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Görlitz

Be wowed by Germany’s most easterly town

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.

4000 listed buildings

can be admired in Görlitz

511.500 EUR

were donated for building restoration work between 1995 and 2016 by an anonymous donor

1 European City

Görlitz/Zgorzelec - two countries

48 hours in Görlitz

Unique architectural monuments, exciting museums, and culinary delights. Take a look at the most beautiful sights, things to do and insider tips for a long weekend in Görlitz. We also very much recommend sampling the local specialities of poppy seed dumplings and poppy seed cake!

Our insider tips

  • “Via Thea" street theatre festival, taking place every August against the magnificent backdrop of the town’s historic buildings and featuring costumed actors, horses, carriages and elaborate decorations – quite a spectacle!

  • Church of St. Peter and Paul - This late Gothic hall church is a landmark in Görlitz, with a mighty eastern choir and towering, 72m-long copper roof. And don’t miss the delightful Baroque “Sun Organ”!

  • "Walk of Görliwood®“ - A must for film fans who can explore the town along its “film location trail”.

„I hope to come back very soon to Görlitz. I am deeply impressed by the beauty of this magnificent and wonderful city and thrilled by the hospitality of its people! ”
Daniel Brühl, German actor

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