🇩🇪 Chemnitz is the third largest city in the German federal state of Saxony after Leipzig and Dresden. It is the 28th largest city of Germany as well as the fourth largest city in the area of former East Germany after Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden. The city is part of the Central German Metropolitan Region, and lies in the middle of a string of cities sitting in the densely populated northern fore-land of the Elster and Ore Mountains, stretching from Plauen in the south-west via Zwickau, Chemnitz and Freiberg to Dresden in the north-east.
Located in the Ore Mountain Basin, the city is surrounded by the Ore Mountains to the south and the Central Saxon Hill Country to the north. The city stands on the Chemnitz River which is formed through the confluence of the rivers Zwönitz and Würschnitz in the borough of Altchemnitz.
The name of the city as well as the names of the rivers are of Slavic origin. Chemnitz is the third largest city in the Thuringian-Upper Saxon dialect area after Leipzig and Dresden. The city's economy is based on the service sector and manufacturing industry. Chemnitz University of Technology has around 10,000 students.
Chemnitz will be the European Capital of Culture of 2025.
Chemnitz is the largest city of the Chemnitz-Zwickau urban area and is one of the most important economic areas of Germany's new federal states. Chemnitz had a GDP of €8.456 billion in 2016, with GDP per capita at €34,166. Since about 2000, the city's economy has recorded high annual GDP growth rates; Chemnitz is among the top ten German cities in terms of growth rate. The local and regional economic structure is characterised by medium-sized companies, with the heavy industrial sectors of mechanical engineering, metal processing, and vehicle manufacturing as the most significant industries.
About 100,000 people are employed, of whom about 46,000 commute from other municipalities. 16.3% of employees in Chemnitz have a university or college degree, twice the average rate in Germany. Volkswagen is the largest employer in the Chemnitz-Zwickau Agglomeration.
Chemnitz has a population of over 248,645 people. Chemnitz is the #425 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 1.3543 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Chemnitz is ranked #329 for startups with a score of 0.775.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Chemnitz is twinned with: 🇫🇮 Tampere, Finland; 🇸🇮 Ljubljana, Slovenia; 🇫🇷 Arras, France; 🇲🇱 Timbuktu, Mali; 🇨🇿 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic; 🇵🇱 Łódź, Poland; 🇫🇷 Mulhouse, France; 🏴 Manchester, England, UK 🇷🇺 Volgograd, Russia; 🇩🇪 Düsseldorf, Germany; 🇺🇸 Akron, United States; 🇨🇳 Taiyuan, China.