St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church

Gorlitz is a picturesque town on Germany's border with Poland known for its distinctive architecture and incredibly preserved old town quarter. It's a town so suited to movies that it's actually been many, including "Inglorious Basterds," "The Book Thief," "The Reader" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

The town hugs the Lusatian Neisse, which separates it from the neighboring Polish town of Zgorzelec. Both towns are known for their Silesian heritage even if there's no mistaking which is German and which is Poland. In Gorlitz St. Peter's Church dominates the skyline with two steeples. 


But it's very possible that the town could have been Polish instead though. Gorlitz is the town furthermost east on the Oder–Neisse line, which was drawn up as the border of Germany and Poland at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Today, visitors to Gorlitz and Zgorzelec could be forgiven for not realizing these two towns are separated by more than a small river. Relations between the towns is great and they even share certain municipal services. Because of easy border crossing, it's easy to move between the two and enjoy exploring both towns over the course of an afternoon.

Gorlitz is worth a trip on its own with a plethora of architectural styles including Gothic, Art Nouveau, Neoclassical, Baroque and Renaissance.