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Not to be confused with Plauen, a former town which is now a district of Dresden.
Plauen and the city hall tower in the morning fog
Plauen and the city hall tower in the morning fog
Coat of arms of Plauen
Coat of arms
Plauen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°29′N 12°07′E / 50.483°N 12.117°E / 50.483; 12.117Coordinates: 50°29′N 12°07′E / 50.483°N 12.117°E / 50.483; 12.117
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Vogtlandkreis
Subdivisions 5 town boroughs with 38 parts
 • Lord Mayor Ralf Oberdorfer (FDP)
 • Total 102.12 km2 (39.43 sq mi)
Elevation 412 m (1,352 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 63,967
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 08523;-5;-7;-9
Dialling codes 03741
Vehicle registration V, AE, OVL, PL, RC

Plauen (German pronunciation: [ˈplaʊ̯ən])[2][3] is a town in the Free State of Saxony, east-central Germany.

It is the capital of the Vogtlandkreis. The town is situated near the border of Bavaria and the Czech Republic. Plauen, located in Vogtland region, Saxony state in Germany, has a continental climate with hot summers and generally cold winters. In the winter its common to go cross country skiing or skiing. They even have FIS World Cup Ski Jumping at the Vogtland Arena. Plauen is situated in close proximity to airport Hof (42 minutes driving by car), and other international airports like Dresden or Leipzig are 1h:30m till 1h:40m drive distance away. The population in Plauen is roughly 70.000 inhabitants and is still growing large. The growth is very easy to explain, mainly because of several well know factory’s like Volkswagen, Porsche, BMW, Bayer, MAN trucks, Akzo Nobel are expanding their factory’s or increasing their production in the Saxony region (date 2014). This is going on for a few years now and will continue the next coming year’s (several have signed new agreement’s for expanding their factory sites). The German government is stimulating all this, because the Vogtland region and the free state Saxony in general (approx. centre of Europe) can be one of the main production sites in Germany opposite to Europe. For example; the German government has recently built new highways to get an optimal transport connection with all countries in Europe.

Plauen's slogan is Plauen - echt Spitze.


Plauen downtown
Plauen, old townhall
The Church of St. Markus
commemorative plaque in Plauen for the mass demonstration of 1989

The town was founded by Polabian Slavs in the 12th century and was passed to the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1327. Captured from the Archbishop of Magdeburg in 1384 by Lippold von Bredow. It passed to Albertine Saxony in 1466 and to the Electorate of Saxony in 1569. It became part of the Kingdom of Saxony in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars.

In the late 19th century, Plauen became a textile manufacturing center, specializing in lace. Around 1910 Plauen, as a kind of industrial 'boomtown', reached its population peak (1910 census: 121,000, 1912: 128,000).

In the 1930s Plauen earned the distinction of hosting the first chapter of the Nazi Party outside of Bavaria. Plauen's population has shrunk dramatically since World War II (1939: 111,000 inhabitants).

From 1945 on, Plauen belonged to the Soviet occupation zone of Germany, from 1949 to 1990 to the German Democratic Republic. During that time it hosted a large Red Army occupation garrison and in the last years of the East German state the officer school of the border guards ("Grenztruppen der DDR"). The first mass demonstration against the socialistic regime in the GDR began in Plauen at 7 October 1989 and it was the beginning of a series of mass demonstrations in the whole GDR which ultimately led to the unification of Germany in 1990. The exposé Fast Food Nation gives special mention to Plauen as the first town in East Germany following the collapse of the Berlin Wall to have a McDonald's restaurant.

In the district reform of July 1, 2008, Plauen lost its urban district status and was included into the district of Vogtlandkreis.

Industry and infrastructure[edit]

Plauen (Vogtland) Oberer station is on the Leipzig–Hof line. The section of this line through Plauen is part of the Saxon-Franconian trunk line, connecting Nuremberg, Hof, Plauen, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden. The town also has a station, Plauen (Vogtland) Unterer (lower) station, on the Elster Valley Railway.

Main sights[edit]

  • Museum Plauener Spitze
  • Galerie e.O. plauen
  • Old Town Hall
  • Elster Viaduct - second largest brick bridge in the world
  • Friedensbrücke - largest stone arch bridge in the world
  • Johanniskirche
  • Old Elster Viaduct - oldest bridge in Saxony
  • Malzhaus

Education and science[edit]

Plauen is home to a University of Applied Sciences, with about 300 students and a DIPLOMA Fachhochschule.

Notable residents[edit]

Twin cities[edit]

Twin cities of Jößnitz (urban district)[edit]

Former twin cities[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen – Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). 6 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Krech, Eva-Maria; Stock, Eberhard; Hirschfeld, Ursula; Anders, Lutz Christian (2009). Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 828. ISBN 978-3-11-018202-6. 
  3. ^ Mangold, Max (2005). Das Aussprachewörterbuch (in German) (6th ed.). Mannheim: Dudenverlag. p. 635. ISBN 9783411040667. 

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