Germany Trip Plan:
14 Days In Gablenz

Germany trip plan: 14 Days In Gablenz
Gablenz church
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Spend 14 days in and around Gablenz.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 14 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Dresden Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Spend 14 days in and around Gablenz.

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Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Bad Muskau

Day 1: Bad Muskau
Bad Muskau Neue Schloss
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 Visit of old and new castles with museum. Since 2004, the 840 hectare big Fürst-Pückler-Park and the rebuilt castle have been world cultural heritage. The park is located on both sides of the river Neisse (which forms the border with Poland). Since 2003, its two halves have been connected by bridges (Doppelbrücke, i.e. Double Bridge, and Englische Brücke, English Bridge). Right in the park, carriage rides are offered, and it’s also possible to take a carriage from Gablenz through the park. Then, there are two horseriding stables in Gablenz, where it’s possible to ride horseback or on a carriage. It’s also possible to go from Gablenz to Bad Muskau on bike.


Day 2: Gablenz – Kromlau - Schleife

Day 2: Gablenz – Kromlau - Schleife
Rakotzbrücke
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 Walk through the biggest outdoor acalee and rhododendron park in Germany, where the little castle, the Cavalier’s House (also called Schweitzer Haus) and the Rakotzbrücke bridge are located. One can continue to Schleife and pay a visit to the Sorbian Culture Center, which informs about this ethnic minority in Germany.


Day 3: Görlitz

Day 3: Görlitz
Görlitz
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 Plan one or more days for Görlitz. It is a divided city, part of which is on the other side of the Neisse, in Poland, part on German soil. The old city in Germany was rebuilt beautifully, the way it had historically looked and is well-worth a visit. Even film directors and actors from the USA have discovered it as a great location. Grand Hotel Budapest has just been filmed here, The Reader (with Kate Winslet) was shot here a while ago.


Day 4: Weißwasser

Day 4: Weißwasser
Glasmuseum
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 Spend a day in Weisswasser, visit the animal park and the Glass Museum, and go for a walk through the town. Right at the edge of the city, there is an active aboveground mine for brown coal. At its edge stands a tower built there to provide views of the industry. From Weisswasser, the forest train Bad Muskau goes to Gablenz, Kromlau, and Bad Muskau; its trains run either on diesel or on steam.


Day 5: Branitz Park and Castle (Cottbus)

Day 5: Branitz Park and Castle (Cottbus)
Branitzer Park
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 This park is another heritage of Fürst Pückler. On a small island in the middle of a lake here, there stands the lake pyramid in which he found his final resting place.


Day 6: Findlingspark Nochten

Day 6: Findlingspark Nochten
Findlingspark Nochten
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 The Findlingspark Nochten is unique in Europe. Foundlings that came to light while coal mining were deposited here, arranged and decorated. The around 6000 rocks were placed with great care, but left to be as they got shaped when they were moved all the way from Scandinavia to the Lausitz during the last Ice Age. Afterward, one can drive on to the Bärwalder See, a lake which used to be a coal mine.


Day 7: Museum of Crafts Sagar and Adventure Bath Krauschwitz

Day 7: Museum of Crafts Sagar and Adventure Bath Krauschwitz
Neiße bei Skerbersdorf, Krauschwitz
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 Exhibition of machines showing the last 150 years’ industrial development in the former Standesherrschaft (state country) of Muskau.


Day 8: Bautzen

Day 8: Bautzen
Bautzen
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 One needs a full day to see enough of the thousand-year-old city Bautzen with its water art and the beautifully restored old town.


Day 9: Dinosaur Park Klein Welka

Day 9: Dinosaur Park Klein Welka
Saurierpark Klein Welka
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 In 1978, Franz Gruss began forming prehistoric dinosaurs of steel frames and concrete, following scientific reconstructions, putting the life-size monsters on his own property. His backyard, which is open to the public, quickly became a draw for visitors. To adjust to the great interest, starting in 1981, the community Kleinwelka tasked him with expanding his exhibition onto an adjacent community property. This area is at the core of today’s dinosaur park Kleinwelka. Herr Gruss continued building sculptures on his own property as well, and it’s basically a part of today’s dinosaur park.


Day 10: Spreewald

Day 10: Spreewald
Spreewald
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 The Spreewald is a cultural landscape like no other in Central Europe. The landscape encompassing more than 475 square kilometers lies between Fehrow and Lübben. Lübbenau/Spreewald is the Spreewald area’s inofficial capital. The Spreewald forest itself is best discovered on a guided canou tour or renting a boat and paddling along on one’s own.


Day 11: Dresden

Day 11: Dresden
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
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 56 galleries, 44 museums and 36 theaters and stages could be visited in Dresden. The Gemäldegallerie Alte Meister with its old master’s paintings such as the Sixtine Madonna by Raffael and the royal treasure chamber, the Green Vault, are of world-renown. Since June 2010, the new exhibition halls in the reopened Albertinum are shared between the New Master’s Gallery and the Sculpture Show. Other buildings of worldwide renown are the Semper opera house, the State Chapel, the Philhamonic and the rebuilt Frauenkirche and its boys choir, the Kreuzchor.


Day 12: Zittau Mountains

Day 12: Zittau Mountains
Zittauer Gebirge
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 The Zittau moutains are in the Southeastern part of Saxony. The spa towns Oybin, Johnsdorf and Waltersdorf here are inviting places for walks and hikes. As the area is in the Dreiländereck where Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland meet, it’s only a short trip to those neighboring countries, too.


Day 13: Erlichthof Rietschen

Day 13: Erlichthof Rietschen
Rietschen
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 The Erlichthof Rietschen displays old wooden houses which were moved here, creating a veritable village. One can’t only look at them, but also walk in, and there’s a pub in one of them, craftsmen such as a potter, linen weaver, baker, and more in others. One can watch them ply their trades and also buy the products they create.


Day 14: Our Surroundings

Day 14: Our Surroundings
Park des Schlosses von Bad Muskau
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 In the Gablenz free time, you can go bowling, play squash, badminton or mini golf. A beautiful bike tour along the Neisse, from Bad Muskau through the fairy tale-forest to the goat stable Pusack is relaxing even for inexperienced cyclists. Or ride in a horse-drawn carriage and gain lasting memories of the beautiful area.


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Gablenz

Gablenz
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Gablenz, in Sorbian Jabłońc, is a municipality in the district Görlitz, Saxony, Germany.  [ + ] More Details

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