Görlitz is worth a visit at any time of year. The fantastic backdrop of the city and the Berzdorfer See lake become the stage for many events and make your stay a very special experience. Whether it's an exhibition, cultural events and performances - immerse yourself in the carefree atmosphere.
Good Friday, 7 April 2023
On Good Friday, the traditional Way of the Cross will take place in Görlitz. The Way begins at 1.30 p.m. in the crypt of St. Peter's Church and leads along the Görlitz Via Dolorosa with its seven stations to the Holy Sepulchre, the best-preserved faithful replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Here, following the Stations of the Cross, there is a prayer service at 3 p.m. on the hour of Jesus' death.
(c) C. Freudrich
18 April 2023
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the International Monuments Day in 1982. On this occasion, the City of Görlitz, as the Lower Monument Protection Authority, participates every year by offering activities.
(c) Europastadt GmbH
May - October 2023
The STRE!FEN e.V. is organising stre!fen23, a festival of performance art in Görlitz-Zgorzelec for the fourth time. From May to October 2023, performances by international and regional artists will be presented in public spaces in various formats. Performance art opens up a view of immediate, ambiguous and ephemeral images to the public. The festival's actions will provide surprising moments in the everyday life of our European city. A wide-ranging accompanying programme including workshops, an exhibition, a film evening, a reading and an artist talk also offers the opportunity to become artistically active yourself.
2 May - 8 October
The exhibition can be seen in "Brüderstraße 9", one of the Görlitz Hall Houses. In addition to the main exhibit, the unrenovated Hall House itself, there are large-format photos of other Hall Houses along the Via Regia, a high-precision 3D print of the building at "Brüderstraße 9", and an animated film about the Hall Houses in Görlitz.
23 May - 28 May 2023
Every year in May, the Neisse Film Festival shows current feature films, documentaries and short films from the three neighbouring countries as well as from Eastern Europe in the three-country region between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. What is special and unique about the Neisse Film Festival is its cross-genre and trinational character with film screenings at around twenty venues in the three countries along the Neisse.
In addition to three competitions and various film series, the transnational programme also offers events such as concerts, readings, exhibitions and parties.
27 May - 4 June 2023
The 34th Silesian Music Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of classical music in a stunning setting. Possibly the oldest festival in Europe, it is a tribute to music and the region. This year we celebrate the dawn of a new era.
The festival programme includes a variety of concerts taking place in historic churches, castles and sights in Görlitz and Lower Silesia. Visitors can look forward to performances of masterpieces by renowned composers, but also to discoveries of lesser-known works. There will also be no shortage of concerts by young talents showcasing their musicality and creativity.
Whit Sunday, 28 May 2023
In 2023, the annual Görlitz Organ Night will again take place on Pentecost Sunday. The organs in the churches of the Protestant inner city parish and the organ in the Cathedral of St. James can be experienced. The Sun Organ in St. Peter's Church will open the organ night with a concert and close it in the evening.
(c) Evangelische Innenstadtgemeinde
31 May - 11 June 2023 + special dates
Over a quarter of a century of excellent jazz in Görlitz. With concerts in Löbau, Berthelsdorf, Bad Muskau, St. Marinethal and of course in Görlitz, jazz in very different styles conquers impressive "unheard-of places". Whether a historic cattle barn, a piano factory or the engine room in a former cold storage warehouse is transformed into a sound space, internationally successful musicians always impress with their individual skills and palpable joy of playing.
11 June 2023
In June, many running professionals, recreational athletes, families, training groups from Germany, Europe and other "corners" of the world are expected again. In addition to the well-known running courses such as the marathon, the half marathon and the 10 km course, the European Marathon Görlitz-Zgorzelec also offers recreational runners a 5 km course. There is also a 2 km run especially for schoolchildren. Even the little ones are catered for with the 400-metre effervescent dash.
Skaters, hand cyclists, scooters and unicyclists can also choose from a range of routes.
