"Zwickau has always been a pearl in the country, because it watches over discipline and manners with greater rigour than most other cities, and because it is fertile in many talents and has had and still has many citizens who excel in their education, so that they are an ornament to the whole of Germany. In art and science, Zwickau surpasses all the cities of these lands."
This saying is attributed to Melanchton, close companion of the reformer Martin Luther. In modern times, Zwickau was and still is the cradle of car manufacturing in Saxony.
Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, the largest manufacturing company in the new federal states, the supplier companies and the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences successfully continue the tradition of car manufacturing that goes back over 100 years. The continuously falling unemployment rate, the steady increase in jobs, private and public investment and a significant reduction in municipal debt prove that Zwickau is on the right track. The environment is also right:
The high rate of childcare in day-care centres, numerous voluntary social services provided by the city and extended opening hours contribute to Zwickau's high family-friendliness. The wide range of activities offered by over 100 sports clubs, a wide variety of parks and green spaces, and a lively city centre with a historical flair also give Zwickau its liveable and lovable character.
Added to this are cultural facilities and offers. These include, for example, the Priest's Houses, which are among the oldest preserved residential ensembles in Europe, or the Max Pechstein Museum in the art collections, which opened in 2014, the Kornhaus, which was built in 1480 and now houses the town library, or the Robert Schumann House, where the Romantic composer once saw the light of day and which is now a museum, event venue and research centre all in one.
There and back
Zwickau can be reached by car via the A 4 and A 72 motorways, the B 93, B 173 and B 175 trunk roads, and by train via the Sachsen-Franken-Magistrale and the Leipzig-Hof line. In the city centre you can use the well-developed tram service.