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Görlitz Travel Guide: 271 reviews and 959 photos

Görlitz is a still widely unknown jewel. The city looks back on a history of almost 1000 years.

The city centre is a picture book of architecture from medieval to modern times. The oldest houses were built in Gothic style, but you find numerous examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture as well. In addition Görlitz owns one of the largest "Gründerzeit" quarters of Germany. Excellent samples of Jugendstil decorated houses mix up with Historism (Neorenaissance etc.) style buildings.

The best thing is Görlitz was not destroyed in WWII. All these wonderful houses, however, were in bad condition when the wall came down. Soon the administration recognised the importance of this unique architectural ensemble and provided great help (both money and know-how) for restoration.

The process of restoration is not finished yet. But from the pictures you can see that a huge part of the work is already done.

Beside the magnificent architecture in the town you should not miss the beautiful countryside and other sights in the surrounding. Görlitz itself provides nice gardens for recreation, and the Upper Lausitz hills and the Zittau mountains are not far away.

The quaint villages with their "Umgebindehäuser" (a sort of half-timbered houses) in the surrounding are always worth a visit.

  • Last visit to Görlitz: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2011
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  • 68maciek's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    A nice piece of information about fanatastic, old and so touristic town ( the part on the German side of the river).

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Hello Ingo, I've just been reading the new tips and updates that you have added to this page since October 2010. Beautiful photos and informative texts, as always.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Great updates here! Wouldn't mind returning one day in warm weather as we have only been in March that time.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Ingo, great new restaurant tip here. I had to re-read teh other restuarant tips as well. Now I am off for lunch as I I am quite hungry. *winkygrin*

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you Ingo for the excellent lesson in architecture! Unfortunately I missed Heiliges Grab when visited Görlitz and didn't go along the way of the cross (local "via Dolorosa"). May be next time...

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Lots of new inspiration for the next visit!!!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    What an interesting location and excellent tips & pics ! ...and lots of great updates since my last visit to this page !

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    This is one of the towns we plan to spend a little time to see the architecture and other nice things. YOu did a splendid job of describing the sites, and pictures are wonderful

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    A true jewel! I'm off there next month (and Dresden as well).

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2006 at 8:53 AM

    My god, Görlitz is so beautiful, I would never have imagined such a gem in Germany (all other towns should run and hide..). It will be a MUST for me, preferrably on Heritage day :-)) (I was in Speyer this year, also unforgettable!)

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