Görlitz: 500 years of architectural history

On the Polish border, in the eastern part of Germany, lies the Saxon Görlitz. A town that survived the Second World War almost untouched. Around 4000 restored monuments create the cityscape today. Discover architecture from the late Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau movements. The old town, with its impressive town hall, is particularly impressive - from the tower you have a great view over the town, too. The historic setting has also impressed countless film producers. Since the 50s, over 100 productions have been filmed in the lovingly named “Görliwood”, including scenes for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards”.

One town, two cultures.

Located on the “Via Regia”, one of the most important trading and military routes of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Görlitz was one of the most influential trading centres in Europe. This period also produced the unique Low German houses that were wide enough for a whole horse and cart to pass through. Low German houses were built for rich cloth merchants to sell their wares. The characteristic station building and the Art Nouveau department store are representative of the Wilhelminian quarter built around 1900. Germany was divided after the war, but in 1998, Görlitz and its Polish sister town Zgorzelec were declared European again. Here you can experience two different cultures connected by one bridge.

Historic Theatre

For three days every August, Görlitz transforms into a huge open-air stage. The “Via Thea” offers performances of historical legends and lets us glimpse what the Görlitz of the Middle Ages would have looked like.

Discover more highlights in Germany

Germany, at the very heart of Europe, has an incredible amount to discover. We took to the road and captured what we found, to whet your appetite for your next trip to Germany.