Located in the south-east of Germany, the city of Chemnitz is a city experiencing prosperity. The people of Chemnitz have at their disposal more than 1,000 hectares of parks, meadows and woods, as well as three natural reserves to relax in. Chemnitz is also home to a distinct cultural and sportive landscape, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. In particular, the basketball culture is palpable everywhere in the city. The ladies team ChemCats plays in the German women’s top league (DBBL), while the NINERS Chemnitz make the play-offs in the German men’s second league, ProA, on a regular basis. Sports are a very important part of the cultural landscape in Chemnitz.
As part of the awareness of their history and future, Chemnitz will contest for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025. Chemnitz sees himself as a part of Europe, a city, which always renewed itself during progress - as a city on course for further success.
Population: 246,353 residents (2016 census)
Area: 221.05 km²
Geography: Located in the south-east of Germany in the Free State of Saxony, approx. 250 km south of Berlin
History: The city was first documented in 1143 and was one of the richest cities in the late 19th century. During the time of the GDR government, the name of the city was Karl-Marx-Stadt
Economy: Key sectors are the manufacturing industry and the service sector
- Chemnitz is the home of the second-largest bust in the world, the Karl Marx Monument
- Because of its strong industry, the city was called "the Saxon Manchester" in the past
- The chimney of Chemnitz – lovingly referred to by its residents "Lulatsch" - is the tallest one in Germany with a height of 308 meters. Moreover, it shines in six different colors during the night