may 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 one in all 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 as if another regular, cosy cafe however my eye spots a row of Singer sowing machines. Apparently you may come and lease the sowing machines by the hour. The cafe additionally organises ebook readings & concert events 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 relationship again to the 18th century, come and loosen up within the stunning internal courtyard the place you’ll discover locals on picket benches supping on their scrumptious selfmade beer in giant glass mugs-an oasis of calm and nice beer within the metropolis, positively make a degree to go to this brewery and say hiya to the pleasant Alex Klaus, the proprietor and brewer. Good place to finish your day in Gorlitz.


Important details

Fly into Berlin or Dresden after which take the prepare to Görlitz . Trains run continuously 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

Among the best offers on the town is the three star Best Western Hotel Via Regia the place you may seize a personal rooms for as little as €70 an evening via

Lodge rooms are fashionable, extraordinarily snug and clear. The resort serves a really beneficiant buffet breakfast. Solely minor downside is the location- resort is a 5 minute stroll from the station and a bit removed from the centre of city. Good in case you have a automobile.

One other glorious finances possibility for {couples} or solo travellers is centrally situated Görlitz “Old Town” Europe Youth Hostel. Positioned in a stupendous 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 excellent to loosen up in after a day of sightseeing, beneficiant buffet breakfast plus easy however snug rooms-altogether this hostel is an efficient alternative in case you’re on a good 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 particular person, per evening and consists of breakfast.


My keep in Görlitz was potential because of the assist 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 prefer to take the chance to let you understand that whereas my journey was supported by the tourism board, the article and all of the views represented listed here are completely mine. Thanks for studying.