Those who visit the city on the Neiße embark on a journey through five hundred years of European architecture. With structures of late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau Görlitz is now considered an urban Gesamtkunstwerk. The city benefited from remaining completely intact during World War II and also from being spared from the West German postwar architectural eyesores. The old town impresses with richly decorated facades, ornate vaults and intricate painted ceilings from the various eras. Nowhere else in Germany is there such a density of masterfully restored monuments. Among the most striking buildings is the town hall from the mid-14th century.