Setting the scene in Görlitz
A stroll through Görlitz is like a journey through 500 years of European architectural history with around 4,000 restored architectural monuments from the late Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau periods creating the sense of a fabulous open-air stage. News of this array of immaculate architecture have even made it to Hollywood, and time and again, the Renaissance town houses with their richly decorated façades and ornate vaults become the backdrop for international film productions. In fact, Görlitz, once a rich town on the Via Regia trading route, now carries the title of "European Film Location of the Decade". Speaking of Europe, Görlitz is actually split in two parts and its eastern section, Zgorzelec, across the Neisse river is in Poland. Not that you would notice the change of countries when crossing the bridge – the “European City of Görlitz | Zgorzelec” is very much a place without divisions.