The "New World" was built in 1903 as a concert hall and ballroom. The architecture is a mix of neo-baroque and art nouveau. The white facade looks already promising, the interior shows the full splendor at the end of the belle epoque. The interior can only be enjoyed during events, though. If you are spending enough time in Zwickau, check what's...more
Like all those industrial cities Zwickau grew a lot during the decades around 1900. First it was historism but then art nouveau became the style of fashion. A large quarter North of the city centre was covered with townhouses and villas during that era before World War I. Since the reunification a lot of renovation work has been completed. Most of...more
August Horch's villa next to the old factory grounds is easily missed, that's why I gave it a separate tip. The villa is part of Horch-Museum (see previous tip) and included in your museum ticket. The entrance is from the street but the door is firmly locked. If you want to see the interior of the villa, notify the cash desk at the museum...more
For more than 100 years cars have been built in Zwickau. The city's automobile history begins in 1904 when the engineer August Horch opened his factory. Horch automobiles were successful on the young market. However, the owner and founder of the factory soon got in trouble with the management and had to leave his own company. He wanted to start a...more
The house named Schiffchen (little ship) is the oldest and prettiest building in Kornmarkt square. It was built on a street corner with a pointed angle, hence the shape which resembles, with some imagination, to a ship's bow. The youse dates from 1485 and belonged to a wealtrhy solocitor.The house sign is a stone relief depicting a gilded anchor....more
During my first visit the town hall was invisible behind scaffolding. Now the renovation works are finished, and the facade is all shiny. The town hall of Zwickau was built in 1404 after a fire destroyed its precedessor together with most of the town. The facade towards Hauptmarkt, however, does not look medieval at all, and it isn't. The town hall...more
The so-called "Dom" is not a cathedral but the main parish church of the city. A church in cathedral dimensions, though.The impressive baroque spire was designed in the 17th century after the model of Katharinenkirche in Hamburg.Zwickau's Dom is one of those late gothic churches Saxony is famous for. It has the typical "hall church" scheme with...more
The Baroque Schloss Planitz was built under Johann Georg von Arnim about 1719 after the previous building had been destroyed by the Swedish troops in 1640 (30years war). The Arnim family owned it until 1923 when the town administration of Zwickau bought it.The four-wing structure has a beautiful, quite ornate facade with sculptured coats-of-arms...more
Castle Stein is one of the many castles in the surroundings of Zwickau that are worth a visit. Its setting alone, on a rock above the Mulde river in a lovely valley, surrounded by vast forests, makes it worthwile to see. A train stop (22 minutes from Zwickau, stop "Hartenstein", hourly trains) is a minute away, so getting there is easy.The castle...more
This wooden bridge crossing the Mulde river was built 1790, replacing an older one that was destroyed by a flood. It's for walkers and bikers only.The special thing is that since a 1535 wooden pipeline that was integrated in the bridge provided water for the city, originating in nearby Reinsberg. A document in the city archive tells us that as...more
Schloss Osterstein, together with the neighbouring corn storehouse, forms a remarkable ensemble from the Renaissance era. It was built as a castle for the dukes of Saxony 1587-90. Three wings form a courtyard but leave the eastern side to the river open. Picturesque Renaissance gables, two towers with stairwells in the courtyard plus a tower with...more
One of the most picturesque scenes in Zwickau is to find at Kornmarkt square. While the western and southern sides of the square are (re)built in modern style the other townhouses are really old.Most unusual style has the townhouse "Schiffchen", named after the emblem on the facade that shows an anchor. The ground plan of the house follows exactly...more
Talstrasse 1, Hartenstein, Zwickau, Saxony, 08118, Germany
Good for: Couples
This hotel is basically the only one for travelers that expect more than just a bed, shower and...more
Leipziger Str. 180, Zwickau 08058
Good for: Couples
The old train station of Hartenstein, the small town near Zwickau, is not used by the Deutsche Bahn anymore but it was turned into a very nice restaurant. The best feature is the large beergarden. Old, tall trees provide shadow on hot summer days.The ambience is rustic, the clientele are mostly cyclers that ride the Mulde river valley trail and...more
I've had a meal here a couple of times so far, mainly because the location is simply not to beat - smack-dab in the middle of the old town right on Hauptmarkt square with the beautiful view of town hall and Gewandhaus vis-a-vis. The food is okay but nothing to write home about.The place calls itself a "cafe - bar - lounge" and that's what it really...more
This restaurant is one of the more fancy ones (at least in the evenings) in Zwickau, which doesn't mean much, though. It is located in the remains of the former Cistercian convent (see separate tip). The neighbouring buildings are of younger age, form a nice courtyard and are used by the College of Applied Sciences which makes for a vibrant...more
Many events/performances/concerts take place in the "Neue Welt", a concert hall from the Art Nouveau era. It's located quite a distance north of the old town but trams #4 and 7 stop right in front of it and run till after midnight. Tram and bus are usually included in the ticket prices.I was fortunate enough to attend a symphonic concert on...more
When looking for an evening activity don't neglect the theatre. Zwickau's theatre has its home in the Gewandhaus, the former guild house of the clothiers. From 1823 on it was used as theatre, after more construction works it was reopened 13 Nov 1855 with the opera "Die weiße Dame" by Boieldieu. From the year 2000 on Zwickau's Theater has a...more
