If you like contrasts, the Chemnitz-Zwickau region is just the ticket for you where you’ll find a fascinating industrial heritage and beautiful nature in equal measures. More than 70 museums and unique architectural monuments tell a key part of the story of the industrialisation in Germany. Countless castles, theatres and art collections in Chemnitz and Zwickau attract culture lovers to both cities while the green side of the region can be explored on a range of cycling and hiking trails, for example along the idyllic Mulde river.
Things not to miss in the Chemnitz-Zwickau region
August Horch Museum Zwickau
It’s not widely known outside Germany, but the small town of Zwickau used to be one of the centres of the country‘s car industry. In 1904, one August Horch laid the foundations here for car manufacturing in Saxony and for what later became the “Vorsprung durch Technik” Audi brand, now all to be explored in the August Horch Museum including many fabulous classic cars!
Robert Schumann Haus Zwickau
On 8 June 1810, Robert Schumann, widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, was born in Zwickau and music lovers can today visit his birthplace where exhibits such as photography, letters and original furniture provide intimate insights in the composer’s life.
A special place for music: Opened in 1903, the “Neue Welt” concert hall in Zwickau is as charming as they come, all in beautiful Art Nouveau style. It regularly hosts world-famous orchestras and ensembles.
Saxon Museum of Industry Chemnitz
The Saxon Museum of Industry comprises four different locations where visitors can explore Saxony’s industrial history, including in a former cloth factory and a tin mine. See impressive machines, historic cars and get insights into people’s lives from the onset of the industrialisation to the present day.
Chemnitz city centre
Chemnitz is a mecca for architecture fans. Its city centre features award-winning architecture as well as countless opportunities for shopping, art and culinary explorations.
You’re after activities & nature? Try the Chemnitz-Zwickau region for…
From a hike along the river between Glauchau and Penig to walking in the footsteps of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther – there’s a lot of hiking to be done here!
How about cycling along the Pleiße river river where you’ll find evidence of the region’s industrial past as well as wide river meadows and romantic villages.
The Mulde river at Waldenburg is perfect for kayak tours!
Wild swimming at its best in one of the region’s many lakes.
Tip: For a leisurely stroll through a beautifully landscaped park and garden we recommend the park of Wolkenburg Castle in Limbach.