Jonsdorf – Mountain Spa Town

Jonsdorf, a cute little village located in the Zittau Mountains known as a Luftkurort – literally an “air spa”, is a town that has been declared a health resort for its good air and climate which are considered beneficial for the relaxation, restoration and health of its visitors. These locations are awarded this title after … Read more

Joachimstein Water Palace

This forgotten and neglected water palace was once one of the most beautiful in the region, designed and built by the same architects who worked on some of the masterpieces of Baroque architecture in Dresden. Today it lies hidden and empty just across the border in Poland. August the Strong was Elector of Saxony and … Read more

Markersdorf

Markersdorf is an unassuming place with surprising ties to important historical figures and events. The idyllic little village lies just to the west of Görlitz in Upper Lusatia. At the foot of the Landeskrone mountain, the village is arranged along the little Weißer Schöps river, part of the Elbe river system.   The village was … Read more

Hiking in Löbau

Löbau is a city in Saxony and Upper Lusatia, about 25 km southwest of Görlitz. It can be reached easily by train or bus. With a population of about 15,000 people, the city lies between the slopes of the Löbauer Berg and the Upper Lusatian mountains. The double peaks of the Löbauer Berg (447 m … Read more

Hiking in Hejnice

hejnice pilgrimage hike oresnik basilica

Hejnice (German: Haindorf) is a small town of about 2,600 people in the Liberec district located at the northern slopes of the Jizera Mountains in the valley of the river Smědá and an important place of Catholic pilgrimage because of an old legend and the basilica there. About 40 km from Görlitz, the beautiful basilica, as … Read more

Bunzlau – Day Trips in Poland

Bolesławiec (Bunzlau in German), is located on the Bóbr River in southwestern Poland in Lower Silesia, about an hour’s train ride from Görlitz. Given the title “Miasto Ceramiki” (or Town of Ceramics), the city of Bolesławiec has about 40,000 inhabitants and is world-famous for its long-standing pottery-making tradition. Although many people come to Bolesławiec for pottery, visitors … Read more

Frýdlant – Day Trips in Czechia

I continue to be amazed by the many interesting and beautiful places that surround Görlitz, and Frýdlant in Czechia is no exception. We recently had a friend from the U.S. visiting us and he wanted to “check off” as many countries from his bucket list as possible. I told him that Görlitz was the perfect … Read more

Day Trip to Großschönau

Großschönau Mandau Fachwerk river

This article originally appeared in the digital magazine Görlitz Town and Country in August 2018 One of my favorite things to do since moving to Görlitz is to take little day trips to explore my new home & all of its surroundings. I am always on the lookout for a new location to “discover”, so … Read more

Jelenia Góra – Day Trips in Poland

town hall square historic colorful houses poland jelenia góra hirschberg

Jelenia Góra is a city in Poland that’s only about an hour and forty minutes away from Görlitz by train – perfect for a day or weekend trip! The Lower Silesian city (called Hirschberg in German, which means deer mountain) funnily enough is not on a mountain, but in a valley surrounded by mountains that run … Read more

Legnica – Day Trips in Poland

Legnica, Poland came as very pleasant surprise to us. We recently attended a wedding in a small village called Słup, Poland. The only lodging we could find online was in the nearby city of Legnica about thirty minutes away (pronounced like Leg-neetz-ah), so we booked the Qubus Hotel Legnica. After a quick check online I … Read more