Zschopau

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Zschopau
Market square
Market square
Coat of arms of Zschopau
Coat of arms
Zschopau   is located in Germany
Zschopau
Zschopau
Coordinates: 50°45′N 13°04′E / 50.750°N 13.067°E / 50.750; 13.067Coordinates: 50°45′N 13°04′E / 50.750°N 13.067°E / 50.750; 13.067
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Erzgebirgskreis
Municipal assoc. Zschopau
Government
 • Mayor Arne Siegmund (non-party)
Area
 • Total 22.88 km2 (8.83 sq mi)
Elevation 350 m (1,150 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,538
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 09405, 09434 (Krumhermersdorf)
Dialling codes 03725
Vehicle registration ERZ, ANA, ASZ, AU, MAB, MEK, STL, SZB, ZP
Website www.zschopau.de

Zschopau (German pronunciation: [ˈtʃoːpaʊ]), is a town in the Erzgebirgskreis district of Saxony, Germany.

Geography[edit]

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.

Number of inhabitants[edit]

  • Years 1750-1946
  • 1750 - 4.300
  • 1841 - 6,100
  • 1871 - 7.877
  • 1890 - 7,441
  • 1900 - 6,748
  • 1910 - 6.732
  • 1925 - 7.455
  • 1939 - 8.854
  • 1946 - 8.983

Notable people[edit]

Karl Kröner 1955

Personalities who have worked on the ground[edit]

Clara Zetkin 1897
  • Carl Hahn (1894-1961), German-Austrian automobile builder and entrepreneur, father of VW manager Carl Hahn
  • Walter Kaaden (1919-1996), engineer
  • Christian Liebe (1654-1708), composer
  • Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen (1878-1964), Danish engineer and industrialist
  • Hermann Weber (1896-1948), Constructor
  • Valentin Weigel (1533-1588), mystical theosophical writer, priest and natural philosopher
  • Clara Zetkin (1857-1933), socialist politician and women's rights activist

Pictures[edit]

Zschopau - New Town hall
Zschopau (yellow building=old town hall
Wildeck Castle - Inner court
Zschopau

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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)

External links[edit]

Media related to Zschopau, Germany at Wikimedia Commons