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Zwickau - or as the Saxons call it, "Zwigge"

With about 93000 residents, Zwickau is the fourth largest city of Saxony. Being the birth city of Robert Schumann, a famous composer from the Romantic period, it is a popular destination. Zwickau's historic town center is over 850 years old. The city and concert halls, the Cathedral of Saint Marien, the priests' houses and, of course, the birthplace of Robert Schumann take you back in time.

Zwickau was the cradle of Saxony's automobile industry. Horch, Audi, Auto Union, Trabant and Volkswagen are well-known marques. Cars have been built here  since the beginning of the 20th century. In the August Horch Museum, you can follow the history and development of Horch, to Audi and Trabant, up to Volkswagen.

Furthermore, you can make a tour along the river Mulde, or into Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), or the Vogtland region. The Hotel Merkur in Zwickau is your best place to start.

Popular Destinations in the Area

  • Luther Trail - Zwickau is the 20th stop on the Luther Trail
  • Camino de Santiago Trail - Zwickau sits along Saxony's segment of the Camino de Santiago Trail
  • Mulde Valley - hiking and biking tracks
  • Göltzsch Viaduct - the largest brick-built bridge in the world
  • Racing circuit "Sachsenring" in Hohenstein-Ernstthal (20 minutes by car)
  • Starting point of the Silver Road holiday route
  • German Agriculture Museum of Blankenhain Castle in Crimmitschau (30 minutes by car)
  • Museum Casle Schönfels (15 minutes by car)
  • Castle Stein in Hartenstein (30 minutes by car)
  • Animal Park Hirschfeld (20 minutes by car)
  • Museum of local history in Werdau (20 minutes by car)
  • Western Saxony Textile Museum in Crimmitschau (25 minutes by car)
  • Hartenstein - Birthplace of poet Paul Fleming (30 minutes by car)

Rathauzs und Gewandhaus Zwickau

Schloss Schönfels Zwickau