In addition to a lot of history, culture and nature experiences, your physical well-being is also taken care of during your stay in Görlitz. Culinary delights almost always go hand in hand with experiencing the special atmosphere. A look at the menus in the German-Polish Neisse city reveals an astonishing variety. Here you will of course find numerous traditional dishes with references to Silesian, Saxon and Polish cuisine. But that is far from being everything offered. The restaurateurs and chefs present creative combinations of regional products, vegan and vegetarian delicacies, new interpretations of classic dishes and of course always a lot of taste.
Guests with a hungry stomach and an appetite for something special are spoiled for choice. Of course, there are the traditional German and Polish dishes, as well as regional specialties. “Schlesisches Himmelreich” (Silesian Kingdom of Heaven) stands out from the rather simple Silesian cuisine. It consists of smoked pork neck, dried plums, apricots, a few juicy dumplings as well as flour and butter for the sauce. You should also try “bigos”, the Polish national dish – a stew made from sauerkraut, white cabbage, wild mushrooms and various types of meat and sausage.
But the choice is even bigger: tender or hearty, vegan or steak, savory or sweet, slow food or pizza – the Görlitz restaurateurs show not only culinary art, seasonal inspiration and good taste, but also a hearty portion of imagination. You’re in for a surprise!
Photo: Paul Glaser
“Mohnpiele” or poppy seed dumplings with egg liqueur
Photo: Frank Hamm
The cafes and pastry shops of Görlitz beckon with all sorts of sweet sins of the art of baking; poppy seed fans in particular will get their money’s worth with poppy seed cake with streusel. Those with a sweet tooth should definitely try Silesian “Mohnklöße” (poppy seed dumplings). Freshly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, they are typically served in a glass dish.
The numerous ice cream parlors promise to help you cool off in the summer – all with different, sometimes very individual self-made creations. Soft ice cream, vegan organic ice cream or large sundaes. Sample your way around town.
Gourmets can go on a culinary journey of discovery around the Untermarkt and Obermarkt, in Neißstraße, Peterstraße and Weberstraße. A large selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs have been established here. No two places are alike and each one has its own story to tell. Wonderful outdoor seating and romantic inner courtyards, historic walls and torch-lit vaults create a unique atmosphere of well-being. But that’s not all: you can also enjoy a wonderful feast on the Neisse in Zgorzelec with a view of the old town, the rushing waters of the Neisse River or directly on Lake Berzdorf with a view of the water and fresh country air.
It's not uncommon for gastronomy and experience to have a special symbiosis, such as in the case of the vegan sewing café “Herzstück”. What lies behind it? Take a peek inside and find out.
Photo: Sabine Wenzel
Fleischerei Büchner: delicious and unique, a beautifully tiled butcher shop
Görlitz was already known as a beer town in earlier times, as there were numerous brewery cellars in the old town. Industrially, the popular Landskron beer has been produced here since 1869 in the Landskron Brewery – today an industrial monument – in meter-deep vaulted cellars. Parallel to this, several craft beer breweries have established themselves in recent years, making Görlitz a real beer town again today.
But it’s not just our brewers who are masters of their craft. It’s also worth taking a look at the counters and displays in other factories: handmade chocolates, freshly roasted coffee, the most beautiful butcher shop in Germany and, not to be missed, Liebesperlen, the smallest Görlitz delicacy.
Rainkost Görlitz ensures that fresh, daily harvested vegetables from the fields of Görlitz end up in the kitchens of Görlitz’s restaurants. This project was initiated by the Obermühle Görlitz and Rainkultur Görlitz and is based on the idea of solidarity agriculture. Each establishment, of which there are currently ten, pays a fixed monthly contribution to the project and in exchange receives vegetables grown close to nature and permaculture in Görlitz Biesnitz. In 2020 the project was even awarded a prize for innovation in tourism in the county of Görlitz for the category accommodation/gastronomy and won the audience award in the same year, a testament to the farm to table movement.
Website Rainkost (only in German)
List of participating restaurants: Restaurant Obermühle Görlitz, Restaurant & Bar Horschel, Café Herzstück, Romantik Hotel Tuchmacher, Hotel, Restaurant & Spa Insel der Sinne, Bar & Restaurant Salü, Restaurant Mediteranos, Restaurant & Weinbar Jakobs Söhne, Bistro & Bar N13
The field of Rainkultur in Görlitz/Biesnitz
PS: You can also visit the farm
Once a month, the Naschallee on Elisabethplatz becomes a popular attraction and reason to linger for many visitors. Merchants offer their exclusively regional products here – including fruits, plants, cheese and meat, but also handmade crafts. Complementing the weekly market on Elisabethstraße, which is open almost every day, the Görlitz Naschallee is a special treat, which offers a unique market atmosphere under the leaves of mighty chestnut trees in addition to its goods on offer.
Photo: Paul Glaser
In the special atmosphere of the glamorous Postplatz square in downtown Görlitz, enjoyment is part of the program. At Coolinaria, guests can of course taste and enjoy, but they can also have a relaxed chat with the makers. The program includes a WineMarket and FoodMarket where selected regional producers present their foods and delights.
The first edition of the event in 2020 already provided a compelling platform for regional producers and restaurateurs, brewers and winemakers. Among the participants were: Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth, Saxon winemakers Matthias Schuh and Martin Schwarz, winemaker Rico Leonhardt from Brandenburg, the initiative “Ein Korb voll Glück”, three local specialist wine shops, the Görlitzer Kaffeerösterei, the local craft beer brewery SUDOST, the restaurant “Jakobs”, the country butcher Andreas Wagner and the restaurant “neiß’.
Photo: Bakery Tschirch
Görlitz is the place to be for those who crave a special treat during the Advent. The Silesian art of baking conjures up numerous delicacies such as the poppy seed stollen. Legend has it that the mountain spirit Rübezahl personally helped to invent the Liegnitzer Bombe.
Among the Görlitz butchers there’s a special competition each advent: who produces the best Christmas sausage? In addition to many secret ingredients, there is always a hint of lemon.
Guten Appetit – enjoy your meal!