Who would have known? The easternmost city in Germany is called Görlitz and is located in Upper Lusatia on the beautiful Neisse River.
Görlitz is one of the cities that was hardly damaged during the Second World War. Walking through the streets here, you can discover an architectural diversity that ranges from the Middle Ages to Art Nouveau. Many houses have been well restored, but there are still some empty imposing buildings that would like to be awakened from their slumber.
Görlitz has become famous as a film location due to its uniqueness in the film scene. “Görliwood” has been the setting for numerous productions that have used the existing architecture as a backdrop. Many national and international films have been shot here, including “The Reader”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Grand Budapest Hotel”.
Something else makes the city even more extraordinary. Today, the Neisse River forms the border between the Federal Republic of Germany and Poland. When Poland joined the EU in 2004, the Old Town Bridge, which now connects Görlitz with Zgorzelec in Poland, was reopened. Over the last few years, intensive cooperation has developed between the two cities and “small border traffic” is part of everyday life.
Görlitz’s location offers excellent opportunities for excursions into the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Zittau Mountains, the smallest low mountain range in Germany, which are ideal for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
The culinary scene in the town is characterized by inns, cafés and restaurants offering traditional dishes and modern interpretations of regional specialties. The proximity to Poland and the Czech Republic also means that you can easily find dishes from these countries, which further enriches the city’s culinary diversity.
Tips for excursions in Görlitz
The Görlitz Museum of Cultural History is a regional museum that is located in three buildings within the city limits: the Baroque House, the Kaisertrutz and the Reichenbach Tower. We took a look at the three quite different areas in the Kulturhistorisches Museum Görlitz and this much we can reveal in advance - it was…
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Travel information about Görlitz
The nearest commercial airports are in Dresden (100 km), Wroclaw in Poland (170 km) and Berlin-Brandenburg (195km).
Görlitz itself has a small airport that can be used by private and sports aircraft.
Görlitz railway station is located about one kilometre southwest of the old town. Inner-city trams and city buses leave from here.
The A4 motorway connects Dresden with Görlitz. From Cottbus you can reach the city via the federal road 115.
There are several long-distance bus lines from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic that go directly to Görlitz. The long-distance bus stop is located on the north side of the train station.
The Neisse cycle path runs through the town.
On the way in Görlitz
You can drive through the old town by car. There are some parking spaces and the traffic is quite quiet. The streets are often narrow and cobbled.
By public transport
The Görlitz public transport company provides local public transport with buses and trams.
The centre with its beautiful old town is not large and can easily be explored on foot.
There are a few bike rental stations in the city that also offer eBikes. You don’t see many bikes in the old town, but the Neisse cycle path is very popular.
Best time to travel
The average daily maximum temperature in the summer months is over 20°C, while the average nightly lows in the winter months range from 0 to -5°C.
On average, it rains most often in August, while February tends to be dry.