Here are two interesting tours that you may want to try out:1. Chemnitz - Zeisigwald - Chemnitz. Leave the main station through the main entrance and go on for some 250m, turn left and cross the bridge. Turn left immediately again and right at the next traffic lights. Up the hill to the third next traffic lights and down left again until the end of...more
This is not about political rhetoric or so, but simply about the fact that Chemnitz's most prominent sight was not found on my pages so far: the giant bronze Karl Marx head, built by Lew Kerbel in the 1970s. The photo shows what it's all about, namely the head of the philosopher in front of a wall with the inscription "Working Men of all Countries...more
This is an amazing 18th century ensemble, one of the most beautiful ones in Saxony. It is located on a hill above the Zschopau valley, some miles east of Chemnitz. There was a medieval castle at this place, but it was torn down after 1722 and in 1726 the magnificent Baroque Palace was completed. The architect is unknown but it was for sure one from...more
This late medieval church, a former pilgrimage and collegiate church, is a real gem and unfortunately mostly overlooked by tourists. It is located in the eastern outskirts of Chemnitz in lovely rural setting (see pic 1).In the first quarter of the 15th century a pilgrimage church was built, replacing a former Romanesque church in a fortified...more
This is the smallest castle in Saxony. And it is *really* small regarding dimensions, but *huge* regarding ambience and authenticity!The castle is located in the northwestern hills outside Chemnitz in a forest (Rabensteiner Forst). Right next to it is a mansion from 1776 with beautiful garden which was restored and turned into a hotel in 2011. The...more
In the southwestern outskirts of Chemnitz, at the foot of the Erzgebirge mountains, is a picturesque castle with moat located: Schloss Klaffenbach. It was built in Renaissance style 1555 - 60 for the owner of a silver mine. The preserved economy buildings which form a nice large courtyard were turned into hotel, restaurant, (work)shops. Next to the...more
The entrepreneurs of the 19th century made lots of money and built beautiful homes with it. One of them is an incunable of Art Nouveau architecture: Henry van de Velde designed a villa for textile factory owner Samuel Esche. 1903 the family moved in, the garden and an addition to the villa were built 1911, also by van de Velde.Rooms and interior...more
Where else in Saxony than in Chemnitz would be the perfect place for a Museum of Industry? It's the city where industrialization began. After 1990 when lots of plants were closed and buildings were abandoned the state Saxony decided to buy one, restore it and open the Museum of Industry there. The building was the former tool manufacture Escher and...more
In 2003 the Munich based art gallery owner Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser gave his collection of German art of the 20th century to Chemnitz, all in all more than 2,400 pieces. The former Sparkasse building, opened in 1930 and an excellent example of the architecture of that era, was restored and became home of this stunning collection.The most important...more
I picked the hotel mostly because of its location, conveniently close to the station and the city...more
nice stay , confortable rooms nothing particular. MANY BETTER PALCES AT LOWER PRICE IN THE AREA...more
Theaterplatz 4, Chemnitz, Saxony, 09111, Germany
Good for: Couples
If you're looking for an excellent Viennese coffeehouse then you might consider this one. Although the architecture is modern, the ambience, the (fancy)cakes and tarts, the coffee and tea etc. reminded me of the good old time. They even have a piano player on several afternoons each week (like when I visited).I had a piece of blueberry tart and a...more
Right in the pedestrian zone is this very nice Bistro-Restaurant where they serve excellent French cuisine. They have tables outside which were perfect for lunch on this sunny day in September.Service is very good, attentive and competent. I chose the daily offer, potatoes Rösti-style with mushrooms and a green salad (yummy), had a glass of...more
The literal translation of "Scheune" is barn which refers to the rural location and the part of the restaurant, one of the dining rooms, that originally was a barn. Grütznickels Scheune is a place for the locals, serves hearty, regional food. Unfortunately I did not have the time to eat there.I only wanted something to drink. A welcome surprise was...more
Right on the Markt square is the Cafe Venezia, a typical ice-cream and coffee place Italian style. They have tables outdoor in summer from where you have a good view of the folks parading by - but that's the only really positive aspect about it.I had a cup of ice-cream and cappuccino. Unfortunately the size of the ice-cream cup did not match the...more
One of the "In"-places in Chemnitz is the bistro/lounge/restaurant Don. It is located in the city centre, next to St. Jakobi church. The place has two floors: on the ground floor is the cafe, a grand staircase leads up to the restaurant area with a bar, off this one, on the corner with views of the pedestrian zone and St. Jakobi church, is the...more
A good place for a sumptuous breakfast buffet is the restaurant of the Hotel Mercure, located on the top floor and thus providing great views of the city. In case the weather co-operates you can see the Erzgebirge mountains from there (it did not for us).The breakfast buffet had all sorts of meat, cheese, eggs, bacon etc., fruit, yoghurt, cereals,...more
Just opposite the town hall is Turmbrauhaus, a bar for beer lovers and steak eaters. Huge servings and relatively cheap prices are definitely a pro! The Brauhaus (brewery) is found in the cellar and may be visited, too. For 1,50 Euro you can get a tour and beer tasting, for 14 Euro you get a tour, beer tasting and a hell lot of food. Decide...more
