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Görlitz is located in eastern Germany on the Neisse River, which forms the border with Poland. We were impressed by the architectural wealth. Late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings can be admired. Especially the houses in the old town are fascinating with their richly decorated facades and entrance gates, ornate vaults and painted ceilings from the different eras.

Aerial view of Görlitz

In the relatively small old town, treasures from more than half a millennium of European architectural history can be discovered. The city was completely preserved during the Second World War.

Brücke

Since 2004, this pedestrian bridge has connected Görlitz with its sister city Zgorzelec on the Polish side of the Neisse. The Via Regia runs over this bridge.

City tour, first impressions

Obermarkt Görlitz

We start at the Obermarkt. From left to right, the towers belong to the Church of St. Peter and Paul, the Town Hall and the Holy Trinity Church.


Barocke house on Obermarkt

This baroque house on Obermarkt (No. 29) is currently being renovated.

It was built in 1718 for the Berlin linen wholesaler Wilhelm Schaumburg.
 


Brüderstrasse

From Obermarkt we enter Brüderstrasse, which is busy with tourists, and walk towards the town hall - with its striking tower.


Görlitzer Schönhof

The Schönhof in Görlitz, dating from 1526, is one of the oldest burghers' houses that have been preserved in their original form in Germany.


Bibelhaus

Many exceptional buildings with late Gothic and Renaissance elements have been preserved in the old town of Görlitz. For example, the Biblical House in Neißstraße. Its picturesque façade depicts scenes from the Old and New Testaments.


Group in front of the Bibelhaus

Here we marvel at the Bible House and listen to the words of our guide.


Rathaus

One of the most prominent buildings in the city is the town hall, the oldest parts of which date back to the middle of the 14th century. The two dials of the hour clock on the town hall tower date from 1524.


town hall staircase in Görlitz

The town hall staircase with the Annunciation pulpit, built in 1537, is famous.


Untermarkt in Görlitz

The Untermarkt with the new town hall in the background.


Hall Houses

The Görlitz hall houses are typical of the city. Their imposing cross vaults, which extend across the entire width of the entrance halls, provided space for entire horse-drawn carts. Merchants once stacked their cloth here.


alley

View into one of the many small alleys.


Peterstrasse

Peterstrasse near the Untermarkt. The sign belongs to the Hotel Tuchmacher,
Peterstrasse 8.

Görlitz was famous for its "cloth" and dye works.


City of Gates

Tor Tor Whispering Arch

On the left, a Gothic portal from around 1500, the famous Görlitz Whispering Arch (Untermarkt 22).


City of Towers

Dicker Turm coat of arms

The Dicke Turm or Frauenturm is part of the historic Görlitz city fortifications. The 45 m high tower is, along with the Nikolaiturm and the Reichenbacher Turm, one of the three preserved of the formerly four large watch and defence towers of Görlitz. It is the most massive tower in the city, with walls up to 5.34 m thick in the lower part. On the tower, the city's coat of arms, granted by Emperor Sigismund, is depicted as a sandstone relief. On the left is the Mother of God Mary, on the right Saint Barbara.

Nikolai tower

Nikolai tower

Reichenbacher Tower

Reichenbacher tower


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City with the famous sun organ ("Sonnenorgel")

Kirche Peter und Paul in Görlitz an der Neisse

The Church of St. Peter and Paul stands directly on the banks of the Neisse, the border river to Poland. It is thus the easternmost city church in Germany and at the same time the largest house of worship as well as the place of preaching of the Bishop of Silesian Upper Lusatia.

Sun Organ

Manual of the sun organ

The Sun Organ

On 12 October 1997, the restored organ was inaugurated in the town church of St. Peter and Paul in Görlitz. Exactly 300 years ago to the day, on 12 October 1697, the city of Görlitz signed a contract with the organ builder Eugenio Casparini for the construction of a new organ for St. Peter's Church, which became famous under the name "Sun Organ".

The impressive case of the organ was created in its Baroque form with elements of the Italian Renaissance by the Görlitz sculptor Johann Conrad Büchau and has been completely preserved over all the centuries. The actual organ work, however, became unplayable and was dismantled in 1926. Apart from the pipes of the 12-fold pedal mixture in the "suns", which gave the organ its name, and the stop "Onda maris" ("Sea Wave"), nothing remains of Casparini's instrument.

The Mathis company, Switzerland, was awarded the prestigious contract to redesign the organ.

Sonnenorgel Detail

We were privileged to hear a wonderful concert by the organist and cantor, Reinhard Seeliger, showing the various possibilities of this unique organ.

The Holy Sepulchre

From the St. Peter and Paul Church, a Way of the Cross leads to the Holy Sepulchre, a replica of the Jerusalem complex. Here we go to the upper Chapel of the Cross.

cross chapel
Adam's chapel

On the lower floor is the Adam's Chapel, ...

Golgatha chapel

... the Golgotha Chapel on the upper floor.



Holy Sepulchre

The replica of the Holy Sepulchre.