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    Robert Schumann Monument and Schumann House

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    If there is a monument to the Trabant there must also be one to Robert Schumann... The composer's statue can be found in the heart of the city in Hauptmarkt, facing Zwickau's most beautiful building, the Gewandhaus.

    Robert Schumann was born in a house in Hauptmarkt on June 8, 1810 and spent the first 18 years of his life in Zwickau. It's the bicentennary this year and some festivities can be expected to celebrate his 200th birthday.
    His parental house in Hauptmarkt was demolished in 1955, the present house in the same location is a replica. A permanent exhibition presents the composer and his wife, the pianist Clara Wieck.

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    Gewandhaus

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 6, 2010

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    Zwickau's most beautiful historical building is the Gewandhaus in Hauptmarkt. The late gothic building with the impressive tracery in the gable was erected in 1522-1525. On the first floor the city's fabric merchants sold their products. The ground floor hosted the butchers' and bakers' stalls and the scales.

    Since 1823 Gewandhaus has been the seat of the city theatre. In the mid-19th century the interior was changed into a theatre hall. The theatre cooperates with the one in Plauen nowadays.
    Website of Theater Zwickau-Plauen

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    Trabant Monument

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 6, 2010

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    The classic among DDR cars, the Trabant, was produced by VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke in Zwickau. From 1957 to 1990 more than 3 million "Trabis" left the premises. To avoid expensive steel imports, first experiments were made with cardboard but production quickly turned to Duroplast as material for the body. Nevertheless the nickname Flinke Pappe ("Speedy Cardboard") remained - at least that's what my cousin used to call hers. There are countless jokes about those little cars...

    After the opening of the wall most Trabant owners quickly substituted them by bigger and faster Western cars. However, the little plastic car soon became a DDR symbol and cult car and those people who still have one treasure it with nostalgy, or better "Ostalgie". There are still some of them around in the streets, although they have become a rare sight.

    In Zwickau's pedestrian zone a stone monument honours the city's best-known product.

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    Priesterhäuser

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Zwickau's top sight. The group of the four Priests' Houses is one of the oldest ensembles of residential houses in the whole of Germany. The earliest secured date, result of a dendrochronology on a beam in the ceiling of one of them, is 1264. They received their present shape around 1500. Originally there were twelve of them around the churchyard of the Dom. They were inhabited by the clerics of the town's main parish church, thus must be considered upscale housing, compared to average medieval living conditions.

    The four houses have recently been restored and are now part of a museum that presents the history of the city. The round tour leads ups and down through all four houses from the cellar to the attic, and then through the modern museum building in the backyard. Due to heating problems a part of the attics was closed this winter, though. Explanations are provided in both German and English.
    The architecture is original. Most impressive: the construction of the roofs. The furniture is a museum presentation that represents life in a well-to-do household in the late middle ages and time of the Reformation.
    Orientation is unfortunately not very clear. We often had difficulties to figure out in which of the four houses we were at the moment.

    The new museum in the back, connected to the Priests' Houses by two glass walkways, shows a permanent exhibition on Zwickau's history which is currently (Dec 2009) being redesigned and only partly accessible, and temporary exhibitions.

    Opening hours: Tues-Sun 13.00-18.00, closed on Mondays
    Entrance fee: adults 4 €, children and concessions 2 €, family ticket 9 €

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    Dome Church (St. Mary's)

    by King_Golo Written Aug 24, 2007

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    Inside St. Mary's

    After we finally made our way out of the police station, I tried to see at least a little bit of Zwickau. Thus, the first step was to go to the dome church, Zwickau's landmark. Unfortunately, the guided tour was nearly over, so I can't tell you anything of historical interest about this church.
    Instead, here's the link to wikipedia's entry about St. Mary's (only in German, sorry!).
    Opposite of the dome church there are the so-called preacher houses which are said to be the oldest urban residential houses of Eastern Germany.

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    Katharinen-church

    by blackbirdxx Written Jan 14, 2008

    Katharinenkirche (Catherine`s church ) was built 1206 - 1212
    Thomas Müntzer worked here 1520 as a preacher

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    Dom St. Marien

    by blackbirdxx Written Jan 14, 2008

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    Built around 1200 as a romanic Basilika ; rebuilt in 1453 until 1565 into late-gothic hall-church;Since the reformation 1518 St. Marien is a protestant church.

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