Augustastrasse is one of the more grandeur historicistic streets of Görlitz’ grand historicism ensemble of architecture. It lies around the corner of the main station and runs parallel to Berliner Straße between train station and city centre. Besides historicism one can also find elements of Art Nouveau here. All of these buildings are listed as cultural monuments in Görlitz and one of the architects was Gerhard Röhr (Nr. 26, 27, 31).
Görlitz is known for having one of the most intact historic old towns in germany and it is also the city located the farthest in its east. It is also known for the anonymous Altstadtmillion (old town million). Between 1995 and 2016 each year the city received an anonymous amount of one million Deutsche Mark (later that amount in Euro) to be spent for reconstructing the old town. However, the parallel economic and industrial decline after the wall came down, resulted in the reconstructed old town becoming a renting paradise with cheap flats which attracted especially elder and retired people. Hence Görlitz is also considered a Pensionopolis. Another nickname the city aquired is Görliwood, reflecting on the large movie productions, that were attracted by Görlitz’ cityscape.
This cityscape panorama of the saxon city Görlitz was presented, together with more previews from Görlitz, in week 30 of our 101 weeks 101 cities of europe project.