Exploring Chemnitz

I’m a postgraduate studying Information and Communication Systems and currently, I’m in my final semester. My experience in Chemnitz so far has been very interesting. I’m from India, and I personally didn’t expect Chemnitz had so much to offer. I have developed a lot personally as well as professionally, and I’m thankful to TUC for providing me this opportunity. My course covers a wide range of modules with a focus on future challenges in the fields of Information and Communication Systems.

When I first arrived in Chemnitz, I was amazed and thrilled to see what Chemnitz had to offer.

„Wanderlust“ means a very powerful or irresistible impulse to travel. The word has a German origin. The origin of wanderlust: hike, to wander+desire, pleasure, lust. And if you’re bitten by the travel bug, Chemnitz has a lot to offer.


Karl Marx Monument

Getting back to exploring Chemnitz and its beautiful surroundings, the main attractions in Chemnitz are The Karl Marx Monument, the Chemnitz Industrial Museum, The Red Tower (Der Rote Turm), City Hall – New and Old, Rabenstein Castle, Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Tierpark Chemnitz, Botanischer Garten Chemnitz and  the Chemnitz Opera House. These are some of the must-visit places in Chemnitz.

The bronze statue of Karl Marx sits on Brückenstraße. The statue is seven metres tall and is known as „the Nischel“ by the locals. Chemnitz was known as Karl-Marx-Stadt from 1953 to 1990 and is the third-largest city in the Free State of Saxony.

Wasserschloss Klaffenbach or the Klaffenbach Moated Castle is located on the southern outskirts of Chemnitz and gives its visitors an enchanting feeling. It’s a complex structure composed of the castle, some out buildings, hotels, restaurants and artisan workshops set amidst beautiful scenery: a park of green meadows, attractive golf courses and wonderful walkways.


Der Rote Turm or The Red Tower

The river Würschnitz flows right next to it giving it the picturesque touch. The best time to visit this charming and enchanting place is in summer. For more info regarding the visiting hours, you can visit online: http://www.wasserschloss-klaffenbach.de/

Der Rote Turm or The Red Tower is the symbol of the city of Chemnitz and is its oldest preserved building. It was built in the late 12th century and initially served as a keep to protect the surrounding settlements.

The Saxony Industrial Museum (Sächsisches Industriemuseum) has a selection of exhibits depicting the events and the people of Saxony’s industrial past. Until 1945, Saxony was Germany’s foremost industrial region, and Chemnitz was the hub of industrial manufacturing. Many inventions and products from Saxony went on to take the whole world by storm.


Town Hall

If you are a person who enjoys Art, Life and exploring other cultures, then Chemnitz won’t disappoint at all. You can enjoy stage plays, symphony orchestra, ballets, concerts and live music. The shows are incredible, and you also get to experience the theatre and high culture. After the shows, you can visit the nearby bars, cafés and restaurants. Here’s another useful tip: don’t forget to make reservations!

If you love art and like visiting art galleries and museums, you should definitely Museum Gunzenhauser. I know exactly what you are thinking: Chemnitz is a secret treasure waiting to be explored and experienced.

Apart from these places, you can travel to Leipzig, Dresden, Bastei and Gorlitz for free on your student card. With that all-important semester ticket, students from TU Chemnitz are allowed to travel by all public transport (bus, tram, regional trains), which accept the VMS tariff in the VMS area and Chemnitz (zone 13). You just need to have a valid student card and your ID.

Next time, I will come up with nearby places to explore so that you can make your travel plans accordingly.

In my free time, I love to travel and write, and I’m a published author as well. I have published my first novel called ,“Daddy’s Little Warrior“.  You can visit the website on www.daddyslittlewarrior.com


Shreyasta Samal

(Master Information and Communication Systems, 4th Semester)

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