Chemnitz, Germany

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageGerman
Country Germany


A seven metre bust of Karl Marx on Brückenstrasse is the only thing that gives away that Chemnitz was once an emblem of socialist East Germany. Today the town centre is populated by large, gleaming department stores, as much of the city was re-built following German reunification. But that’s not to say there isn’t any history here; the Red Tower, built in the 12th century, was once part of the city fortress, and the gothic Castle Church was initially a Benedictine monastery, now it houses a museum.

Art nouveau made its mark here in the early 20th century; Villa Eschew, commissioned by a wealthy businessman, was finished in 1903 to great acclaim from the art world, while Kaßberg is a charming residential neighbourhood with some fine examples of the design movement. After taking that in, if you wander over to Kaßberg’s hillside you’ll find some pretty decent beer halls which have existed since the medieval era.

Going to Chemnitz?

Use our Trip Planner and start your trip here.

The latest

It's Oktoberfest time!!
It's Oktoberfest time!!

From 21 September to 6 October 2019 head to Germany for the world's largest beer festival

RegioJet adds new direct services to Budapest
RegioJet adds new direct services to Budapest

From summer 2020, RegioJet trains will operate via Vienna direct to Budapest

Bulgaria invests in its sleeper services
Bulgaria invests in its sleeper services

The sleeper carriages operating from Sofia to Varna and Burgas get a revamp!

Plan your trip to Europe

European Trip Planner

Use our trip planner to put together your list of destinations to visit on your trip.