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The independent city of Chemnitz is located in Sachsen. It belongs to the metropolitan region of Central Germany and it is the third largest city in Sachsen. It ranks as one of the 30 largest cities in Germany-wide. In the time of Socialism, Chemnitz was a showcase metropolis and it was named Karl-Marx City from 1953 to 1990. The monument remains a landmark of the city today. The foothills of the Erz Mountains shape the image of the city just as much as the river Chemnitz. As a green city, Chemnitz has converted more than 60 square meters of green space per inhabitant.
Chemnitz is in a very convenient location. You can travel from all directions via the motorway junction in Chemnitz where the A 72 and the A 4 meet. With 8 junctions on the motorway, you have ample opportunities wherever you want to travel.
The main railway station in Chemnitz can be reached via the regional connections. The InterRegio line to Nuremberg also connects Chemnitz supra-regionally with the railway network. The airport in Dresden is 80 km away, the airport in Leipzig/Halle is 90 km away.
The city of Chemnitz comprises 39 districts. The last previously independent municipalities were only added to the metropolitan area after 1990, such as the urban district of Euba. It was the first district after 1990 that was incorporated into Chemnitz. Euba still retains its village feel but the just under 2000 inhabitants are drawing nearer to the city which is largely due to the new housing estates. The transport network in Euba is really good, those who wants to live in a low cost yet conveniently located place, choose to move to Euba. There are also ever more families with children that are following suit.
In addition to the Karl-Marx-Monument the Rote Turm „Red Tower“ is also a landmark of the city. It traces back to the medieval history of the city, the lower part of the tower is said to date from the end of the 12th Century. The tower was once part of the city wall but this is supposed to be a few years younger than the tower itself. In 1945 it was destroyed by the air raids and it burnt down. It was only in 1957/58 that was able to be rebuilt and at the same time a museum was established in the tower. It was introduced in Chemnitz for the monopoly game to appeal to the younger generation.
Around the marketplace in Chemnitz, you will be able to see some historical buildings which are testimony to the long history of the city. For that reason, the Alte und das Neue Rathaus „Old and New Town Hall“ characterise the main focus of the city centre. The old town hall dates back to the early 14th Century, where a building made out of wood occupied the representative function for the city. As a result of several fires, the town hall was destroyed and today´s building made out of stone originates from 1496. Alongside the baroque town hall building, there also stands the new town hall. It was built between 1908 and 1911. During the time of the industrial revolution, the population in Chemnitz needed a new town hall because the old one could no longer fulfill the needs of a growing population. In order to build it, several buildings around the square had to be torn down which is why the historical buildings are no longer with us today. The new town hall was the pride of the citizens, they too could demonstrate a bit of wealth and splendor which is something that Chemnitz definitely had at the start of the 20th Century.
You will also find the oldest church in Chemnitz directly behind the two town halls. The church St. Jacobi has stood here as early as the 12th Century and it survived all of the turmoil in the city, it was rebuilt several times. The church building, as you see it today, dates back to a new construction between 1350 and 1365. The three-nave main building in the late gothic style was also maintained after the city fires. The 60 meter high church tower originates from the year 1878. Above all you should take a look inside at the winged altar of Peter Breuer.
Chemnitz is rich in museums of all kinds. An important theme for the city is dealt with at the Sächsischen Industriemuseum Chemnitz. Here, everything revolves around industry and in particular around the significance of development through the city. A focal point of the exhibition deals with the textile industry, whose birthplace is in Chemnitz. But there are also other areas of industry such as the Saxon ore mining which is also dealt with by the museum.
The Deutsche Spielemuseum “German Games Museum” is not only interesting for children. Here you will find, amongst others, a historic permanent exhibition of the world of games. With alternating special exhibitions on interesting themes, it is the games room that rounds the experience off and it is here where you can test the latest board, card and party games. With the development of games, the area of electronic games must not be forgotten. Therefore, the museum also demonstrates how this genre developed and what the future holds.
The Restaurant Villa Esche is a good place for those who love delicious meals. The gourmet restaurant on the Parkstraße of Chemnitz will definitely convince you of its food. The cuisine leans a bit towards the French style and it is open for food from Tuesday´s until Sunday´s. There are exquisite meals on the menu such as black hake or blue shrimps. If you prefer something classic, you can also get a beef roulade with red cabbage and potato dumplings for 15.00 euros.
You can get simple food at the Kellerhaus. The restaurant is located in the oldest building in the city. You can get fish and meat dishes such as a pork filet and they are large portions. The sun terrace invites you to come and watch the world go by with a cool beer.