Chemnitz is worth a visit these days. Sometimes nicknamed the “Manchester of Saxony,” the only problem is getting there. The eastern German city isn’t linked to any intercity rapid rail traffic.
To be fair, it’s not quite like everyone is lining up to go there. Chemnitz still evokes all sorts of clichés about eastern Germany. In fact, the whole state of Saxony where it is located faces the same prejudices.
Sure, Chemnitz still has drab buildings made from precast concrete slabs, while cconomic performance and income levels are lower than elsewhere in Germany.
But you can still see the dynamism in the city, known as Karl-Marx-Stadt in the old East German days.