Lufthansa offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Dresden. Gorlitz is about an hour by train from Dresden; one-way fare is about $26.
WHERE TO STAY
Restaurant Pension Destille
Charming inn with a great restaurant at the foot of the old city wall. Double rooms from $85.
Early 18th-century Baroque building on the oldest Gorlitz square, now a stylish hotel and restaurant. Double rooms from about $147.
WHERE TO EAT
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.
A warm and cozy restaurant with entrees from $8.
Corner of Neissstrasse and Kranzelstrasse
Superb coffee shop with dozens of coffee styles. Owner Thomas Bednarek spent years in Italy perfecting his craft.
WHAT TO DO
Barockhaus (Baroque House)
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.
Platz des 17. Juni 1
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.