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 Lace Museum at the Altmarkt square where a show embroidery workshop offers fascinating insights into the old craft as practiced by skilful craftspeople in town.
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.