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Population: 244,934 (31 Aug 2007)
Licence plate: C
Major roads: A4, A72
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Chemnitz is a city in Saxony called "Die Moderne Stadt" (eng.:"The modern city). It is mainly industrial heritage that makes this town special. Same as Dresden, Chemnitz was in 1945 heavily bombarded - which is still visible today as many blocks miss one, two or even more houses in the inner city. There is a handfull of interesting expressionist buildings in Chemnitz so far; mainly from the 1920's as well as 1930's, the times of GDR with it's typical prefabricated socialist highrises, office buildings as well as a concrete hotel tower and conference center (1952-1989), postmodern structures from the 1990's as well as the year 2000.

Streets, squares or even quarters with an old German flair (medieval, renaissance or baroque) such as in Eisenach, Gotha or Weimar do not exist in Chemnitz.

Hitchhiking out

There are two probable places to get out of Chemnitz on A4 in eastward (Dresden) and westward (Jena, Weimar, Erfurt, Kassel, Frankfurt) direction.

From Chemnitz 'Zentralhaltestelle', take bus number 21 (CHEMNITZ CENTER) (note: this is a shopping mall - not the city centre!) to 'Heidelberger Straße'. On B95, there are two petrol stations (Aral and JET) where you will easily find drivers that go to Dresden or Leipzig. There is also a Mc. Donalds restaurant before the bridge over autobahn A4 (E 40) and a Burger King restaurant behind the bridge of A4. To reach those place from the city-center it should not take longer than 10 to 15 minutes.

Another good spot is 'Rastanlage Auerswalder Blick' to go east or west on A4 / E 40. From the city center of Chemnitz ('Zentralhaltestelle'), take bus number 22 to the final stop GLÖSA and change there to bus number 63 (EBERSDORF). Get off at busstop 'Corinthstraße'. Continue walking behind the bus on 'Schmidt-Rottluff-Straße' and 'Chemnitzer Landstraße' in eastward direction for about 20 minutes to reach the southern (eastward) Rastanlage. To reach the other side, change after 10 minutes walking on 'Schmidt-Rottluff-Straße' on 'Liebemannstraße' (north) and the tunnel underneath A4 / E40 to reach the northern (westward) Rastanlage. To reach both places it should not take longer than 45 minutes from the center of Chemnitz.