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Outlying district of Grimma
Coat of arms of Nerchau
Coat of arms
Nerchau   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°16′N 12°47′E / 51.267°N 12.783°E / 51.267; 12.783Coordinates: 51°16′N 12°47′E / 51.267°N 12.783°E / 51.267; 12.783
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Leipzig
Town Grimma
 • Total 39.94 km2 (15.42 sq mi)
Elevation 140 m (460 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)
 • Total 3,899
 • Density 98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 04685, 04668
Dialling codes 034382
Vehicle registration L

Nerchau is a town and a former municipality in the Leipzig district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Since 1 January 2011, it is part of the town Grimma. It is situated on the river Mulde, 7 km northeast of Grimma, and 30 km east of Leipzig (centre).


  • Schützenfest (July/August)
  • Mulde Regatta (August)
  • Mulde Valley half marathon (April)

History and Economy[edit]

Nerchau is known for its paint factory which was established by the Hessel brothers in 1834. By 1880 it employed over 100 people. In 1945 the paint factory was nationalized by East Germany. After German Reunification the factory was sold a number of times and now belongs to Schoenfeld GmbH (Düsseldorf), which produces artists' paints Lukas since 1862.[1] The town has suffered from depopulation in recent years. In January 2013 Daler-Rowney purchased Lukas and Nerchau, two German brands, with the intention of developing them further in their home country and far further afield. In February 2016, Daler-Rowney was acquired by the Milan-based F.I.L.A. Group, who also owns the U.S. Dixon Ticonderoga Company.


The Autobahn A 14 runs nearby.

Famous people[edit]

  • The Kessler Twins (Alice and Ellen, b. 1936), dancers, actresses and entertainers
  • Thomas Grimm (b. 1973), swimmer, participant in the paralympic games


External links[edit]

Media related to Nerchau at Wikimedia Commons