Görlitz, Germany and Zgorzelec, Poland- all in one day

Gorlitz Travel Blog

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Altstadt

I’d first heard about Görlitz in a Germany guidebook that I ended up forgetting to pack.  But I remembered the name, and remembered that it was close to Dresden, and that I could go to Poland.  So armed with that knowledge, a guidebook on Görlitz in German (borrowed from the Goethe-Institut), my passport and everything else I’d need for a daytrip, I left Dresden from the Neustadt train station.  Now that’s a nice place, plenty to chose from for snacks, a bookstore/newshop and a convience store.  Not that I had that much time to kill.  So I got two sandwich rolls and went to the track.

When in Germany, sometimes it’s more convenient and cheaper to get a “Schönes Wochenende” card.  It’s 37€, good for one day (either Saturday or Sunday) and is good for up to five people.

Even though I was alone, I got one because it was about the same price as a regular roundtrip ticket and it’s more flexible since I can travel whenever I want.

It took about an hour and a half to get there, and along the way I saw two places I want to visit (Radeburg for the beer brewery and Bautzen for the scenery).  As we went further east, I saw some town name signs in both German and Czech, and a while later that changed to German and Polish.  The train’s last stop was Görlitz since any further and it’d be in Poland.   The train station was simple, but I didn’t say long.  I made my way to the Altstadt (Old Town) and started wondering.  I found the tourist info, bought a Görlitz book in English (I know, but it’s easier to read quickly) and a ticket for a walking tour.   Since I had two hours before the tour, I just started making my way to the bridge that would take me into Poland.  It was a nice walk, except for the snow and ice.  Apparently it hadn’t gotten that warm like in Dresden.  Almost all of our snow is gone.  The bridge was simple, and definitely not like I’d expected.  I had expected a grand bridge with passport control in the middle.  I got exactly the opposite.  So, why no Passport Control?  Later on I found out that Poland had signed the Schengen Agreement so PC was done away with.  So I crossed into Zgorzelec, Poland, and tried to find the Tourist Info.  Never found it, and didn’t really want to stay.  It was cool being in Zgorzelec, but it wasn’t really that nice of an area, and I felt out of place (much like I did in Warsaw).

But in both Görlitz and Zgorzelec, I heard people speaking a language that definitely wasn’t regular German and it didn’t sound Polish- I’m guessing it’s Sorbish. 

Coming back into Germany, I just walked around for a while, until it was time to head back (by then I was pretty cold and looking to sit down for a while).  But it’s winter, and nothing that looked good was open.  So I got a coffee from the Senfladen (Mustard Shop) and waited.

Altstadt

Two o’clock came and the tour began.  Overall, it was a pretty disappointing tour.  In two hours we didn’t get very far, and he kept droning on about stuff I didn’t care about.   Plus he spoke in a dialect that was hard for me to follow.  After the tour, I talked to the two women (mother/daughter from Baden-WĂĽrttemberg), and they had a hard time with his dialect too.  So we talked for a while, and we headed for the train station.  After four hours on my feet in the cold, I just wanted to go back to Dresden.  But on the way we got separated, and I missed the train by minutes. 

This is where I note how much I wished the Görlitz train station was like Dresden-Neustadt.  The only thing open was the convenience store (bought postcards and stamps though).  So I sat and froze in the train station for more than hour before heading up to the track and finding my train waiting for me.  Now, I don’t know if the train was cold or if I was just chilled through, but my coat stayed on the entire way, even though other people took theirs off.  It was a slow ride back to Dresden, but at least I was sitting and it was warmer.

And I got to read the tourist info book on Görlitz, wishing I had a red pen…

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Altstadt
Altstadt
Altstadt
Altstadt
Altstadt
Altstadt
Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity
Church of the Holy Trinity
Frauenturm (or Dicker Turm)
Frauenturm (or "Dicker Turm")
No, not *that* Rothenburg...
No, not *that* Rothenburg...
from the bridge- the black, red an…
from the bridge- the black, red a…
Nikolaikirche
Nikolaikirche
Nikolaiturm
Nikolaiturm
Nikolaiturm sign
Nikolaiturm sign
Obermarkt
Obermarkt
Peterskirche
Peterskirche
the spires of Peterskirche
the spires of Peterskirche
Rathaus (Town Hall)
Rathaus (Town Hall)
Rathaus (Town Hall) and Untermarkt
Rathaus (Town Hall) and Untermarkt
in Untermarkt
in Untermarkt
Via Regia
Via Regia
Not quite Kathe Wolfharts....
Not quite Kathe Wolfharts....
across from Peterskirche
across from Peterskirche
funny hotel sign
funny hotel sign
on the border
on the border
near the Rathaus
near the Rathaus
Via Regia
Via Regia
a view from Poland
a view from Poland
Peterskirche
Peterskirche
Gorlitz
photo by: princeza_9