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Old May 29th, 2011, 01:21 PM   #161
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Next stop Zittau.
Zittau lies in the border triangle D/CZ/PL. Between 1400 and 1750 it was one of the richest towns in Upper Lusatia/Saxony and was called "the rich". In 1757, during the Seven Years War, Zittau was completely leveled by evil Austrians. This episode was such a big deal back then that fundraising campaings all over Europe were started. The town prospered again until 1945. After the Sudeten Germans were expelled from Bohemia and the Polish border moved to the Neisse river on the outskirts of the town Zittau lost its economic bonds. The situation was stable during Commie times, but since the system change the number of inhabitants dropped from 39.000 to 21.000 in just 20 years. A small Detroit if you like. The northern part of the old town is in pretty good shape, whereas the southern, traditionally poorer, part is a real problem.
I will show you mostly the northern part... I didn't want to kill my good mood.

We start at the Markt (market square), which is in the middle between the working northern and the sad southern part. The city council wants to redesign the Markt in 2012:






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Old May 29th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #162
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Old May 29th, 2011, 01:32 PM   #163
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Construction works are a good sign:




A part from the old town hall, which was also destroyed in 1757. The plate shows the Bohemian lion, of which Zittau was a part until 1635:



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Old May 29th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #164
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Butcher's stalls:




In the background the spire of the minster. The house in the middle is a department store built in the 50s, after the previous house was destroyed in WW2:



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The small square behind the town hall:





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Old May 29th, 2011, 02:07 PM   #166
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Lovely town. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! I've lived in Saxony, but I've never been in that town.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #167
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Spire of the town hall, which was built in 1845, in the background:

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We enter the Neustadt (new town), the second big square of the town, which is dominated by three fountains and a huge magazine. First the Herkulesbrunnen (Hercules fountain) from 1708:





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Old May 29th, 2011, 08:19 PM   #169
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I just scrolled through all of these pages again. Amazing region, amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing these.
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The Samariterinnenbrunnen (Samaritian fountain) from 1679, in the background the magazine:






The southern part of the Neustadt, as you can see the condition of the houses is considerably worse. The big unrestored house at the end of the street was built as the flour magazine of the town in 1828:

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Still the Neustadt, to the left the magazine:






Sparkasse (savings bank), as far as I remember completely rebuilt in the early 90s:

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A happy lion:




Finally the huge magazine from the 16th century, which was even more impressive before the restoration:




Schwanenbrunnen (swan fountain) from 1710. The house on the right is in a very bad shape:

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Parks surround the old town :





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Fleischerbastei, a preserved part of the town fortification:




Blumenuhr (flower clock) and porcelain carillon:

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This villa was recently reconstructed by a Dutch professor for architecture on the local university:






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Former architecture school from 1846:






And more representative buildings along the former town wall:

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wow. Zittau looks amazing! Could this town be visited as a day trip from Dresden?
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wow. Zittau looks amazing! Could this town be visited as a day trip from Dresden?
Sure. The trains need only ~75 minutes.
From Zittaus train station you can also use the narrow gauge steam train



to the Zittau mountains



which I will show here later.

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Old May 30th, 2011, 02:05 PM   #179
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I was there! It is true that the Zittau not visited, but drove Zittauer Schmalspurbahn to Kurort Oybin (beautiful surroundings and the mountains) and back
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The theatre, still used (in a town of only 21.000 people!) is a Nazi building from 1937:






The back sides of many old buildings are often pretty modern:

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