Living in Chemnitz

Chemnitz offers great variety in art and culture with opera, theatre and the nationally famous exhibitions of the Saxon art collections (Kunstsammlungen). A downtown area designed by reputable international architects is the perfect place to stroll, shop and explore. A wide range of options for sport and recreation are not only available in the city itself, but also in the scenic surrounds – Chemnitz is also known as the gateway to the Ore Mountains.

For more tourist information, visit chemnitz tourism


Inner city

The city’s unique character comes partly from its lively new inner city area with numerous architectural highlights. The department stores and shopping malls designed by internationally renowned architects Helmut Jahn, Hans Kollhoff and Christoph Ingenhoven are perfect for a long shopping stroll through the downtown district.


More than 66,000 sq m of additional retail space has been created in the new Chemnitz city since 2000. Restaurants, bistros, bars and clubs are the hotspots for the city’s and the region’s night owls.

Chemnitz’s “Neue Mitte” came second in the 2006 DIFA AWARDS, the international “real estate prize for cities”, placing it the best out of all participating German cities. According to the jury, the inner city area around the town hall, as a “succeeded mix of retail, office space, dining, living, recreation and culture” is a “perfect example of successful development in Germany”.

The new city campus of Chemnitz University of Technology and the new central library blend perfectly into the Modern City’s townscape.

View all contentClose content


Art and culture

Chemnitz’s art collections (Kunstsammlungen), Opera House, Museum of Industry, Villa Esche and the “DAStietz” cultural centre are all known right across Germany.


The treasures of Chemnitz’s “Kunstsammlungen” – 1,500 exhibits of predominantly expressionist art – include the second largest collection of works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Spectacular exhibitions continuously attract visitors from within Germany and abroad: examples from recent years are the Edvard Munch and Bob Dylan displays, and the popular “Picasso et les femmes” exhibit.
The Gunzenhauser museum is home to the largest private collection of classic modern art in Germany.

The "Begehungen" and Saxon Mozart Festival are also a fixed feature of Chemnitz’s cultural life, along with a lively jazz, rock and cabaret scene.

View all contentClose content


Recreation options

Chemnitzers are sport mad. The city particularly makes a name for itself as a centre of athletics. There are more than 181 sports clubs to choose from. The most popular sporting events for amateur and recreational athletes include the International Chemnitzer City Run and the various inline skating events.


Numerous stadiums, halls and pools provide a wide range of options for sporting activities and leisure. The Wasserschloss Klaffenbach Chemnitz golf club has an 18-hole course.

The cineastes in Chemnitz can enjoy a large cinema complex and various independent club cinemas.
A lively club and music scene provides the background music for Chemnitz’s nightlife. From jazz to salsa to rock and hip hop – Chemnitz’s sound reaches all pitches.

The traditional Christmas culture and Chemnitz Christmas market attract tens of thousands of visitors from near and far every year.
The scenic Ore Mountains right on the city’s doorstep are a popular tourist attraction in both summer and winter. Just a few kilometres outside the city centre, you can rest and relax amongst nature, play sport or enjoy a number of daytrips. The Saxon castle country is located to the north of Chemnitz, bearing numerous witnesses to its eventful 1000-year history.

View all contentClose content


Chemnitz offers attractive apartments and real estate. More than 80 percent of Chemnitzers are satisfied with their home and living environment – a figure which is above the national average.

Medical care, shopping, city centre accessibility and connections to public transport are also rated very highly.

The preferred living areas include the newly built city centre, Europe’s largest combined Art Nouveau quarter, the Kaßberg and the rural region near the Oberrabenstein dam.

Living expenses and property prices are comparatively low in Chemnitz.
With over 1,000 hectares of parks, forest areas and meadows, there are more than 60 square metres of green space per resident, making Chemnitz the “greenest” of all Saxon cities.

View all contentClose content