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Citizen Office / Tourist Information
Altmarkt 209405 Zschopau

Phone: +49 (0)3725 2870

Fax: +49 (0)3725 287222


opening times:


09.00 - 3.00 pm


09.00 - 6.00 pm


09.00 - 2.00 pm
(city offices closed)


09.00 - 5.00 pm


09.00 - 2.00 pm


09.00 - 11.00 am
(the registration office open by appointment)

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the Community Office between 12.00 - 1.00 pm clock are closed.

Zschopau's Carillon

1. History

The carillon (German: Glockenspiel) was donated by J.S. Rasmussen to celebrate the 700th town anniversary in 1938 (cf. supplement of the daily newspaper and gazette 02.07.1983).
However, the first mentioning of Zschopau dating back to the year 1238 is not officially recognized. The first real documentation dates back to the year 1286.


The carillon was installed on the tower of the old town hall in 1938.
In order to carry the considerable weight of the bells, additional girders had to be set up and the roof light needed to be extended.
Above that, a new room was constructed in the attic to accommodate the electric time switch and the actual music box.

The Carillon:

GlockenspielThe carillon consists of 17 bells made of copper and is tuned in B flat major. The prototype for the famous carillon of Salzburg. The bells are made of a blending of 78% copper, 22% tin and an addition of a silver alloy. They were founded in Munich in 1983.

 The chime encompasses the following tunes: b, h, c, d, es, e, f, f sharp, g sharp, a, b, h, c, d, es, f. Each bell has the year 1983 and the name of the manufacturer engraved. Moreover, the biggest bell additionally carries the following inscription: "This carillon was donated by J. S. Rasmussen on the occasion of the 700 years anniversary of this town. A. D. 1938“. The total weight including the bell cage, magnetic hoist and mechanical elements is about 950 kg.

The Foundy:

The chime was manufactured by the foundry of the brothers Oberascher and the owner Rudolf Oberascher in Munich in 1938.

The Music:

Then, the bells rang in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. Usually, the songs of the local poet Anton Günther were played. Then, at seven in the morning the song "Deitsch un frei wolln mer sei" (We want to be German and free), at noon the song "Vergaß dei Hamit net" (Don't forget where you come from) and at seven in the evening the song "S' is Feierohmd" (The day's work is finished) was acoustically presented.

During and After War:

As many other bells, also the carillon of Zschopau was confiscated, taken down and transported to Hamburg during World War II. Fortunately, the bells were not destroyed and sent back to Zschopau. They were installed in the tower of the town hall anew. However, one of the bells was still missing and discovered by chance as a ship's bell on one of the passenger's ships of the "Weiße Flotte" (lit. White Fleet) in Dresden. It was brought back to Zschopau in 1947 to finally complete the carillon again. On the second of Advent in 1949, the people were able to listen to the sound of the bells again. During the following years, increasing malfunctions in the technology and electricity were the reasons why the bells were not played any longer.

After being mended by the electronic services in Zschopau in 1984, the bells rang again for a short period at midday.


2. Present-Day:

Altes RathausDuring the 1990s the request for a comprehensive restoration of the carillon rose again.

On the 28th June 1992, Mrs Sybille Krägel, granddaughter of Jörgen Skafte Rasmussen, presented a memorial plaque, which pointed out her grandfather as the donor of the carillon. The same family
donated another 11.000 German Mark for the restoration of the bells.

Due to its complexity and therefore complicated task to repair it, it was necessary to employ a specialist firm.

With the company "Turmuhrenbau Meißen" (lit. Clock Tower Constructions Meißen) and its owner Dipl. Ing. Klaus Ferner the town had found a first-class specialist. He was able to repair the carillon by renewing the mechanics and replacing the obsolete electronics by computer technology.

Mr. Ferner worked closely together with Professor Günter Schwarze who is a composer and teacher at the Dresden University for Music Carl Maria von Weber.

Today, the carillon can be listened to at the following times:
9 am; 1 pm and 6 pm. Furthermore, one can listen to it on Thursdays at 2:15 pm when the guided city tour takes place in Zschopau.

At these times, traditional folk songs can be heard across the market squares. Despite some missing tunes, the carillon was masterfully intonated by Professor Schwarze.

A selection of Christmas songs is available during the winter season.

