Görlitz, in Saxony (Sachsen), easily holds on to its impressive medieval historicity while ensconcing you in modern comforts. Because it has not been destroyed in World War II, my above statement that it is one of the handsomest towns of Germany is certainly true. Let’s see…
Extensive forests covering nearly 70,000 acres gives you an idea of the pastoral beauty on offer in this medieval town. Also take into consideration a number of beautifully laid out parks and gardens and no nature-lover can afford to give Görlitz a miss.
As for medieval architecture, Görlitz has everything from a number of cathedrals to a famous bridge. This railway bridge over the Neiße has about 32 arches and rises about 37m (120ft) at its highest point. A graceful piece of work, this bridge is a beautiful landmark that tourists make it a point to visit.
The Gothic church of St. Peter and St. Paul has lots of interesting features such as the twin towers, an ancient pipe organ, and a beautiful old bell that is quite large.
Others in the same genre are the Frauenkirche, the Klosterkirche, and the Roman Catholic Church embodying a unique roman architectural style. The chapel of the Holy Cross near the center of the town is said to be a 15th century replica of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
As you stroll around Görlitz, you’ll see the old Town Hall which is now a library. Here is where you’ll see the famous 16th century sundials with its exquisite clockwork. Ascend a grand flight of steps to access valuable local history here or to simply see this fine piece of architecture close at hand.
The Kaisertrutz or the massive old bastion and the Ruhmeshalle are other buildings of immense historic significance.
The Untermarkt area is a dazzling showcase of fabulous medieval buildings incorporating Gothic, baroque, and renaissance influences.
Görlitz has its fair share of libraries, galleries, and museums housing such treasures as antiques, art, coins, manuscripts, and paintings. Theater goers will not be disappointed for there’s bound to be something interesting on show almost any time of the year.