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G鰎litz is the easternmost town in the country, located on the Lusatian Neisse River in Saxony. It is opposite the Polish town of Zgorzelec, which was a part of G鰎litz until 1945.

Historically, G鰎litz was in the region of Upper Lusatia and belonged to the Electorate of Saxony since 1635. However, in 1815, due to the partition of Saxony some parts of Lusatia were integrated into the Prussian Province of Silesia, and later into the Province of Lower Silesia. G鰎litz is the largest city of the former Province of Lower Silesia that lies west of the Oder-Neisse line and hence remains in Germany today. Thus it is both the most Silesian city, in terms of character, and the largest, in Germany today. This is not unjustified since the city adapted to a large extent to the rest of Silesia when it was part of it administratively. The city combines Lusatian and Silesian traditions as well as German and Sorbian culture.

G鰎litz has a rich architectural heritage. Many movie-makers have used the various sites as backgrounds, for instance "Around the World in 80 Days" with Jackie Chan, "The Reader" with Kate Winslet or "The Book Thief" with Emily Watson.

Today G鰎litz and Zgorzelec, two towns on opposite banks of the narrow river, get along well. Two bridges have been rebuilt, a bus line connects the German and Polish parts of the town, and there is a common urban management, with annual joint sessions of both town councils.

The town has a rich architectural heritage (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Historicist, Art Nouveau). One example of this rich architectural heritage is the Sch鰊hof, which is one of the oldest civic renaissance buildings in Germany.

But with all of this G鰎litz is almost unknown for Trekkers. Only Ryszard posted some pictures from here.
I like such old roofs with eyes. Here the beautiful house near the new City Hall.

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A bit different view.

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