Finally, some words on Zschopau's carillon by the clock tower and bell manufacturing specialist Klaus Ferner:

The carillon with its bronze bells, which are installed on top of the town hall, is characterized by its meaning as historic memorial. The historical significance, which leads back to the first third of the last century, justifies the still existing interest of the community in the carillon. As a total work of art it is an essential piece to remember the era of craftsmanship. Besides its specific construction, it is also a one of a kind construction in the local area.“

Uta Ehrhardt
Office for Building, Social Policy and Culture


Supplement of the daily newspaper and gazette Zschopau 02.07.1938
Travel Report by Heinz Gerling, Study Group Glockenspiel Magdeburg, 22.08.1991; Zschopau Society for Local History, Traditions and Historic Preservation, reg. ass.; Project Buildings, Streets, Places of Zschopau




 Demographische Entwicklung / Bevölkerungspotenzial

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Bevölkerung (Anzahl) 10.317 10.474 10.678 10.928



Typ 4: Schrumpfende und alternde Städte und Gemeinden mit hoher Abwanderung.

vergangene 7 Jahre (%)

-12,7 -12,3 -12,4 -11,6 -10,5

2009 bis 2030 (%)

-30,8 -30,8 -30,8 -30,8 -30,8

Fertilitätsindex (%)

28,0 k.A. 21,4 17,6 11,9

Ausländeranteil (%)

2,5 2,5 2,8 2,8 2,7

(Pers. je 1.000 Ew.)

-23,6 -27,6 -28,7 -23,4 -6,2

(Pers. je 1.000 Ew.)

-131,1 -118,3 -101,6 -90,1 -46,8

Wanderung zu Beginn der 2. Lebenshälfte
(Pers. je 1.000 Ew.)

-8,7 -9,5 -6,1 -6,1 0,9

(Pers. je 1.000 Ew.)

-1,3 0,4 0,7 k.A. 4,4

Durchschnittsalter (Jahre)

48,2 47,8 47,4 46,7 46,2

Durchschnittsalter 2030 (Jahre)

55,1 55,1 55,1 55,1 55,1

Median−Alter (Jahre)

49,2 48,5 47,9 47,0 46,2

Median−Alter 2030 (Jahre)

60,6 60,6 60,6 60,6 60,6

(unter 20−Jährige je 100 Pers. der AG 20−64)

23,4 23,9 25,1 26,4 k.A.

Jugendquotient 2030
(unter 20−Jährige je 100 Pers. der AG 20−64)

26,4 26,4 26,4 26,4 26,4

Altenquotient (ab 65−Jährige je 100 Pers. der AG 20−64)

47,7 47,1 45,8 44,4 k.A.

Altenquotient 2030
(ab 65−Jährige je 100 Pers. der AG 20−64)

94,7 94,7 94,7 94,7 94,7

Anteil unter 18−Jährige (%)

12,5 12,1 12,0 12,6 13,3

Anteil unter 18−Jährige 2030 (%)

10,6 10,6 10,6 10,6 10,6

Anteil 65− bis 79−Jährige (%)

20,5 20,5 20,1 19,9 k.A.

Anteil 65− bis 79−Jährige 2030 (%)

29,3 29,3 29,3 29,3 29,3

Anteil ab 80−Jährige (%)

7,3 7,0 6,6 6,1 5,7

Anteil ab 80−Jährige 2030 (%)






Quelle: Bertelsmann Stiftung, abrufbar unter




2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Wohnfläche pro Person (Quadratmeter) 36,4 35,8 35,5 34,6 33,6
Anteil Wohnungen in Ein-/ Zweifamilienhäusern (%) 31,7 31,7 31,3 31,1 22,8

Quelle: Bertelsmann Stiftung, abrufbar unter



Wirtschaftsstruktur / Arbeitsmarkt

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Erwerbstätigenquote (%) 54,8 53,1 52,6 51,1 48,4
Frauenerwerbstätigenquote (%) 53,4 52,3 49,4 48,4 46,8
Verhältnis Erwerbsquote von Frauen und Männern (%) 95,3 97,2 88,8 90,3 93,7
Erwerbstätige 55 bis 64−Jährige (%) 38,0 36,8 35,4 32,4 28,5
Beschäftigtenanteil Dienstleistungssektor (%) k.A. 1,8 5,5 5,9 7,1
Anteil Hochqualifizierte am Arbeitsort (%) k.A. 11,1 11,3 10,7 10,6
Anteil Hochqualifizierte am Wohnort (%) 9,6 9,6 9,5 9,0 8,9
Steuereinnahmen pro Einwohner (Euro) 323,8 306,8 307,8 294,9 279,4

