Tourism is one of the most prosperous branches in the region. Overnight stays, in particular, have seen continuous growth, contrary to Saxon figures. This is mostly thanks to tourists in-terested in culture, as Görlitz offers an exceptional architectural cityscape and many cultural events. Görlitz is also the ideal starting point for tours to the surrounding regions of Upper Lusatia, Poland and the Czech Republic as well as to cities such as Dresden or Wroclaw.
Numerous large-scale endeavours undertaken by the Euro City of Görlitz-Zgorzelec help accel-erate this development. Visions are united, for example, in the large-scale project at Lake Berzdorf. Since 2002, water from the Neisse River has been diverted to this former open-pit mine located to the south of the twin city. In 2011, it will be one of the largest bodies of water in Saxony, with a total surface area of nearly 1,000 hectares. A yacht harbour is to be built on the south shore of the lake. Investors interested in building and operating hotels, holiday cottages, theme parks for tourists, a golf course, or a campground have found the right location here.