In one of the Priesterhäuser townhouses plus some modern buildings in the back is a microbrewery plus beer pub/garden. Entrance is from both sides, Peter-Breuer-Straße (which is called the "Pub mile" - Kneipenmeile) and the Domhof square. Since 2001 they brew their own beer. Really tasty. I had one Pilsener and one Wheat beer (which is my...more
The tram network in Zwickau must be described as compact and easy to overlook. I think I have used all lines that run in town during my latest visit. No big deal because there are just four lines, numbered 3, 4, 5 and 7, everything else is done by buses. The lines 5 and 7 run to/from the train station. Outside rush hours the connections could be...more
Well, of course there is - walking aside - still another option to get around and even TO Zwickau: cycling. As the city is mostly spread out in the flat, wide open Mulde valley it is pretty easy to ride your bicycle to any place of interest. The locals do it, too. My hotel provided bicycles for free so I took the chance and grabbed one. In zero...more
Zwickau is not *that* big a city. But it helps to know how to get quickly to the residential areas in the north, to Johannisbad or the August-Horch-Museum ...Bus and tram are the means of transportation that are fast, inexpensive, reliable and safe. They are part of the VMS regional transportation network, their ticket prices apply. A day ticket is...more
Zwickau has a long tradition of schools and higher eduction. A first Latin School is mentioned in 1290 in Zwickau. In the 16th century Georgius Agricola became principal of the Greek and Latin School which moved to the former (and closed in 1536) Cistercian convent buildings. When industrialization hit Zwickau in the 19th century more schools were...more
The Christmas Market on Hauptmarkt square in Zwickau starts Friday before 1st Advent and ends 23 December. It is open to 8 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays to 9 pm. It has the usual stalls with typical Christmas ornaments, original wooden Erzgebirge items like smokers, pyramids, candle arches etc., lace from nearby Plauen, food like Bratwurst and...more
Every German city with some self respect has a tradition in beer brewing - Zwickau, too, since 1348. I came across two local beer breweries and I liked both - the larger one is the Mauritius Brewery. It was bought by the Dinkelacker Schwabenbräu AG Stuttgart in 1990 which restored the historic buildings and invested a lot of money, before InBev...more
Zwickau is not more dangerous than any other city of the world. Unfortunately, a student of mine was robbed there immediately after arriving.
So take care of your belongings, especially if you're female and carrying a large and easy-to-open handbag loosely on your shoulders! Having spent the afternoon at the local police station I can tell you that there might even be worse things than losing one's valuables...
Right next to the central bus stop corner Stiftstraße/Bahnhofstraße you see a quite picturesque building that now houses a grocery, bakery, butcher and some other shops. It is the former hospital building, erected 1842-45 in a wild mix of styles - large Gothic window roses in the southeast corner, the roof reminds of the German Renaissance with...more
This evangelic-Lutheran church is a sumptuous Neo-Gothic building in the residential area north of the old town, erected 1891-93 by Hans Abesser & Jürgen Kröger from Berlin. It replaced a small medieval church. Unfortunately the church was closed and I didn't have enough time to ask in the vicarage (just a few steps behind the church) for key, so I...more
Getting a view over the city is not that easy. The church tower of St. Mary is only accessible with a guided tour, other towers are not accessible at all. One of the few good viewing points is called "Muldenwarte" and is located above the right bank of the Mulde river. The view is unfortunately a bit obstructed by trees to the far right and left,...more
I saw a lot of locals riding their bike in Zwickau. It's a popular mode of transportation. But it's also a sports activity. There is the Zwickauer Mulde valley cycling trail that starts far up in the Erzgebirge mountains and 128 km later joins the cycling path along the Freiberger Mulde - to continue as Mulde cycling path to Dessau where it meets the Elbe cycling path.
As the hotel provided bikes for free I grabbed one and rode it up the valley as far as Zwickau-Cainsdorf (which is not *that* far I admit) where I took the road up to Zwickau-Planitz for some sightseeing. I returned to the city on major roads where the cycling lanes were mostly separate from the car lanes. Later I cycled to the northern suburbs of Zwickau, again on the Mulde cycling trail.
The trail is well maintained (asphalt mostly), marked and signposted. It runs on the Mulde river dike and provides nice views of the city and once you are beyond the city borders the landscape is lovely.
Equipment: Bring your own bike or rent it from one of the bike shops in town. There are plenty of them, see the website below for a list. My hotel provided free bikes so I grabbed one of those.
There are quite a number of monuments in Zwickau, some just sculptures with not so much deeper meaning behind, but others that remind of important persons or events. As there are so many I didn't want to write single tips about each of them - didn't want y'all to fall asleep :-) Instead an overview of those I thought are worth to mention:Pic 1 -...more
Zwickau has a number of interesting, sometimes funny fountains and water games. My favourite is the one on Kornmarkt square - a water wheel and five corn bags - that reminds people of the former mill at this place. The fountain is made of French granite, created by sculptor Wolfgang Jacob from Gundelfingen (pic 1).Pic 2 shows the "Brunnen der...more
You might be tired of the city, too much architecture, shopping or whatever after a while. Time to recover, spending time in a park and rest - easy to do in Zwickau, the next one is never far away. Best is the Schwanenteichpark (separate tip), perfect for a short excursion is Schloss Planitz with park and park-like cemetery (separate tip). But...more