Chemnitz in Germany: German culture

Chemnitz, Germany: Points of interest and places to eat.

Chemnitz is a city in southwestern Saxony. Chemnitz in East Germany is one of the most underrated places in Germany. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Chemnitz became an important industrial city in Germany. The population grew dramatically during the industrialization of 1883 and at the beginning of the thirties it was over 360,000 people.

Between 1953 and 1990, the city was called Karl-Marx-Stadt after Karl Marx, the famous Prussian social activist, and because of its many industrial enterprises, the locals often refer to it as “Manchester of Saxony”. After German reunification, the government held a referendum on the city’s new name, and 76 percent of the population voted for its original name, Chemnitz.

The oldest documented mention dates back to 1143. During World War II, the city of Chemnitz was destroyed by air raids. Years later, it was rebuilt – the city center is now a pedestrian zone. The city at the foot of the Ore Mountains has numerous recreational facilities and museums, including the Chemnitz Art Collections and the Chemnitz State Museum of Archaeology.

Chemnitz, Germany: see the best sights and interesting places to eat

The historic center of Chemnitz, Germany. Top view (Photo© Kora27 / commons.wikimedia.org / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Chemnitz sights

The pedestrian center of Chemnitz combines historic and modern buildings that surround the Market Square. The main building on the square is the Old Town Hall from the 15th century, decorated with Renaissance elements.

  1. Art Museum of Chemnitz (Kunstsammlunge). It is located on Theater Square and regularly presents interesting temporary exhibitions with paintings, sculptures and collections of applied art. In addition to the architectural ensemble of the Theatre Square there are St. Peter’s Church, baroque opera house and hotel. Ticket price: 5 – 8 Euro.
  2. Karl-Marx Monument. The most famous landmark of the city was erected in 1971 by the Russian artist Lew Kerbel. The bronze head of the German philosopher, 71 meters high, stands in front of house number 10, where the plaque with the slogan “Proletarians of all countries, unite!” is located. The monument is the second largest portrait bust in the world after Lenin’s head in Ulan-Ude.

Where to eat in the city?

Czech cuisine is mostly popular in Chemnitz. This is due to the high proportion of immigrants from the Erzgebirge region during the industrialization of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cuisine is characterized mainly by heartiness and simplicity of preparation. Often potatoes are the main ingredient. Regional dishes include Klitscher (potato pancakes), Quarkkäulchen (Saxon dessert made of grated potato corn and lean curd, cinnamon and raisins), at Christmas time Christstollen (cake).

  1. Kellerhaus. Provides moderate prices and the best culinary traditions of German cuisine. The restaurant is in a charming wooden and brick building, you can sit on the terrace or in the main hall with a low ceiling. The place will appeal to true meat-eaters. Average bill: 16 euros.
  2. Ratskeller. The vaulted ceilings of the restaurant are beautifully painted and serve traditional, even rustic, local cuisine. Average bill: 10 euros.
  3. Turmbrauhaus. Beer bar with real German beer and tasty snacks. Average bill: 8 euros.
  4. Cafe Michaelis. Cafe Michaelis offers a large selection of pastries and cakes, as well as meat dishes, pasta and salads. Average bill: 13 Euro.
  5. Franklin Hofmann Gaststätte. Famous primarily for its delicious horsemeat dishes as well as fresh salads and traditional desserts. Provides a large selection of beer, wine and liquors. The restaurant room is located on the roof of the building, providing a beautiful view. Average bill: 17 euros.

You can watch a video about Chemnitz below:

New Town Hall in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany (Photo above© Rolf 41 /commons.wikimedia.org / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

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