6 July - 8 July 2023
ViaThea, the festival of street arts, is one of the fixed highlights in the cultural calendar of Görlitz. As an international arts festival, ViaThea is a crowd puller for all generations. Theatre groups from all over the world present the diversity of art in public space. The spectrum ranges from legendary companies of the street theatre scene to fresh new discoveries. ViaThea, with its genre diversity ranging from renowned to insider tip, creates moments to amaze and amuse, astounding, breathtaking, poetic or experimental.
Free of charge and outdoors!
15 July - 16 July 2023
The Silesian Tippelmarkt is a crafts market in the best sense of the word. Here, the potters' names stand for the quality and uniqueness of their products. Each piece is the result of loving craftsmanship. The Silesian Tippelmarkt surprises with an impressive variety. Whether decorative items or utilitarian objects, all goods can be found in a wide variety of styles.
Enjoy days full of hospitality, Silesian customs, music, dance and culinary delights in the heart of the old town of Görlitz.
18 August - 20 August 2023
23 years of ultimate challenge at Lake Olbersdorf in front of the picturesque backdrop of the Zittau Mountains Nature Park. Experience with us the fascinating history of our O-SEE Challenge from a 5-man party to an internationally renowned highlight in the cross-triathlon scene. And in the wake of the main event, the youngsters will show their skills at the O-SEE X'Kids Challenge on Sunday.
A special competition atmosphere for elite athletes, competitive and recreational athletes alike on exciting courses in, around and at the O-SEE and Zittau Mountains. It's worth taking part, but it's also worth watching.
from 25 August 2023
Every year from the end of August, the Lusatia Festival attracts thousands of visitors and artists from all over the world to the region. For three weeks, churches, theatres, cultural centres, castle ruins and industrial monuments become the stage for extraordinary artistic experiences.
Many regional cooperation partners in Saxony and Brandenburg - museums and municipalities, venues, collections, parks and universities - are involved in shaping this major project and are looking forward to the 2023 festival season together.
25 August - 27 August 2023
The European City of Görlitz-Zgorzelec celebrates one of the most beautiful and largest folk festivals in the region on the last weekend in August, on both banks of the Neisse.
In the unique ambience of the historic old town and at the beautiful Bulwar Grecki on the banks of the Neisse, differently designed programme areas will be created. Several stages in the city centre offer a varied programme that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
10 September 2023
On this day, people in Görlitz go on a discovery tour of some of the almost 4,000 monuments that otherwise tend to remain hidden. In the context of the monument day, the special heritage of the city can be experienced with the craftsmen's market and a supporting programme of concerts, guided tours and many activities.
(c) Rainer Michel
8 November - 12 November 2023
November is marked by pausing and commemoration, privately and socially. A central date is 9 November: the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the proclamation of the first democracy in Germany in 1919 - but also the so-called Night of Pogroms in 1938. In Görlitz, the New Synagogue was the only one in Saxony to survive the destructive night of fire.
As the Görlitz Synagogue Cultural Forum, the magnificently restored building is a special place of remembrance. Here, the richness of Jewish life and culture can be experienced in a sensual way.
The "Days of Jewish Culture" draw attention to the works of Jewish artists in music, art and literature.
(c) Pawel Sosnowski
24 November 2023 - 01 January 2024
In the romantic setting of the Obermarkt in front of the Dreifaltigkeitskirche, 430 square metres of beautiful ice surface invite both small and large skaters to skate. Skates can be rented on site.
Change of dates!!! 1 December - 17 December 2023
An atmospheric Christmas ambience in the middle of the beautiful old town, children's shining eyes, cheerful get-togethers with family, friends and colleagues, festively decorated and illuminated houses, a variety of musical contributions on the stage and the colourful stalls with unique, partly handmade merchandise and traditional specialities - all this belongs together and characterises the Advent season at the Silesian Christmas Market.
12 January - 15 January 2024
The French composer Olivier Messiaen proved that music does not divide but unites when he composed his masterpiece "Quartet on the End of Time" during his imprisonment in the prisoner-of-war camp Stalag VIII A in Görlitz (today Zgorzelec) and performed it for the first time in the camp on 15 January 1941. Around 15 January, in memory of all those who suffered and hoped in this camp, the International Messiaen Days take place - a festival with top-class artists that brings the existential power of music to life in a variety of ways.