Historic Nikolai Street in Gorlitz, Germany, is shown on Dec. 29, 2012. On the right is an outside wall of St. Peterâ  s Church, which has been the cityâ
Historic Nikolai Street in Gorlitz, Germany, is shown on Dec. 29, 2012. On the right is an outside wall of St. Peterâ s Church, which has been the cityâ s principal church since 1372. Straight ahead, the gray faux-block residence was built in 1544, with the ornate gable added in 1895. (T.R. Goldman)

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Restaurant Pension Destille

Nikolaistrasse 6

011-49-3581-405302

www.destille-goerlitz.de

Charming inn with a great restaurant at the foot of the old city wall. Double rooms from $85.

Hotel Borse

 

Untermarkt 16

011-49-3581-76420

www.boerse-goerlitz.de

Early 18th-century Baroque building on the oldest Gorlitz square, now a stylish hotel and restaurant. Double rooms from about $147.

WHERE TO EAT Zum Nachtschmied

 

Obermarkt 18

011-49-3581-411657

www.zum-nachtschmied.de

Run by the gregarious Dirk Heilmann, who's particularly happy to welcome guests from abroad. Silesian specialities from $13.

Restauracja Przy Jakubie

11 Daszynskiego St.

Zgorzelec, Poland

011-48-7577-17-983

www.antyk.cba.pl/jakub.htm

A warm and cozy restaurant with entrees from $8.

Caffe Kranzel Corner of Neissstrasse and Kranzelstrasse

 

011-49-174-324-4130

Superb coffee shop with dozens of coffee styles. Owner Thomas Bednarek spent years in Italy perfecting his craft.

WHAT TO DO Barockhaus (Baroque House)

 

Neissstrasse 30

011-49-3581-67-1410

www.museum-goerlitz.de

A twofer: See how a wealthy damask merchant lived after renovating this house in the late 1720s, and view an extraordinary collection of scientific instruments from the early 1800s. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $6.50 or $9 for all three Gorlitz museums, including the Kaisertrutz and Reichenbacher Tower, which opens on April 27 and provides a panoramic view of the city.

Kaisertrutz

Platz des 17. Juni 1

011-49-3581-67-1420

www.museum-goerlitz.de

Attractive two-story city museum in the monumental Kaisertrutz, including a collection of crude tools dating back more than 7,000 years to the Mesolithic era. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $6.50 or $9 for all three museums, as above.

INFORMATION

 

www.goerlitz.de