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Top Choice Museum in Chemnitz

SMAC

Occupying a converted department store, this state-of-the-art museum is a brave attempt to celebrate all those crocks, bones and pieces of primitive jewellery found in the archaeology sections of history museums, wh…
Top Choice Gallery in Chemnitz

Museum Gunzenhauser

A former 1930 bank building, built in austere New Objectivity style, is now a gallery of 20th-century art, most famous for its expressionist works by such key artists as Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and local…
Museum in Chemnitz

DAStietz

Beautifully renovated, this former 1913 department store now houses the city library as well as the Neue Sächsische Galerie, which presents contemporary Saxon art, and the Museum für Naturkunde, whose most interesti…
Monument in Chemnitz

Karl Marx Monument

Things have rather turned against the founder of Communism since this 7m-high bronze head (one that catches the German philosopher on a very bad hair day) was erected in 1971. Behind Marx there's a huge frieze exhor…
International in Chemnitz

Cafe Michaelis

A century-old Chemnitz coffeehouse tradition, Cafe Michaelis remains famous for its mind-boggling selection of truly mouthwatering cakes. If you don't have a sweet tooth, opt for a crisp salad, homemade pasta or mea…
German in Chemnitz

Kellerhaus

For a first-rate culinary journey at moderate prices, it's well worth heading out of the town centre to this half-timbered charmer at the foot of the historic Schlossberg quarter. Sit in the cosy cellar, the low-cei…
German in Chemnitz

Ratskeller

The rustic, olde-worlde setting amid gorgeously painted vaulted ceilings just couldn't get any more charming, and this vast subterranean hall serves up decent German fare until late by local standards. In summer you…
Church in Chemnitz

Schlosskirche

This 12th-century Benedictine monastery has been recast into a weighty Gothic hall church and houses Hans Witten’s intriguing sculpture Christ at the Column (1515).
Museum in Chemnitz

Schlossbergmuseum

This late-Gothic monastery houses the city history museum, whose vaulted interior is a rich backdrop for Saxon 15th- and 16th-century sculpture.
Museum in Chemnitz

Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Flanking Chemnitz' most beautiful square, the historic Theaterplatz, this lovely art museum stages large-scale temporary exhibits, sometimes drawn from its own collection of paintings, sculpture, graphics, textiles …