Keeping old traditions alive

Plauen: where embroidery is an art

Textile manufacturing has a long tradition in Plauen, going back to the 15th century when this small town in the Vogtland region enjoyed a first period of prosperity. However, things really took off in the late 19th century when lace “made in Plauen” started to conquer the world. A multitude of lacemakers launched their businesses in town and within a few years, the population doubled to over 100,000. Today, Plauen lace is still appreciated within the textile industry around the world, the “big rush”, however, is over. Nevertheless, the tradition of lacemaking is very much alive and the love for these delicate items made from the finest yarn is very visible in places such as the "Thread Factory" (die Fabrik der Fäden) where textile production, fashion, technology, as well as social and culture history are presented in a multifaceted way.

Other highlights in the town centre are the Old Town Hall, the Vogtland Museum, some fine historic patrician houses, and the double-towered St. Johannis Church. The latter was consecrated in 1122 and is one of the oldest churches in the Vogtland region.

Plauen highlights

48 hours in Plauen

Unique architectural monuments, exciting museums, and culinary delights. Take a look at the most beautiful sights, things to do and insider tips for a long weekend in Plauen!

Our insider tips

  • Bridges in Plauen: Plauen features some eye-catching bridges such as Alte Elsterbrücke from the 13th century, one of the oldest stone arch bridges in Central Europe, or the 100-year-old Friedensbrücke (peace bridge) as the widest stone arch bridge in the world spanning across the Syratal valley in an arch of 90 metres.

  • Weavers´ houses: row of houses in the town centre that was built centuries ago, where time seems to have stood still.

  • Tram & Beer The local tram includes one very special carriage, known as "Bier-Elektrische", which features six tables and space for 18 passengers to enjoy their beer in unusual surroundings. It can also be hired exclusively.

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