Friday 26 October 2018

Görlitz as seen from Zgorzelec (Copyright © 2013 Hendrik Böttger /


The Fackellauf (‘Torch Run’), or Bieg przy Pochodniach in Polish, is a cross-border running event held annually in the autumn in the historic city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec.

It attracts approximately 300 to 400 runners from both sides of the Lausitzer Neiße river (Polish: Nysa Łużycka) which cuts the city in two — Görlitz in Germany and Zgorzelec in Poland.

Two race distances are available:

  • ca. 3.9km (one lap)
  • ca. 7.8km (two laps)

Starting at the Altstadtbrücke (Most Staromiejski), a footbridge that connects the two parts of the city (pictured), participants run along the Polish and the German bank of the river, crossing two torch-lit bridges.


13. Fackellauf "Heinz Anders":


  • 26 October 2018 (Friday)

Start time:

  • 18.30: ca. 7.8km
  • 18.40: ca. 3.9km

Event website:



Map of the venue:


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