La Bouché is one of those bars which look pretty upperclassy and turn out to be just cool places. It’s slightly more expensive than average but the food is good and drinks can be enjoyed in a nice and cosy atmosphere. It's a favourite eating place for those working in central Chemnitz. nonemore
Subway to Peter – a strange name for a bar, isn’t it? Subway is an alternative bar near the station. Several times per month, there are concerts of local bands. Music includes Metal to Punk. A weird thing is that Subway offers Chemnitz's only vegan brunch. While the food is great, the atmosphere (a dark and somehow shabby cellar room) needs getting...more
Buses take you to places/districts where the trams don't run. You need them e.g. for the Kassberg district and for the castle Rabenstein. The main bus station is a few minutes walk from the main train station, but some buses also stop at the train station. The main bus station is where the regional buses to the surrounding region and the Erzgebirge...more
Trams are an important part of the public transportation network in Chemnitz. They all run via the city centre where you can change at "Zentralhaltestelle" stop. In the future the tram network will be majorly enlarged. The plan is to connect the towns in the surrounding region with Chemnitz by tram - called "Chemnitzer Modell".Base of the plan is a...more
No high-speed train (ICE), not even an IC train stops in Chemnitz. Still, travelling by train to Chemnitz is a good idea.The city is on the railway route Nürnberg - Hof - Dresden where IRE and RE trains run every two hours. Between Hof - Zwickau and Chemnitz (- Dresden) the RB trains run even more frequently. This route is undergoing...more
Galerie Roter Turm is a shopping mall located in the city centre. Apart from the usual bunch of shops (clothing: H&M, Lacoste, Xanaka..., books: Thalia, electronics: Saturn, mobile phones, flowers, tea...) there's a cinema centre on the top floor.
Galerie Roter Turm often hosts exhibitions of the most different kinds. There have been normal ones displaying photography, rather unusual ones displaying vintage cars and motorbikes and really unusual ones displaying plastic dinosaurs or living tropical insects!
What to buy: If you like tea, check out the large selection of the tea shop. Thalia, a book shop, is a huge shop where you can get nearly every book. Upstairs there's a resting area in which you can pre-read the books. Saturn covers every wish in terms of electronic devices and media.
What to pay: the same as everywhere in German cities
From Tuesday through Saturday there is a (mostly) food market on the square in front of the town hall. This is the largest food market in Chemnitz. I can confirm that the selection of veggies, fruits, all other sorts of agricultural products is very good. They also have street vendors there and the smell of freshly baked rolls, cakes or grilled...more
Since February 1st, 2008, Saxony's bars are smoke-free. There is a new law that prohibits smoking in bars except from those with an extra smokers' room. This means: finally you'll be able to enjoy a night at a bar without coming home smelling as though you've just left a burning house!Here's a list of bars that I enjoy going to (and will even more...more
a vital part to the German reproductive cycle is the meeting and mating of young Germans at large festivals like this one. They are not as hip as open-air festivals but contain people of all age groups and always involve lots of alcohol, flirting, and pissing in the bushes. All the cool boys always hang out at the BREAKDANCE ride for some reason....more
The catholic St. Joseph church is, so sto speak, the correspondent to the Ev.-Luth. Markuskirche. It is also located in the Sonnenberg district, only a few blocks away.It was built in the style of a (Neo-)Romanesque basilica 1907 - 09 according to plans of Isidor Wingen. The tall church tower is a landmark of the district. The whole ensemble of...more
This church, located at a nice square (Körnerplatz) in the district Sonnenberg south of the main railway station, was built in Neo-Gothic style by Berlin-based architects Abesser&Kröger 1893 - 95. The design follows the traditions of North-German brickstone architecture, quite unusal for Saxony. The church suffered only minor damage in WWII...more
One of the beautiful gardens/parks in the city is the Stadtpark that basically stretches over 6 km from the city centre along the small Chemnitz river. It goes back to a private park created in 1798 which was bought by the city in 1884, neighbouring areas were bought step by step in the following decades, so the park became larger.Mostly the park...more
Chemnitz has numerous indoor swimming pools, but the most beautiful is definitely the Stadtbad. Built in the Bauhaus style from 1928 to 1935, the Stadtbad has preserved several architectural features of that era. Swimming is possible in a 50m pool and a 25m pool, the latter mostly reserved for special occasions such as "swimming for elderly people" or "swimming for pregnants".
The Stadtbad also features a very nice sauna with several differently tempered rooms ranging from a 40°C steam sauna to a 95°C Finnish sauna.
Equipment: Swimming equipment, what else?!? Be aware that sauna means naked - no clothes are needed, only a towel.
For a city with a reputation as an industrial centre Chemnitz has surprisingly many parks and gardens. Just on the northern end of the city centre is the Schlossteich (lake below the former castle) with a nice park, a half mile farther north is the large Küchwald park with several typical attractions for kids/families, tennis courts etc.Along the...more
Naturally, a visitor of a German city heads to the city centre first, hoping to find a cute old town. You're out of luck in Chemnitz. The old town was destroyed in WWII, not much is left. Only a few public buildings like churches, a couple of townhouses, art museum and opera house were reconstructed. The town hall was one of the few buildings that...more
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