Chemnitz’s compact and largely pedestrianised centre is a pleasing mix of historic and modern, centred on the Markt. The dominant building is the stately 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), whose distinctive tower sports an ornate Renaissance portal and a carillon with cute little figures re-enacting town history at 11am, 4pm and 7pm. The old town hall segues into the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall, 1911), its imposing size best appreciated from Neumarkt, which is also flanked by the Galerie Roter Turm. This modern shopping mall with a pleasing terracotta facade was designed by architectural top dog Hans Kollhoff. The equally esteemed Helmut Jahn dreamed up the adjacent glass-and-steel Galeria Kaufhof department store.
About 1.3km north of Chemnitz's centre is the Schlossteich, an idyllic park-ringed pond with a music pavilion for summer concerts. As well as being a lovely place for a wander, there are two other standout attractions here. To get here, take Bus 76 from the city centre and get off at Schlossberg.