© Ernesto Uhlmann

Industrial Culture in Chemnitz

Capital of change

Industry and culture belong together in Chemnitz

In many places you can still feel the industrial charm that once made the city rich.

Today you can experience it in many different ways: in the cityscape, of course, especially if you are on one of the industrial culture routes, at events in industrial wastelands or converted areas, when eating out in restaurants with an industrial-cultural ambience, when visiting the theatre in the Spinnbau or even when bouldering. Or, of course, the classic visit to the industrial museum.

RAW-Festival im Rahmen der Tage der Industriekultur im Straßenbahndepot 2021© Ernesto Uhlmann
RAW-Festival im Rahmen der Tage der Industriekultur im Straßenbahndepot 2021

Experience industry and technology

Museums of industrial heritage

Makers and what they do

How Chemnitz went from an industrial metropolis to a European Capital of Culture

Once Germany's richest city, then for decades not really in the limelight and many only remember it as a working-class city - Chemnitz is now setting out to be the "European Capital of Culture" in 2025. How did it come to this and why industrial culture is so important in so many ways? You can read the answers here.


Our industrial culture highlights

Go on a voyage of discovery with that very special industrial charm!

Restaurants with industrial cultural ambience

Special locations for your culinary delights

© Steve Tietze

On the road on your own

The Route of Industrial Heritage

© Dirk Hanus

Capital of Culture Project Garagen-Campus

Within the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2025, the conversion of the tram museum into a garage campus is one of the central projects.



Discover industrial heritage in Chemnitz

Traces of the industrial tradition can be found everywhere in Chemnitz: in magnificent villas, Wilhelminian quarters, museums, the city swimming pool and, last but not least, in numerous factory buildings that have been converted into modern cultural facilities, restaurants, lofts and offices. Off to an exciting industrial cult(o)ur!



„For me, anything can be hidden in a garage, from storage to a party room.”
Director Tram Museum Chemnitz

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