Nature Park Zittauer Gebirge

My favourite mountains

Mystical creatures out of stone

‎In the far south-east corner of Germany, where the borders of Czech Republic, Poland and Germany meet, rise the Zittauer Mountains. Germanys smallest mountain range is most impressive for its volcanic peaks, stone formations that remind of mystical creatures, and fantastic long-distance views.

Bizarre sand stone figures rise between the rolling mountains, whose beauty and charm inspired even the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich back in his time. It is the ideal area for even young mountain climbers to keep up pace while exploring the area.

The textile village Grosschoenau

On the foot of the Zittauer mountains lies the municipality of Grossschoenau. Grown from its historic roots, which reach back into the 12th century, the village today represents a one-of-its-kind combination of modern vacation area with traditional awareness.


More than anyother town in Germany Grosschoenau is tightly connected with the history ofdamask and terry cloth weaving. That is because here they were weaving thegreatest amounts of real damask and for the longest time. The villagearchitecture was strongly influenced by this: walking through the village youwill notice a unique timber frame house style, typical for this region, the"Umgebinde" houses which were mainly occupied by weavers.
The village is proud of its rich historyand the development it took in more recent years. All throughout the village you can experience the ever present textile history while enjoyingeverything you expect from a tourist friendly destination. Here are some placeswhere visitors can learn about the textile history first hand:

  • Deutsches Damast- und Frottiermuseum‎

  • (German Damask and Terry Cloth Museum)
  • Volkskunde- und Mühlenmuseum Waltersdorf‎

  • (Folk and Mill Museum Waltersdorf)
  • Schauwerkstatt des Deutschen Damast- und Frottiermuseums‎

  • (Demonstration showroom of the German Damask and Terry Cloth Museum)
  • regelmäßige Werksbesichtigungen der Frottana Textil GmbH & Co.KG‎

  • (regular factory tours of the Frottana Textil GmbH & Co.KG)
  • Outletstore (Fabrikverkauf) der Damino GmbH‎

  • Outletstore (Fabrikverkauf) der Frottana Textil GmbH & Co.KG‎

  • Ortsführungen durch das Textildorf Großschönau‎

  • (Guided textile village tours)
  • Ortsführungen durch den Erholungsort Waltersdorf entlang des Umgebindehaus-Denkmalpfades‎

  • (Guided village tours following the historic Upper-Lusatia-house path)

A stroll through the Nature Park Zittauer Gebirge

Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge
Nature park Zittauer Mountains
Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge
Nature park Zittauer Mountains
Erholungsort Walterdorf
Resort village Waltersdorf
Zittauer Schmalspurbahn
Zittauer steam train
Textildorf Großschönau
Textile village Großschönau
Textildorf Großschönau
Textile village Großschönau
Textildorf Großschönau
Textile village Großschönau
Textildorf Großschönau
Textile village Großschönau
Textildorf Großschönau
Textile village Großschönau
Erholungsort Waltersdorf
Resort village Waltersdorf
Naturparkhaus im Erholungsort Waltersdorf
Nature park house in the resort village Waltersdorf
Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge im Winter
Winter at the Nature park Zittauer Mountains
Erholungsort Waltersdorf im Winter
Winter at the Nature park Zittauer Mountains
Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge im Winter
Winter at the Nature park Zittauer Mountains
Naturpark Zittauer Gebirge im Winter
Winter at the Nature park Zittauer Mountains
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