© Wolfgang Gärtner / TMGS

Itineraries

Industrial Heritage in Saxony (4 days)

Along the “Route of Industrial Heritage in Saxony” you’ll learn about how Saxony used to play an important role as economically strongest region in Germany – in museums or production sites that are still active today.

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Menschen vor dem Außengebäude der Spinnerei© Philipp Kirschner

DAY 1: LEIPZIG

The cotton spinning mill “Alte Spinnerei” (once the largest on the European mainland) has been revived by artists, designers, printers and gallery owners. Today, it houses more than 100 ateliers and galleries. Industrial culture, architecture and history can be experienced on a canal boat tour and a guided tour of the industrial quarter of Plagwitz. Visit to the car factories of BMW and Porsche. Tip: Become a Porsche driver for one day!
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Einblick in das Hochmuseum in Zwickau© Holger Stein Fotografie

DAY 2: ZWICKAU (117 KM) - PLAUEN (43 KM)

Zwickau: Birth place of the automobile empire of August Horch. In the new and extended August Horch Museum you’ll get to know automobile history in the only automotive museum in Germany located at its former production site. It houses very rare, sometimes even unique exhibits of early ­automobile production, e. g. refurbished models of Horch, Audi, Wanderer, DKW, and Trabant. Tour of the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau-Mosel.
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In Vitrinen und auf Sockeln stehen Kleider mit Spitze. Sie sind im Spitzenmuseum Plauen ausgestellt. © Ellen Liebner

DAY 2: ZWICKAU (117 KM) - PLAUEN (43 KM)

Plauen: Tour of the traditional show embroidery workshop of Plauener Spitze ® (Plauen lace): A demonstration on historic embroidery machines in the former embroidery manufactory conveys a vivid impression of the variety of Plauen laces and embroideries. Tour of the weavers’ houses, a 500-year-old listed row of houses.
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Ein Motorrad und ein alter silberner Oldtimer stehen im Museum für Sächsische Fahrzeuge in Chemnitz.© Wolfgang Gärtner / TMGS

DAY 3: CHEMNITZ (77 KM)

Chemnitz was once the most important city of German engineering. Tour of the railway museum: the biggest, still functioning steam engine depot in Europe presents numerous, often still operational historic vehicles. The Saxon Industrial Museum gives insights into the impressive history of Saxon industrial culture.
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Villa mit Garten© Wolfgang Thieme, CWE

DAY 3: CHEMNITZ (77 KM)

Museum of Saxon vehicles: In one of the oldest preserved multistorey car parks you will find an astonishing private collection of vehicles from Saxony. Tour of Villa Esche: Milestone of classic modernism, showpiece of modern industrial architecture and highlight of the European Henry van de Velde Route.
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Eine Gruppe macht einen Bergmannsschmaus im Silberbergwerk Reiche Zeche in Freiberg. Sie haben eine Platte auf dem Tisch und stoßen miteinander an.© Detlev Müller

DAY 4: CHEMNITZ - FREIBERG (36 KM)

Tour of the VW engine works in Chemnitz, then onward journey to Freiberg. Freiberg: Significant mining town and treasure trove of rich silver ores – Saxony’s town of silver. Visit to the exhibition “terra mineralia” at Schloss Freudenstein Castle: largest mineral collection in the world in a variety of colours and shapes with more than 3,500 exhibits. Guided tour of the exhibition mine in Freiberg.
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Ausstellung verschiedener Zweiräder und deren Entwicklung ab 1885.© Wolgang Gaertner

DAY 4: CHEMNITZ - FREIBERG (36 KM)

Tips: Saxony was also home of motorcycle production. Schloss Augustusburg Castle shows one of the most significant and comprising collections of twowheelers in Europe. In the course of industrialisation the first rail vehicles were produced in Saxony. Many steam-operated narrow-gauge railways and museum railways are still operated today.
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Dampfschifffahrt in Dresden © Holger Stein Fotografie

DAY 4: CHEMNITZ - FREIBERG (36 KM)

Further showpieces of Saxon industrial culture are: the ships of the Saxon Steam Navigation – between 80 and 130 years old, they make it the world’s oldest and largest fleet of paddle steamers. They cruise the Elbe between Dresden, Diesbar-Seußlitz and ­Saxon Switzerland.

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