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"hi my name is Elvia and i would like to know more about Gorlitz, I'm fascinated with the city, never been there so my question is how to get there, I'm from San Francisco Ca, I don't want to go to a travel agency and ask that i want to hear it from a local, is there direct flights from San Francisco may be not but which airport take me to Gorlitz, does it has its own airport? please help may go one day soon thank you from California" (posted 08/20/2014)

Hi Elvira, my name is Joachim Bisch and I live in Görlitz since 1956. In my opinion you would have from San Francisco to Frankfurt am Main fly and then with a Innlandflug to Dresden. From Dresden to Görlitz (100 km) then you have to take the train. Although Görlitz has a small airfield, which can however be served only by private airplanes. Greetings from Görlitz Joachim Bisch
Answer provided by Joachim Bisch on 08/25/2014
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Hello Ms. Elvira, the nearest airport is Dresden Görlitz, 100km away from Görlitz. From Dresden you would have to take the train to go to Görlitz or by car, about 1 hour driving time. Greetings from Görlitz
Answer provided by Adelheid Graße on 08/23/2014
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Good day Mrs. Elvia, I am pleased that you are interested in our city Görlitz! It is a beautiful old town with medieval flair, but also a divided city. A large part in Germany, a small part in Poland. You can also see the difference in the two countries, although quite Görlitz / Zgorzelec is worth seeing. We look forward to your visit. But now to your actual question: I have researched - you must book to Dresden Airport and then by rental car on. I checked, there exists a route San Francisco - Dresden. Görlitz has only a small airfield for gliders. And with a rental car you are independent, to experience the many attractions in and around Görlitz. We would welcome a visit. Kind regards from Germany W. Schilling
Answer provided by Waltraud Schillings on 08/24/2014
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Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

"What else can you EVENTS evening (weekend) after 22 UHr?" (posted 07/22/2016)

In Görlitz Old Town, there are a lot of cozy pubs that are open until after midnight. In addition, bars and discos that you would then have to search out for the period in question exist.
Answer provided by Joachim Bisch on 07/23/2016
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

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"I will be visiting in May & would like to take a day trip to either Wroclaw or a small Czech cities. Are there any tours or is best to take a train. Thank you for your time. Jill" (posted 12/02/2016)

Hi Jill, Thank you for your request I will answer you like: trains to Wroclaw there. You can also take bus companies in various small towns travel (day trips). For example, the city Schleicher has day tours on the program. And the Trlex (railway enterprise) drives for example. Dresden / Görlitz / Wroclaw. I hope my information has helped you. A beautiful Christmas time. W. Shilling
Answer provided by Waltraud Schillings on 12/04/2016
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Hi Jill, there are other several times with minibuses (up to 8 people) a day to Poland and Czechoslovakia in Görlitz, a coach company. The bus company is called Christian Travel Görlitz.Ich send you the link. http://www.christianreisen.com/reiseangebote/tagesfahrten.html www.ferienwohnung-grasse-goerlitz.de Sincerely woman Graße from Görlitz
Answer provided by Adelheid Graße on 12/03/2016
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  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Görlitz
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    Roman Catholic Diocese of Görlitz

    The Diocese of Görlitz is a diocese of the Roman Catholic church in Germany. The current ordinary is Wolfgang Ipolt.

    Görlitz's territory covers the northeast of today's Saxony and the southeast of today's Brandenburg (Lower Lusatia). Comprising prevalently Protestant parts of a former large diocese, the Diocese of Görlitz is by far the smallest German diocese in terms of Catholic membership, thinly dispersed over the territory except for Wittichenau (Kulow).

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Görlitz Overview

Görlitz is a town in Germany on the Lusatian Neisse River, in the Bundesland (Federal State) of Saxony. It is opposite the Polish town of Zgorzelec, which was a part of Görlitz until 1945. Historically, Görlitz belongs to the region of Upper Lusatia and Silesia. Today it is the easternmost town in Germany. It is the capital of the district of Görlitz.

Today Görlitz and Zgorzelec, two towns on opposite banks of the narrow river, get along well. Two bridges have been rebuilt, a bus line connects the German and Polish parts of the town, and there is a common urban management, with annual joint sessions of both town councils.

The town has a rich architectural heritage (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Historicist, Art Nouveau), which was — in contrast to most other German cities — not destroyed during World War II. One example of this rich architectural heritage is the Schönhof, which is one of the oldest civil renaissance buildings in Germany.

In 2006 the twin city Görlitz/Zgorzelec applied to be the European City of Culture 2010. It was hoped that the concept of Polish-German cooperation would be sufficient to convince the jury, but Essen (Essen vacation rentals | Essen travel guide) won the award. Görlitz placed second. The campaign was renamed City of Culture to further German-Polish relations and to attract tourists from all over the world.

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Things to See in Görlitz

Reichenbacher Turm


Görlitzer City Library

Scultetus Observatory


Theater Görlitz

Cultural History Museum Görlitz

Görlitzer vintage Railroad Park

More about the History of Görlitz

Goreliz was first mentioned in a document from the King of Germany, and later Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV in 1071. This document granted Görlitz to the Diocese of Meissen (Meissen vacation rentals | Meissen travel guide), then under Bishop Benno of Meissen. Currently, this document can be found in the Saxony State Archives in Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide).

fter suffering for years in the Thirty Years' War, the region of Upper Lusatia (including Görlitz) was accorded to the Electorate of Saxony in 1635. After the Napoleonic Wars, the 1815 Congress of Vienna transferred the town from the Kingdom of Saxony to the Kingdom of Prussia. Görlitz was subsequently administered within the Province of Silesia, and, after World War I, the Province of Lower Silesia, until 1945.

Goerlitz is notable as the easternmost city in Germany, located in Saxony on the Neisse River. The city and its Polish partner city across the river were both once a single German city, which belonged to the state of Silesia. In 1945, the Allied Powers forever changed this city by running the new border between Germany and Poland down the Neisse, which flowed through the center of the city. Despite this division, the city has fared well in recent years, and it was even named a 2006 City of Culture by the European Union. Goerlitz was not significantly destroyed in World War II, and today the city is becoming renowned for its rich architectural heritage. The city scape is a lovely, authentic blend of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles. One of the city's buildings, Schoenhof, is one of the oldest civic Renaissance buildings in all of Germany, dating from 1526. Another structure worth viewing is the so-called Biblical House on Neisse Street, the facade of which is decorated with various scenes from the Old and New testaments. Filmmakers have begun flocking to Goerlitz to shoot their movies against the city's streets; scenes in Inglorious Bastards, The Reader, and The Grand Budapest Hotel were all shot here. For those interested in the now vanished Silesian culture, the Silesian Museum and the Silesian Music Festival are worth mentioning. One does not need to travel far from Goerlitz to find other places to visit. Bautzen, the cultural capital city of the Sorbian ethnic minority, is only about 30 miles to the West. And Bad Muskau, home to the Prince Pueckler Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is also only 30 miles north.

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