Zittau is in Upper Lusatia, close to the Czech and Polish borders.
In the Middle Ages Zittau was a flourishing trading town thanks to its location on the crossroads of several long-distance trading routes.
A new chapter in its history opened on May 1, 2004, when the accession of Poland and the Czech Republic into the EU meant that Zittau went from being a remote backwater in Germany to a strategically located crossroads at the heart of Europe.
The nearest airport is in Dresden (DRS). Take S-Bahn line 2 to Dresden-Klotzsche and continue by train.
Deutsche Bahn RegionalExpress 2 from Dresden to Zittau via Bischofswerda takes approximately 1½ hours. The RegionalBahn 61 takes about 2. The Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn from Cottbus and Görlitz takes 2 hours to Zittau. The Vogtlandbahn from Liberec gets to Zittau station in half an hour. Zittau's station is a 10-minute walk from the centre of town.
The Verkehrsverbund covering the area is ZVON.
There are connections from Ebersbach (Regionalbus line 51), Löbau (line 27) and Görlitz (line 21), all operated by the Kraftverkehrsgesellschaft Dreiländereck (KVG). These buses stop at the train station and at Martin-Wehnert-Platz, just South of the Green Ring.
To get to Zittau from elsewherein Germany, take Bundesautobahn A4 to Bautzen-Ost and follow signs to Zittau along the 96 from there. From Poland, take the E40/A4 to Görlitz and then the 99 towards Zittau. From the Czech Republic, take the I/35 north from Liberec.
Zittau has three local bus routes, all operated by the KVG and calling at stops around the centre of town.
The centre of Zittau is compact enough to be able to reach most destinations on foot.
address: Johannispl. 1Church in the town centre designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1837, with 60-m tower.
address: Innere Weberstraße 46Built between 1488 and 1500, with several later alterations.
St. Petri-und-Pauli-KircheAbbey church of the former Franciscan abbey.
Former Franciscan abbeyThe abbey church "St. Petri und Pauli" is part of the site. The buildings house the Stadt- und Kreismuseum a municipal museum, with exhibitions on local history and Dr. Curt-Heinke-Museum a mineral and geological collections.
Holy Cross Church MuseumThis church is famous for its interesting interior decoration: pulpit, wall paintings and ledger stones. It houses the Präsentation des Zittauer Fastentuchs - The velum quadragesimale was made on 1472, is 8 m tall by 7 m wide, is decorated with 90 biblical scenes (representing the Biblical tale of creation) and used to hang in front of the altar during Lent. There's also a supposedly haunted graveyard next to the church.
Tierpark ZittauThe zoo covers 7 hectares and houses 400 animals from 70 species.
WeinauparkA landscape park in English style; Tierpark Zittau is in the park.
phone: +49 3583 6197737address: Innere Weberstraße 11, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 540459address: Neustadt 47, 02763 ZittauOberlausitzer cuisine.
phone: +49 3583 795106address: Uhlandstraße 3, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 795883address: Bautzner Straße 2, 02763 ZittauBohemian and Silesian cuisine.
phone: +49 3583 514491address: Dr.-Brinitzer-Straße 10, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 510148address: Innere Weberstraße 6, 02763 ZittauItalian cuisine.
phone: +49 3583 706360address: Leipziger Straße 77, 02763 ZittauGreek cuisine.
phone: +49 3583 5172777address: Johannisstraße 4, 02763 Zittau, GermanyOpened in May 2017 in the building that used to house the Klosterstuberl. Run by an ethnic Albanian Macedonian family. Excellent Italian food, with medieval vaults indoors and a covered garden square out the back. Child friendly, with huge pizza bambini.
phone: +49 3583 793900address: Neustadt 14, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 700479address: Karl-Liebknecht-Ring 9, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 510651address: Äußere Weberstraße 71, 02763 ZittauNear the centre of Zittau.
phone: +49 3583 6860address: Friedensstraße 23, 02763 Zittau
phone: +49 3583 551-0address: Ottokarplatz 12, 02763 ZittauRestaurant with international menu.
phone: +49 3583 7918850address: Neustadt 28, 02763 ZittauThe hotel contains the restaurant "Essbar", haute cuisine.
phone: +49 3583 5730-0address: Äußere Oybiner Straße 9, 02763 ZittauThe hotel restaurant Scholek offers a fresh, modern menu with low-calorie options.
phone: +49 3583 5550address: Bautzner Straße 9, 02763 ZittauIn the heart of the historical centre. Restaurant available.