See & Experience

Culture & History

Experience Culture and History

Görlitz looks back to an exciting history characterising the city’s life even today. Welcome to Görlitz, where history is culture, and where culture tells numerous stories. Culture plays an important role in Görlitz. Regular cultural highlights, such as the Old Town Festival, the Day of the Open Monument, the Summer Theatre, the viathea Street Theatre Festival, the Silesian Christmas Market and many other events have become popular attractions. Not only locals, but also visitors from all over Germany and from abroad come here to enjoy these events. Furthermore, numerous museums and galleries invite their guests for a visit.

The Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theatre Görlitz-Zittau

The theatre presents a wide range of cultural offers covering music theatre, plays, concerts and dance. The beautiful building of the Görlitz theatre – called the „Little Semper Operahouse“ – is home to a music theatre with all its facets including opera, operetta and musical as well as the dance company and the New Lusatian Philharmonie, the region’s only philharmonic orchestra.



The EUROPE CHOIR ACADEMY was established in 1997. This highly appreciated concert choir incorporates a network consisting of several hundred young singers coming mainly from Europe. The repertoire ranges from 18th-century oratorios to contemporary music.


The Museum of History and Culture

The Görlitz Museum of History and Culture displays its precious collections in three different buildings, all of them listed architectural monuments; there are permanent and special exhibitions as well as cabinet exhibitions.

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The Silesian Museum Görlitz

900 years of Silesian history, traditional craftsmanship, precious Renaissance architecture plus an exhibition presented in modern design – that is the Silesian Museum in Görlitz. Especially the dialogue on Silesia’s past and future is a matter of particular concern to the museum.

Address: Brüderstraße 8, 02826 Görlitz


The Senckenberg Museum for Natural History

Dioramas designed to have a near-natural look present the diverse and beautiful habitats in Upper Lusatia. Visitors can experience nature face-to-face with wolves and other inhabitants of the region. The vivarium, the rain forest and savannah exhibitions as well as the soil column are further highlights of the museum.

Address: Am Museum 1, 02826 Görlitz


Görlitz Museum of Photography

Görlitz is known for its photographic industry, especially for companies such as Meyer-Optik Görlitz and others that have worked here. The Museum of Photography has an impressive permanent exhibition on the history of the photographic industry in Görlitz and in the GDR. Visitors can admire a variety of historic cameras and photographs from times gone by. The exhibition also offers an insight into the various production processes and technologies that were used in the photographic industry.

Address: Löbauer Straße 7, 02826 Görlitz

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"Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theatre Görlitz-Zittau": Pawel Sosnowski, "Europe Choir Academy Görlitz": Europe Choir Academy Görlitz, "The Museum of History and Culture": Christoph Partsch, "Silesian Museum Görlitz": R.Weisflog, "Senckenberg Museum for Natural History": Senckenberg Museum for Natural History, "Görlitz Museum of Photography": Dr. Horst Werner

© Nikolai Schmidt