Görlitz – Historic city on the Neisse River

A new video by Deutsche Welle speaks about how Görlitz is moving up. Görlitz wants UNESCO to recognize the city as a historic site. Görlitz has long had a reputation as one of Germany’s loveliest cities. The historic center features about 4,000 architectural jewels from across the centuries.

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The European Fashion Awards are coming to Görlitz!

The EURO FASHION AWARD will take place every year, and for the first time on 23rd April 2016 at the Kaufhaus Görlitz in the European city of Goerlitz/Zgorzelec, in the border triangle of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The venerable Art Nouveau Goerlitz department store is the initiator and organiser of the EURO FASHION AWARD and continues the important part that Goerlitz has played in the past as a centre of the clothier, textile and fashion industry in the free state of Saxony.

Click the image to order your tickets today:

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Fackelfeuer 15 at Galerie Alena

This private event took place last night:

To stay informed of upcoming events, you can Like her page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/galeriealena

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New Tourism Records in Görlitz

Last year, tourist came to Görlitz in unprecedented record numbers.
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258.217 tourists stayed overnight last year which is a 4.5 percent increase from the previous year.
The biggest increase was during the Christmas time where a 18.9 percent increase made it 18,699 guests staying overnight.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO US ALL!!!!

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First Look: “Alone in Berlin” (Filmed in Görlitz)

This brandnew movie filmed in Görlitz has just been presented at the Berlinale:

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson stated that she loves Görlitz and said it was quiet, peaceful and the people are friendly.


“Alone in Berlin” was filmed in Görlitz, Germany a year ago alongside in Berlin and Cologne. Görlitz is, has been and will remain one of the top European cities for making movies due to its amzingly old and well-maintained scenery. One city, 10 centuries. Whichever era within the last 1,000 years is to be depicted, there are locations available here in Görlitz. Walking through the town, you will easily recognize the many locations you have seen in various flicks. Many of the actors and actresses such as Emma Thompson are surprised seeing for themselves that there is such a great place they have never heard about. Görlitz is the surprise for many. And we are always happy to see newcomers come to Görlitz and discover a much-seen but not-so-much-known-about city.
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See also: The Top 10 Movies ever filmed in Görlitz

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“Görlitzer ART” Contemporary Art in Görlitz … Coming in April

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Contemporary Art in Görlitz
1st April 2016 until 9th April 2017:
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Experience contemporary art in public space in the Town of Görlitz! For one year, art objects which as a whole represent a showcase of Wrocław, the European Capital City of Culture 2016, will be exhibited. In numerous places of public use both young and established artists from Wrocław and Lower Silesia have opened new perspectives on the building structures of Görlitz, a German town being the richest in monuments. Enigmatical, facetiously and controversially, they have the viewer interactively participate in a dialogue between the art, the town, and its people. To this, the alternating scenery of all fours seasons provides new backgrounds. The total artwork is, thus, constantly changing making it worthwhile to visit Görlitz several times in order to enjoy the modern art in front of the towns’ historical setting. The pieces of art are connected together in a route; starting at the train station going all the way to the Oldtown Bridge (Altstadtbrücke) an ARTistic stroll unfolds.

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More here: http://www.goerlitzer-art.eu/english/

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And the oldest building in Görlitz is … ?

… and what is the story behind it?
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This story was told to me by Fabian Bonig, who is not only an artist, but also the town poet who serves as a living library for anything Görlitz to everyone who is lucky enough to meet him when entering the Bone Haus on Obermarkt 26.
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So what exactly is the story?
The house, of course is the Waidhaus located next to the St. Peter´s Church facing the Neisse river.

“Waid” is referring to Färberwaid which is the German name for Isatis tinctoria, a plant used to create the color Indigo blue.

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One of the ingredients best used to create the blue dye in addition to the leaves of woad (the common name for Isatis tinctoria), is urine.

There is a saying in Germany called “Blau machen” meaning “turn it blue”, which is commonly being used as a reference for “taking a day off” or “going out to drink”.

The Waidhaus, “or Woadhouse” was used to store the woad and back in the 12th century, when it was built, it was tradition to go drink on Sundays for the men and outside of the bar was a barrel which the patrons of the bar uninated into.

This was the urine used to help create blue dye out of the woad leaves and a new term (excuse) for getting drunk was created!

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Jam session tonight at Galerie Alena

The party is happening right now, Feb. 11, 18:00 until undetermined.
In case you need direction to Galerie Alena:
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From Bone Haus, follow the Verrätergasse all the way to the other end and it is the first house on the right hand side.
See you there!

(The image depicts the Verrätergasse 100 years ago)

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