Gorlitz in Photos

17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Gorlitz, Germany

Julie Germany, Poland 4 Comments

Germany is a country that appears on many travelers’ bucket lists. And why not? It has fairytale castles, beautiful Bavaria, Oktoberfest, and awesome cities. But have you ever heard of Gorlitz?

We hadn’t. At least not until we planned a trip to Berlin.

I “discovered” Gorlitz when I was searching for unique day trip ideas from Berlin. Colorful photos of this town, slightly resembling the Polish cities of Wroclaw and Krakow, caught my eye. And just like that, Gorlitz was added to our German road trip adventure.

About Gorlitz, Germany

Gorlitz is a small town in Saxony, Germany. It is the easternmost city in Germany. Gorlitz sits on the bank of the Lusatian Neisse River and just on the other side of the river is Zgorzelec, Poland. Zgorzelec was part of Gorlitz until 1945.

As you can see on a map, Gorlitz is not really near anything, which is why it makes such a great travel destination. If you are the sort of person who likes to get away from the crowds and explore hidden gems, then Gorlitz is your kind of place.

But Gorlitz does have a claim to fame. If you watched “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Book Thief,” or Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” then you have seen Gorlitz. This town was the filming location for all of these movies. For “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a vacant department store was redecorated and used as the filming location for the hotel.

Gorlitz in Photos

If you are wondering if Gorlitz is worth it, check out these 17 photos that show just how beautiful this town (and Zgorzelec) is.

Upper Market Square (Obermarkt)

Market Square

 

Looking down Hainwald Street.

Gorlitz Germany Day Trip

 

A street cafe near Lower Market Square.

Gorlitz Cafe

 

Lower Market Square (Untermarkt)

Untermarkt

 

Rathausturm and Lower Market Square

Gorlitz Clock Tower

 

We saw beautiful doors like these throughout the town.

Gorlitz Doors

 

We also saw many streets like these, lined with colorful buildings.

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Narrow Street

Visiting Gorlitz

Gorlitz Street

 

This is the Fat Tower (Dicker Turm). You can climb this tower for views over the city.

Fat Tower

 

For another view over the city, you can climb Reichenbach Tower

Reichenbach Tower

 

Looking across the Lusatian Neisse River to Zgorzelec, Poland

Gazing at Poland

 

Walking across the bridge into Poland.

Bridge to Poland

 

A view of the Lusatian Neisse River and Zgorzelec from the bridge.

Zgorzelec Poland

 

Zgorzelec also has rows of colorful buildings.

Colorful Buildings Poland

 

From Zgorzelec, this is the view towards Gorlitz and St. Peter and Paul Church.

Peter and Paul Church

 

Getting Here

From Berlin

By car: 3 hours, 280 km
By bus: Flixbus offers direct service between Berlin and Gorlitz: 4 – 5 hours, prices starting at 12 €
By train: 2h 40min with a transfer in Cottbus, visit bahn.de

From Dresden

By car: 1h 15min, 110 km
By bus: 1h 30 min, 6 € with Flixbus
Train: 1h 30min, visit bahn.de

It can be a little tricky driving through Gorlitz, with its maze of narrow one-way streets. I recommend parking in the parking garage on An der Frauenkirche (labeled Parkhaus Citycenter Frauentor on Google Maps).

Gorlitz is small, so you can wander through it in just a half a day, perfect for a day trip from Dresden or Berlin.

About Our Experience

Tim and I visited Gorlitz as part of a full day road trip from Berlin. We rented a car and drove first to Rakotzbrucke, a very unique bridge just one hour from Gorlitz. We ate lunch in Gorlitz, spent some time wandering the city streets, and then drove west to the Bastei. This is another awesome bridge with a spectacular location. From the Bastei, we drove back to Berlin, arriving around 9 pm.

Read More: Not Your Ordinary Berlin Road Trip


Gorlitz Germany Day Trip Travel

Gorlitz, Germany in 17 Photos. How to visit Gorlitz on a day trip from Berlin. Plus you can see Rakotzbrucke and the Bastei. #gorlitz #berlin #germany #daytrip

Comments 4

  1. I love your blog and I often read it. Just like a book before sleeping 🙂 since two years
    You were almost everywhere in Europe but not in Poland 🙁
    I always wanted to write you that Poland is beautiful too!
    today I open your blog and ….
    I cannot believe that you were in my hometown last days!!
    I live near Zgorzelec and I work there…
    Poland is really worth to see !
    kind regards
    Gabriela from Poland

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      Hi Gabriela. Yes, we were in Poland, just for a little bit (enough time to relax in a cafe and have espresso). Tim had to be in Berlin for work. I looked into taking a day trip to Wroclaw but it seemed far to go for just one day. Instead, we picked Gorlitz and had the chance to cross the border into Poland. We really want to visit Poland someday…it looks amazing. Cheers! Julie

      1. I’m an American living in Wrocław (formerly Breslau) & I get to Gorlitz 1-2 times a year & I truly love it there. If you’re interested into going to Wrocław there used to be a direct train from Berlin but I’m not sure now.There are daily buses though. From Gorlitz there are 4 trains a day to & from both places.

        If you get the chance, check out Gorlitz’ Weinachtsmarkt in December. It’s rather small but it is very friendly & personal & just a wonderful Christmassy feeling.

        Enjoy your stay in Germany! Greg O

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