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In Germany, nowhere does the sun rise earlier than in Görlitz, the republic's easternmost city. But the early start is not the only reason why you should explore Görlitz's more immediate surroundings.

Upper Lusatia

Görlitz lies within a unique area which invites you to spend time and discover the region. Cultural enthusiasts will enjoy their stay as much as sportspeople and families. Romantic castles in Rammenau and Neschwitz, the beautiful Fürst-Pückler-Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Marienthal Convent, the Sorbian culture and historic cities inspire visitors.

Whether you want to test your fitness or just enjoy nature visitors to the Zittau Mountains or the Oder-Neisse Cycling Path can enjoy both. Our younger visitors will surely long remember a trip to "Einsiedel cultural island" or the dinosaur park in Kleinwelka, near Bautzen.

For further information see the website www.oberlausitz.com

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The Upper Lusatian Six Towns League

Bautzen, Görlitz, Kamenz, Lauban, Löbau and Zittau - concluded an alliance for the joint protection of the trade routes in 1346. At that time, public peace in this region was often in danger. Upper Lusatia awakened desires among the sovereigns of the surrounding regions. Significant routes, such as the Via Regia, were stricken by highwaymen. The Six Towns League was given the blessing of the later Emperor Karl the Fourth. Under his aegis, the cities experienced boom years and a cultural revival. Splendid town halls and middle-class houses, majestic churches and proud fortifications bear witness to that time and create a unique aura combining the vibrant life of the present with a hint of great history.

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Border Triangle

Its geographic location in the border triangle makes Görlitz an excellent choice for trips into the neighbouring countries, Poland and the Czech Republic. There are the picturesque mountain ranges of the Jizera Mountains and the Krkonose Mountains ("Giant Mountains") for example. On clear days, the 1602 metre Snezka is visible from Görlitz - it is the highest peak in the Krkonose Mountains and the fabled realm of the mountain spirit "Rübezahl".

Another popular destination for hiking enthusiasts is the source of the Bílé Labe, or White Elbe at an elevation of almost 1400 metres in the mountains off Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic. In winter, the region attracts countless skiing fans with its excellent conditions for winter sports. The Kotlina Jeleniogórska (Hirschberg Valley) at the foot of the Giant Mountains in Poland, is a real paradise for fans of palaces and ancient castles. Wroclaw, the historic capital of Lower Silesia and Prague, the Golden City, are only about two hours away, too.

Take your time to discover these fascinating places starting from Görlitz. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful landscapes and exciting adventures await you.

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Via Sacra

Go on a journey along the 550km long tourist route with 16 stops, which followings ancient trade routes and pilgrims' ways. Get to know the sacred treasures of Silesia, Northern Bohemia and the Upper Lusatia - this is the idea of the Via Sacra. In Görlitz, the Holy Sepulchre and St Peter and Paul's Church are part of the via sacra.

For further information see the website www.oberlausitz.com (German only).

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Places of history in Saxony's cities

There are a lot of attractions in the countryside surrounding Görlitz. The cast-iron look-out tower in Löbau, the Baroque palace of Krobnitz and Erlichthof village, a museum village with 300-year-old log houses near Rietschen, thousand-year-old Bautzen, Rammenau Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage site Fürst Pückler Park in Bad Muskau are less than an hour away.

Finally, what would a journey through Saxony, Silesia and Bohemia be without a visit to Dresden? The trip to the cultural capital of Saxony takes around 60 minutes. The "Florence on the Elbe" is a fascinating destination with its precious art collections and such important buildings as the Semper Opera, Dresden Zwinger Palace, the other palaces along the banks of the river and the recently rebuilt "Frauenkirche" (Church of Our Lady).

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Photos: Upper Lusatia and Saxony's cities: MGO Bildarchiv, Border Triangle: R. Pech

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