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Zittau is situated east of Germany – in the state of Saxony, close to the border with both Poland and the Czech Republic .Only the river Neisse separates Zittau from the Polish towns Sieniawka and Porajów – and the distance to the Czech border is just 3 km. Today Zittau has about 29,000 residents – which represents a marked decline from the most populous period at that time Germany was split in two.At its peak there were then twice as many people here.
There are several notable buildings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Zittau. The important thing is Salzhausen / Marstall (1511), Altes Gymnasium (1571), Domspachhaus am Markt (1553) and Heffterbau – which is part of an old Franciscan monastery from the early 1600s. This is also Kulturhistorisches Museum Franziskanerkloster, where such can see a collection of “Fastentücher” (fixed mesh) from the 1500s.
Several of the city’s beautiful churches have their origins in the Middle Ages, although the later has been subject to major changes / modifications. St. Johannis-Kirche was built in 1291, but burned down and was rebuilt in the 1700s. The Frauenkirche (listed in 1355) has been ravaged by fire (restored in the 1600s) – while Weberkirche / Drefaltigkeitskirche, which was originally built ca. 1500, was extensively remodeled and expanded in the 1700s.
Nearest international airport is Dresden Airport, located 77 km northwest of Zittau. It may also be mentioned that the Prague Airport in the Czech capital is Zittaus local area – approx. 95 km south of the city.