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maidenhead
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Day trip

We will be going to Gorlitz for a day trip in december. What can you recommend that we visit, will there be a christmas market and is it worth going over the bridge into poland. Also any nice places for lunch.

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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1. Re: Day trip

There is a Christmas market - a small but really atmospheric one with local specialities. However, check if the dates coincide with your visit because it is on for only 10 days, this year it's Dec 7 - 16.

You may want to have a look at my Görlitz travel page over on Virtualtourist: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/eb77/

Bautzen, Germany
posts: 810
2. Re: Day trip

There are no important individual sights in Görlitz, the whole city is the sight. It's a completely preserved town which shows the architectural development from a medieval trading town to a popular retirement place for Prussian officers. The different architectural styles are like onion rings. Around the train station you see lots of Gründerzeit buildings from the 19th century (and the best preserved department store from the Wilhelminian era), the following Obermarkt is partly shaped by Baroque buildings, the street to the Untermarkt and the Untermarkt itself offer very valuable Renaissance buildings, and the area around St. Peter and Paul is Gothic.

So, simply stroll around, the town isn't that big. Two things that get easily overlooked however are the Nikolaiviertel and the Holy Grave. The Nikolaiviertel to the north of the old town is the oldest part of Görlitz, and the cemetery with many graves from the Baroque era is very atmospheric. The Holy Grave from the 16th century is a copy of the original in Jerusalem and the first European try in landscaping.

The Polish side is, historically, just a suburb of Görlitz. They currently reconstruct a historic square opposite the German old town, and there is a Wilheminian building that looks like the Reichstag in small, which was once the Upper Lusatian "pantheon" and now serves different purposes. But you must walk quite a bit to see it.

Lunch can be very interesting in Görlitz. Many restaurants are in buildings from the 15th to 19th century, with preserved interiors. And in some restaurants you can try Silesian cuisine, which you can't get anywhere else since Silesia became part of Poland after WW2 and these traditions were lost. Silesian and in a Renaissance building is "Zum Flyns", behind the 19th expansion of the town hall. Just around the corner is the "Dreibeiniger Hund", also quite popular. "Lucie Schulte" on the Untermarkt is also popular. A nice café is the Café 1900, with Jugendstil interior. But the quality of the restaurants is more or less the same, I would simply select one close to the Untermarkt that looks like it has a preserved interior (most there have).

maidenhead
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3. Re: Day trip

Thanks a lot, that,s very helpfull, looking forward to the day trip.

Dresden
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4. Re: Day trip

Another page on Görlitz: members.virtualtourist.com/m/4166c/eb77/

An outstanding individual sight is - as Martin pointed out - the Holy Sepulchre. Another one is the main parish church, St. Peter and Paul. Try to catch an organ recital, in winter only after the service on Sunday at noon, but watch out for concerts. Well worth your time would be the Silesian museum (also for the building) and the Baroque house museum Neißstraße/corner Untermarkt square.

I was in Görlitz just last week and saw that the pseudo-old townhouses on the Polish side of the old town are almost completed. It looks weird IMO. But walk across the bridge and take a photo of St. Peter and Paul church - very impressive.

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