Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Herrnhut

Völkerkundemuseum

Even before they started travelling the world, the Hernhutters were so obsessed with exotic lands they purchased items brought from Australia by Captain Cook's expedition. That collection was greatly expanded by cur…
Top Choice Eastern European in Görlitz

Miódmaliny

A short walk to the Polish side of town and you can gorge on culinary delights with a big discount. Furnished as grandma's parlour, this cosy cafe is strong on Central European classics, with a local touch. Try Poli…
Top Choice German in Zittau

Dornspachhaus

Zittau’s oldest eatery dates from 1533 and oozes history, but it's not just a tourist piece – it serves delicious regional cuisine and has a lovely courtyard. A speciality is the Bohemian goulash, a creamy blend of …
Religious in Bautzen

Sorbian Easter

On Easter Day, Sorbian men put on tall hats and frock coats, mount their richly decorated horses and ride through Bautzen and the surrounding villages, singing religious hymns. A major procession originates in Bautz…
Park in Bad Muskau

Muskauer Park

Unesco-listed Muskauer Park is the verdant masterpiece of 19th-century celebrity landscape gardener, Prince Hermann von Pückler, who inherited his family estate in 1811. At a whopping 560 hectares, the folly-peppere…
Historic Site in Görlitz

Heiliges Grab

The Heiliges Grab is a close replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as it looked in the Middle Ages during the time of the Crusades. Among the Crusaders was local boy Georg Emmerich, who made the trip primarily …
Memorial in Bautzen

Gedenkstätte Bautzen

Left exactly as it was in the late 1980s, the Bautzen II prison is now the Gedenkstätte Bautzen, dedicated to the victims of political oppression. You can see prisoner transport vans, recreated prison cells from the…
Museum in Görlitz

Schlesisches Museum zu Görlitz

The splendid Schönhof, a 1526 Renaissance residence, forms the atmospheric backdrop to this comprehensive exhibit on the culture and history of Silesia, a region that's often found itself in the cross-hairs of polit…
Architecture in Görlitz

Art Nouveau Department Store

Famously featuring in Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel, this architectural stunner is centred on a galleried atrium accented with wooden balustrades, floating staircases and palatial chandeliers, and lid…
Museum in Görlitz

Barockhaus

This museum will fascinate anyone with a taste for the odd with its curiously broad exhibits. Wealthy merchant Johann Christian Ameiss translated his wealth into this magnificent baroque residence that later became …