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Zschopau (German pronunciation: [ˈtʃoːpaʊ]), is a town in the Erzgebirgskreis district of Saxony, Germany.
The town is located on the northwestern slopes of the Ore Mountains, on both banks of the Zschopau River, about 9 miles (14 km) south-east from Chemnitz. The highest point is Mt. Pilzhübel with an elevation of 597.8 m (1,961 ft). The municipal area comprises the village of Krumhermersdorf, incorporated in 1999. Since German reunification, Zschopau has lost about one fourth of its population.
Zschopau is famous for its motorcycle industry, particularly the DKW and MZ Motorrad- und Zweiradwerk GmbH brands, and the toy business VEB Plasticart.
Zschopau has a handsome parish church dedicated to St Martin, a town hall and a castle (Schloss Wildeck), whose construction started in the twelfth century.
- Karl Schmidt-Hellerau (1873–1948), furniture manufacturer and social reformer
- Karl Kröner (1887–1972), painter
- Walter Kaaden (1919–1996), engineer
- Stefan Semmler (born 1952), rower
- Frank Uhlig (born 1955), footballer
- Roland Wieser (born 1956), racewalker
- Ulf Findeisen (born 1962), ski jumper
- Claudia Nystad (born 1978), cross country skier
- Marcus Burghardt (born 1983), bicycle racer
- David Füleki (born 1985), comic artist
- Zschopau in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitalen Historischen Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
- Ganshäuser in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitalen Historischen Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
- Wilischthal in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitalen Historischen Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
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