Meerane can look back on an 825-year history. There is a lot to see here – in spite of the fact that our town castle no longer exists, the former location of which cannot exactly be pinpointed. In compensation for the lack of a castle Meerane has the “Burgberg” hill, on top of which the Town Church of St. Martin is located. The church, which was first mentioned in a document in the 14th century, has an interesting interior and visitors who climb the tower are rewarded with fantastic views over the town.
Markt (market square) and Neumarkt are not the only squares in the town. Teichplatz has recently been comprehensively restored, along with the creation of the new squares Lörracher Platz at the New Town Hall and Wilhelm-Wunderlich-Platz on August-Bebel-Straße. An older square worth seeing in the Crimmitschauer quarter is Wettiner Platz, surrounded by art nouveau and Wilhelminian style (“Gründerzeit”) architecture.
Until a few years ago industrial wasteland and dilapidated buildings were the main feature of the area in August-Bebel-Straße opposite the market square. Since 2004 a modern supermarket, Wilhelm-Wunderlich-Platz with the artwork of the “Textilforum” and the new town library (completed in 2007) have been built or restored. The sculptures “Meeraner Schotten” and “Zeitstele” remind visitors and residents of the long tradition of the textile industry in Meerane.
Visitors can obtain comprehensive information here and products and publications typical for the town are on offer. You should also not forget to take a look at the historic courtyard between the main building and the old jail.
The New Town Hall can be found on Lörracher Platz, only a short walk away from the Old Town Hall. It was completed in October 2003 and is where the town council does most of its business. The construction of this modern public building was part of a facelift for the area between Poststraße and Obere Mühlgasse in the town centre.
Many things in Meerane bear witness to earlier times. One such case is the “Weberbrunnen” (“Weavers' Fountain”) in Chemnitzer Straße, which was unveiled in 1934. It was designed by Professor Neppel from Munich and shows scenes from the textile industry, which heavily influenced the economy of Meerane for many decades.
The Steep Wall (“Steile Wand” in German) rises up from Zwickauer Straße to Chemnitzer Straße. It is 238 metres long and has an average gradient of 13 per cent, making it very steep. Known for its use in international cycling races, it has Wilhelminian style (“Gründerzeit”) architecture on both sides and was declared a historic monument.
After seeing so many interesting and wonderful things visitors can relax a little in the many parks and green areas Meerane provides. They can be found both on the outskirts and in the city. In the north east one can find Schillerpark and Kirchenholz which stretch as far as the cemetery. In the middle of the town the Gornzig valley and boating lake await visitors. The Annapark is situated in the south. The biggest and most beautiful park is the Wilhelm-Wunderlich-Park in the west. The Wunderlich-Ehrung is a charming area within the main park. Many residential areas are situated right next to park areas, facilitating leisure activities and relaxation.