One of Germany’s most modern cities, Chemnitz is located in the Free State of Saxony, on the northern hills of the Ore Mountains.The independent city of Chemnitz has a population of 250,000 inhabitants and is the third largest city in the area.
After the German reunification, Chemnitz experienced an influx of restoration and reconstruction that changed its appearance significantly. Some of the city’s most impressive buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries and are located in the Kassbergneighbourhood.
The Karl Marx Monument, a seven-metre-tall bronze head, dates from the DDR period when the city itself was called Karl Marx Stadt.
The Red Tower, dating from the end of the 12th century, is located in the centre of the city.It’s the only landmark that remains from the former city wall.
Some other interesting edifices you should visit while in Chemnitz are the Old Town Hall, with its Renaissance portal dating from the 15th century, the Opera House, located in the Theatre Square, and the Old University building. Moreover, the smallest castle in Saxony, the Rabenstein Castle is located in Chemnitz.
Chemnitz is home to one of the few petrified forests in the world, located in the courtyard of the KulturkaufhausTietz. The origins of the Chemnitz Petrified Forest are lost in the mist of history, many millions years ago.
The Chemnitz Industrial Museum is an Anchor Point for the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The city’s Museum of Modern Art ‘Gunzenhauser’ was opened in 2007, housing a collection of 2,500 paintings and drawings.
For a relaxing promenade, try the city’s Botanical Garden and the Arktisch-Alpiner Garden,which specialises in arctic and alpine plants.
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