From Turkey Red and Diamond Black
Meeting point: Janssenbrücke (End of Brückenstraße)
Duration: 1,5 hours
Entrepeneurship and inventive spirit have not just become a tradition since the upcoming mechanical engineering. The metal industry followed a very successful textile processing and textile industry. The settlement of various branches near the river Chemnitz is no accident. Water was indispensable for different production processes or as drive medium. On this tour, along both sides the river the town Chemnitz is named after, we can draw parallels from the abilities of the entrepeneurs of the 19th and early 20th century to the innovative power of the Chemnitz economy and research today.
Meeting point: Schönherrstraße 8
Duration: 1 hour or 1,5 hours
One of the best reconstructed old factory sites in Chemnitz is the Schönherr factory, a former producer of looms. According to the monuments conservators, this area is the oldest industrial site in Chemnitz and its history goes back to the late 15th century. Today, the factory site is transformed into a modern business park, with manufacturers, offices, a sports club, healthcare institutions and lovely decorated restaurants. But the old buildings still tell us a lot about their former owners and the prominence they rose to.
Period of the Chemnitz Economic Miracle
Meeting point: Falkeplatz (Entrance of the Deutsche Bank)
Duration: 1,5 hours
Around the start of the 20th century, Chemnitz was bursting at the seams. The economy was flourishing, the period of the “Gründerjahre” (years of rapid industrial expansion at the end of the 19th century) had led to a wide range of producing factories. The resulting influx of workers made Chemnitz a large city. The expansion of the banking sector as well as urban administrative extensions were a logical consequence. Let´s go on a walking tour along witnesses to this period of the Chemnitz economic miracle – renovated public buildings, industrial sites and technical monuments.