Grand Budapest Görlitz

I recently had a tour of the Brauner Hirsch (brown elk) in Görlitz, a massive former hotel on the Untermarkt that is now a popular filming location. Görlitz has acquired the nickname Görliwood because it’s featured so frequently in films. I always knew that the Kaufhaus in Görlitz was featured in the film The Grand … Read more

Churches of Görlitz

Some of the most beautiful and memorable sights in Görlitz are its churches! Görlitz has four beautiful pre-Reformation churches near the old town and several more in other neighborhoods: Peterskirche The most well-known church in Görlitz is the Peterskirche (Church of St. Peter and Paul), which towers over the Neiße river, its twin spires giving the … Read more

Frauenkirche – Churches in Görlitz

The Frauenkirche in Görlitz sits right in the center of the city, surrounded by the tram, the famous Kaufhaus and a shopping center. It wasn’t always in such a crowded spot, however. When the church was first built in the 1300s, it was outside of the city walls. The Frauenkirche is the youngest of the … Read more

Peterskirche – Churches in Görlitz

The St. Peter and Paul Church is the most recognizable structure in Görlitz, towering over the Neiße and dominating the city’s silhouette with its twin spires. I’ve been fortunate enough to live directly across the street from this impressive structure – I get to listen to the church bells ringing to call people to services … Read more

Nikolaikirche – Churches in Görlitz

The Nikolaikirche is a church northwest of the old town in Görlitz named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants. The church is just around the corner from the home we are renovating in the quiet neighborhood of Nikolaivorstadt. It sits at the foot of the historic Nikolaifriedhof graveyard and the larger city cemetery. It’s … Read more

Karl May Fest in Radebeul

When I heard on the radio that there was a Karl May Fest in Radebeul (about an hour away from Görlitz) and was promised that it would have “echte Indianer” (real Indians!) I couldn’t resist the temptation to check it out. Naturally, being from Arizona, I have seen real Native Americans and this ad on the … Read more

Dreifaltigkeitskirche – Churches in Görlitz

Dreifaltigkeit means trinity in German and this church is situated on the Obermarkt in Görlitz. In fact, it’s the oldest structure on the square, having survived all of the devastating city fires that swept through the Obermarkt throughout the city’s history. To be honest, when I first saw the outside of this church I wasn’t … Read more

Holy Grave Replica in Görlitz

This monument in Görlitz is a replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Located in the Nikolaivorstadt, it’s about a ten minute walk from the old town. The Heiliges Grab was built around 1500 by Georg Emmerich (1422-1507), the son of a wealthy merchant in Görlitz. When he was young he “fell in love” with … Read more

Graveyards in Görlitz

Call me crazy, but I love wandering around old graveyards. Lucky for me, we will be living just minutes from a really beautiful one – it’s just around the corner from the home we are renovating in the Nikolaivorstadt, a quiet neighborhood northwest of the old town. Here’s why you should spend the day wandering around … Read more

Birds’ Wedding – Sorbian Traditions

The city of Görlitz lies in Lusatia – a region that is found in the area where Germany, Poland and Czechia meet and is home to the ethnic group of Lusatian Sorbs. They speak their own language (Wendish) which is officially recognized as a minority language in Germany. In nearby cities like Bautzen, Wendish is … Read more