The little white tower is easily overlooked between the huge new town hall and the almost as huge new shopping mall. It is the last remaining tower of old Plauen's fortifications and dates from around 1200. The terrain has been changed several times, originally the tower rose 30 metres above the valley of the Syra stream. It was named the "Nuns...more
The prettiest building in the whole of Plauen is the old town hall. The facade towards Altmarkt, the market square, combines gothic and renaissance style. The lower part, built in 1506, has late gothic curtain windows. The gable, already designed in the then ultra-modern style of the renbaissance, was added 40 years later. The artistic clock face...more
From the outside the church may not look too appealing at the moment. The exterior is still under restauration (September 2011) so it is hard to guess what's behind the scaffolding. Nevertheless, walk in and have a look inside. The interior is already finished and done. The church is a rather early example of baroque church architecture in Lutheran...more
The white church with the two steeples is prominent in Plauen's skyline. It is even more prominent in Plauen's historiography: The document about its consecration in 1122 is the oldest known mentioning of the town, Plauen's written history begins with it. In the middle ages the church was in the hands of the Teutonic order. They substituted the...more
The old bridge is one of the oldest stone bridges in this part of Germany (not wanting to repeat the local superlatives). It dates back to the 13th century, first mentioned as "pons lapideus" (stone bridge) in 1244. The river crossing served for an important trade route in former times. It used to have a tower at each end but these are long...more
e.o.plauen is the pseudonym of Erich Ohser, an artist who became famous for his witty, funny cartoons that tell the antics of a father an his little son. The cartoons are without text, hence understandable without any language skills and recommended for non-German speakers, too. They are enjoyable, even hilarious.An example: Father and son discover...more
The "open workshop of embroidery and lace-making" was to me the most interesting attraction I visited in Plauen. Here they actually show how lace is made and how the machines work.Exhibition and workshop can be visited with guided tours only, They do the tour whenever visitors arrive, I had the guide all to myself. At first she sort of recited the...more
The historical museum of the town occupies three late 18th century townhouses, once the residential homes of three wealthy merchants and their families: Kanz, Baumgärtel, and Krause. The museum presents the history of the city and the surrounding region from the stone age to the era nof industrialization (the 20th century is missing, though). The...more
The museum in the old town hall presents the process of making lace, and the golden era in Plauen's history, the times just before World War I when lace was the ultimate chic material in ladies' fashion. In those times Plauen used to be the capital of lace-making and sold its products to the elegant world all over Europe.The first part of the...more
Theaterstr. 7, Plauen 08523
Good for: Solo
The hotel is a villa from the 1860s, refurbished in the 1920s, and recently well restored. It is...more
Bahnhofstrasse 17, Plauen, 8523, de
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
After visiting the „Kletterpark“ for example the restaurant with huge beergarden „Brauereiausschank Tennera“ close to the “Stadtpark” is a nice place to rest. Outside you have to get yourself the drinks at the bar. There you can also order food. It’s wonderful to sit outside if the weather is good. Tennera is surrounded by wood so you can go for al walk before or after visiting it. Open every day form 11 a.m.
Favorite Dish: The food is more good plain cooking, very good and you get big portions. I can recommend the turkey salad which is very nice.
Plauen has three train stations: Oberer Bahnhof, Unterer Bahnhof, Westbahnhof. Oberer Bahnhof, the "upper" station, is the main one that you will need when you are arriving or departing on the Sachsen-Franken-Express route, the train line Dresden - Chemnitz - Hof - Nürnberg, or from the northern direction. The name "Upper Station" should be taken...more
Plauen's tram network was a pleasant surprise. I had considered Plauen some kind of smallish town but this has big city quality. During the daytime all tram lines run at intervals of 10 minutes, so you never wait long. All lines meet at the central stop "Tunnel" next to the old town and the end of Bahnhofstraße. Five tram lines (1 and 3 - 6) and...more
2 Reviews and Opinions
I discovered this quarter by coincidence while touring randomly on the tram lines of the town. Westend and Neundorf, the western suburbs of Plauen, consist almost completely of art nouveau architecture. The entire quarter seems to have been planned and built during Plauen's most prosperous era before World War I when it was the European centre of lace-making and almost tripled its population within a few decades.
Having a lot of money often causes an inclination to show off. The facades of the villas and townhouses are overflowing with sculptures and stucco ornaments.
How to get there: take the tram 3 or 6 to "Neundorf", get off at the terminal station and look around you. Trams run every 10 minutes.
Practical hint: Free public toilets can be found inside the big ugly furniture store named "Biller" on the uphill side of the square (the thing is impossible to overlook). Walk in and keep left, past the carpets. Try to look like a potential customer, though.
At the „Kletterwald Pöhl“, close to Plauen, you can show how fit you are. You can climb through the wood on ropes ad boards – nothing for you if you do not have a good head for heights. They offer four different levels: “Spaß” (fun) for warming-up and children, one to two metres above the ground. “Fitness” is two to four metres high and a kind of “entrance fee” for the more difficult levels. “Abenteuer” (adventure) is four to six metres high, for “Risiko” (risk) you need to be fit for climbing up to ten metres on ropes.
Equipment: Of course you should wear good shoes and casual clothes. At the weekends there’s a lot of “traffic” there, so you better got there in the week. Open from 25th March to 17th June, 12th September to 31st October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday to Saturday and daily on holidays of Thuringia, Bavaria and Saxonia. From 18th June to 11th September open daily from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. If you are more than ten persons you should call before. Price for adults 14 Euro, for teenagers until 16 years 12 Euro, children until12 years 8 Euro, special rates for familys. You can stay there for 150 minutes.
The PlauenCard is a discount pass that includes five museums in Plauen, one visit each: Spitzenmuseum/Museum of Lace, Schaustickerei, Vogtlandmuseum, Galerie e.o.plauen, Galerie im Malzhaus. It is valid for three consecutive days.
Prices: 9.10 € for one adult plus two children, 16.10 € for the family card (two adults plus two children). The card pays for a single adult already with the third museum, so it is worth considering.
The PlauenCard is available at the tourist information office and at the participating museums.