10 Things to Do in Zgorzelec That You Shouldn't Miss

September 23, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Zgorzelec [zɡɔˈʐɛlɛt͡s] ( listen) (German: Görlitz, Upper Sorbian: Zhorjelc, Czech: Zhořelec) is a town in south-western Poland with 32,322 inhabitants (2012). It lies in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Jelenia Góra Voivodeship). It is the seat of Zgorzelec County, and also of the smaller district of Gmina Zgorzelec (although it is not part of the territory of the latter, as the town is an urban gmina in its own right). Zgorzelec is located on the Lusatian Neisse river, on the post-1945 Polish-German Neisse border adjoining the German town of Görlitz, of which it constituted the eastern part up to 1945.
Restaurants in Zgorzelec

An der Peterskirche, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 4287000
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Peterskirche Gorlitz

Reviewed By Andrew O - Paphos, Cyprus

I went to see the famous Sun Organ and was not disappointed. It cost €1,500,000 to refurbish it recently and it looks magnificent so I couldn't resist making a small contribution. Unfortunately there was no performance that day but I will return to bear this huge beast!

2. Stadnina Studniska - Carriage Day Tours

Studniska Dolne, Zgorzelec 59-900, Poland +48 798 057 544
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5 based on 3 reviews

Stadnina Studniska - Carriage Day Tours

We are an Australian Family living in Poland Located on the German border, We offer unique Carriage Tours of Bohemia and Lusatia, day trips and 2hr journeys...meandering through the scenic Polish countryside.You can visit a historical Palace or come on a short tour for morning or afternoon tea to a beautiful Polish Restaurant.

Reviewed By Michelle B - Sawtell, Australia

I highly recommend these day tours!We traveled as a family from Australia to stay at Stadnina Studniska, in a self contained apartment there. During our stay we went on many carriage drives around the beautiful polish countryside. It was a wonderful way to see the country ,smell the air and take in the scenery. Simply a photographer's paradise. The locals would come to the roadside when they hear the clip clop of the horses and wave, and one man engaged us in a deep conversation... in Polish ...of which I dont speak.. but it was awesome to be that personal.The historic old buildings were fascinating, undulating fields babbling brooks. Worth every cent! Gary our driver and guide was very informative and told us lots of historical snipits and helped us to understand the Polish culture a little. Great for kids (we stopped at the ice-cream shop) as well as adults.

3. Landskron Braumanufaktur

An der Landskronbrauerei 116, 02826, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 465142
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5 based on 83 reviews

Landskron Braumanufaktur

Reviewed By ConnessT - California

My husband and I had a trip planned to Goerlitz and as part of that, made arrangements to have a tour led by an English speaking tour guide while visiting the Landskron Brewery. Normally, the tours are in German, so if your visit is more spur of the moment you will likely be joining a tour conducted in German. We enjoyed both the tour itself, as well as our tour guide's interest and knowledge about the brewing process. At the end of the tour, there was a beer tasting, which of course we enjoyed, too! The couple of hours we spent there was a fun and different kind of activity.

4. Naturschutz Tierpark Gorlitz

Zittauer Strasse, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 407400
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Naturschutz Tierpark Gorlitz

Reviewed By JeromeHD - on the road

A small zoo that can easily fill a day visit with kids. There are no 'exotic' animals like elephants or lions but lots of opportunities for petting or feeding and red pandas and otters which are very cute. You can ride donkeys or ponies and even camels if you pre-book. They have a Tibetan village with recreated houses and typical animals. Food options a bit limited so remember to bring something.

5. Schlesisches Museum Gorlitz

Untermarkt und Bruderstrasse, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 87910
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Schlesisches Museum Gorlitz

Reviewed By Laleh2008 - Basel, Switzerland

Very well curated permanent exhibit in a lovely location that also provides a very nice overview of the main city attractions as it has some lovely views. When I was there, they had a rotating exhibit on Art Deco in Silesia which was ok but if you have 20 minutes to kill, why not go see it. It's small and gives you an overview.

6. Historischer Nikolaifriedhof

Grosse Wallstrasse, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 315864
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Historischer Nikolaifriedhof

Reviewed By Bryan N

I love Cemeteries, but I have never been in one where the oldest person laid to rest was sometime in the 1300s! Just walking through the grounds is a study in how our culture has changed its burial rituals over the years. Stop and look into the mausoleums and see some of the ornate carvings that were done. Some are beautiful and very creepy.

7. Heiliges Grab

Heilige-Grab-Strasse, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany +49 3581 315864
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Heiliges Grab

Reviewed By Tanyajn1 - Sterling, Virginia

The grounds are lovely and quite serene. It was built as a replica to the holy tomb in Jerusalem. A booklet is available in English to use while you are there, however the translation is slightly off making it a bit confusing. It was only a 2€ admission fee and opens at 10am.

Obermarkt, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany
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Dreifaltigkeitskirche

Reviewed By cashelguy - Cudahy, Wisconsin

This church is from 1245, but it has been renovated so many times it is a decorative and architectural hodgepodge. The thing one must see here is the 15th century Marienaltar. This beautiful, pre-Reformation altarpiece depicts scenes from the life of Mary and Jesus.
Entry to the church is free.

9. Biblisches Haus

Neissstrasse, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany
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Biblisches Haus

Reviewed By cashelguy - Cudahy, Wisconsin

This 16th century home has sand stone reliefs that tell stories from the Old and New Testaments. The top row depicts major events from the life of Christ: The Annunciation, the birth of Jesus, Jesus' Baptism, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion. The bottom row has The Creation, The Fall, the sacrifice of Isaac, the Ten Commandment, and Moses banishing the serpents.
The house is beautiful and on a lovely street. Since the cost is zero, you've got nothing to lose.

10. Zwinger

Am Nikolaigraben, Gorlitz, Saxony, Germany
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Zwinger

Reviewed By Tanyajn1 - Sterling, Virginia

Zwinger is the walkway between the inner and outer walls of the old city. It has been turned into a garden walkway beginning at Nikoliaturm and ending behind Peterskirche.

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