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Chemnitz  is situated in south east Saxony, Germany. Originally based around a monastry, the setlement was granted city status in 1170. Today the city has a population of around 250,000, making it the fourth largest city in East Germany.
Unlike Berlin and Leipzig, Chemnitz has experienced much less of demolition and rebuilding since the reunification. Modern buildings like the new department store, communist era flats and more historic buildings are within walking distance of each other. Parts of Chemnitz allow a glimpse into how a city of the DDR felt and looked, something that is increasingly hard to find in the neuen Bundesländer.
Chemnitz can be accessed by train from several of the other cities in Saxony including Leipzig, from which it is about an hours journey. A state rail ticket can be purchased allowing for this.
Like many East German cities, Chemnitz has an expansive network of public transport comprising mainly of buses and trams.
A map of the tram/bus network can be obtained from the tourist information office, found near to the main square in the city centre.
Charlie The city was called Karl-Marx-Stadt during the DDR period, and on Brückenstraße may be found a seven-meter-tall bronze head of Karl Marx - known as "Charlie" to the locals. Various souvenirs along with a selection of sweet shops selling Karl-heads made of marzipan or chocolate can be bought.
Küchwald The major green areas of central Chemnitz are the Schloßpark and the Küchwald, to the north-west and west of the city centre. The miniature railway and Kosmonautzentrum found in the Küchwald are worth a visit, especially if you're visiting the city with children.
Chemnitzer FC is a soccer club in the highest amateur league in Germany (3rd Division).
Industriemuseum The museum of industry can be found a little way out from the city centre (Maps of the city centre can be got from the tourist information shop, in the front of the town hall). Much of Chemnitz's industrial heritage is detailed here with several working peices of machinery and an old fireless steam engine. There is also a souvenir shop and restaurant.
Shopping The city centre has several larger chain stores, as well as many smaller iindependent stores.
GDR Souvenirs The usual ostalgie souvenirs can be bought from various stores e.g. model Trabis and Ampelmänner postcards. There are also several second-hand stalls (especially in the train station) selling items from the former GDR.
Restaurants There are several good, reasonably priced restaurants dotted around the main square (in front of the town hall). Several have tables and chairs extending out into the square, something worth doing if the weather good.
Snacks Again situated around the main square, bakeries/butchers can be found. If the market is on, there are also several Imbiss stalls selling freshly cooked sausages and other snacks.
Youth Hostel  There is a youth hostel, found within the eastern suburbs.