Jaroslaw Zalewski is a medical director, orthopedist and accident surgeon. He and his family have been living in Görlitz for over ten years, where they have built themselves a house. The sporty Pole loves the recreational opportunities right on his doorstep. After work, Jaroslaw Zalewski is in a few minutes on Berzdorfer lake at the gates of Görlitz and appreciates the always blowing strong wind there. In winter you can go skiing in the nearby mountains of the Czech Republic and Poland. This is an important compensation for his job. He agrees with his family: "We stay in Görlitz."
The European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec is a German-Polish twin town. In 1945, the river Neiße divided the parts. Today, it unites the town. Many people naturally enjoy life in Poland and Germany, life here, work there. Meet in restaurants on one side, go dancing on the other.
This is, where the European idea comes to life. Yet, this did not come by easily. Citizens from Görlitz and Zgorzelec, who were separated for 40 years until 1989, need time to get to know each other. It was seen as a grand symbol, when Görlitz and Zgorzelec declared to be a European town in 1998. With the EU expansion in 2004, the town was perceived more in the heart of the continent. Yet, this alone does not make it a real European town. This is only possible thanks to the many interactions and cooperation with people. Today, almost 4,000 Polish citizens live in Görlitz, more than 10 per cent of Görlitz’s population are international citizens. This cooperative daily life provides a good basis for a successful development of the European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec. Attractive to people who see Europe as their home, without having to leave behind language, home and tradition.
We welcome you, come home. Come to the European town Görlitz-Zgorzelec.