 Quelle: Bertelsmann Stiftung, abrufbar unter



Soziale Lage / Einkommenssituation

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Anteil Einpersonen−Haushalte (%) 38,1 37,3 36,8 34,3 32,8
Anteil Ausländer−Haushalte (%)     2,2 2,2 2,5 2,5 2,4
Anteil Haushalte mit Kindern (%) 24,2 29,6 30,2 30,6 32,3
Kaufkraft (Euro) 32.510,2 31.490,7 30.580,5 30.927,2 31.434,5
Anteil Haushalte mit geringem Einkommen (%) 17,1 17,3 17,2 17,3 17,8
Anteil Haushalte mit hohem Einkommen (%) 11,7 11,7 13,3 11,7 8,3
Einkommenshomogenität (%) 58,4 57,6 56,7 57,6 60,4
Kinderarmut (%) 26,2 27,9 27,5 31,2 35,0
Jugendarmut (%) 26,9 27,0 20,3 23,6 26,0
Altersarmut (%) 1,3 1,2 1,5 k.A. k.A.
SGB II−Quote (%) 19,5 20,5 20,2 20,8 23,1

 Quelle: Bertelsmann Stiftung, abrufbar unter



Surroundings of the Great District Town Zschopau

The Great District Town Zschopau has about 12,000 inhabitants and is located at the foot of the Ore Mountains. It is a very popular holiday region throughout all seasons, with a lot of old traditions and cultural heritage.

The Ore Mountain District is a charming area at the heart of the Ore Mountains. It stretches from the outskirts of the town Chemnitz to the border of the Czech Republic.

The 'Silver Street' (German: Silberstraße) is the first thematic holiday route in Saxony. It links all places that became famous in connection with the mining industry and leads from Zwickau to the state capital Dresden. Mines can be found everywhere, the customs are kept alive in an affectionate way and have become part of the people's culture.

Famous names such as Georgius Agricola and Adam Ries, are closely connected with the mining industry in Saxony.

Numerous museums and mines that open to tourists give proof of a diverse history. In open air exhibitions, museums of local history, in mines and in rooms where bobbin lace is made, the visitors are offered a lot of opportunities to get to know the way of life and the customs of the people living in the Ore Mountains .

Spending holidays in the Ore Mountains first of all means enjoying the peacefulness and the spicy mountain air, discovering varied idyllic landscapes with wooded valleys, soft mountainside meadows, splashing brooks and rivers and impressive water reservoirs.

Picturesque fortresses and castles are towering above the beautiful valley of the river Zschopau - from its source at the Fichtelberg to its confluence with the river Freiberger Mulde.

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, these castles and fortresses still mirror the culture and architecture of different periods of the past. These medieval witnesses fit well into the charming mountain range along both sides of the valley. Why not planning a holiday tour to the following castles and fortresses:

Castle Schlettau - Castle Wolkenstein - Adventure Fortress Scharfenstein - Castle Augustusburg - Castle Wildeck Zschopau - Baroque Castle and Park Lichtenwalde - Castle Saxenburg - Fortress Rriebstein

Due to its geographical location, Zschopau is well suitable for tourists with a car, too. Such well-known destinations like the Saxon state capital Dresden or the eastern and western parts of the Ore Mountains can be reached within a short time. Those who would like to avoid the motorway can discover the beauty of our region by driving along the 'Silver Street' (Silberstraße) that leads through our Silver Ore Mountains.

Facts & Figures

 Overview of the Most Important Facts And Figures: 

Administrative District:

Ore Mountains (Erzgebirgskreis)


about 10.500


22,90 km²

Population Density:

442 inhabitants / km²

Registration Plate:

ERZ / ZP (previously MAB)


09405, 09434, 09401

Dialing Code:

++49 (0)3725

Town Structure:

Zschopau with the districts Krumhermersdorf (since 1999), Ganshäuser and Wilischthal

Neighbouring Municipalities & Towns:

Gornau/Erzgebirge 4 km
Waldkirchen/Erzgebirge 4 km
Amtsberg 4 km
Großolbersdorf 5 km
Scharfenstein 6 km
Börnichen/Erzgebirge 6 km
Venusberg 6 km
Grünhainichen 7 km
Marienberg 13 km
Chemnitz 14 km

Religious Affiliation:

Lutheran: 2181
Roman-Catholic: 223
other/ none: 7721

Federal State: Free State of Saxony

Development of Number of Inhabitants:

year total male female
1990 12.799 6.129 6.670
1991 12.527 5.969 6.558
1992 12.284 5.881 6.403
1993 12.150 n/a n/a
1994 11.903 n/a n/a
1995 11.720 5.596 6.124
1996 11.457 5.476 5.981
1997 11.252 5.383 5.869
1998 11.065 5.289 5.776
1999 12.563 6.036 6.527
2000 12.364 5.950 6.414
2001 12.307 5.925 6.382
2002 11.930 5.753 6.177
2003 11.829 5.740 6.089
2004 11.674 5.655 6.019
2005 11.518 5.584 5.934
2006 11.266 5.488 5.778
2007 10.930 5.295 5.635
2008 10.681 5.176 5.505
2009 10.474 5.117 5.357
2010 10.317 5.029 5.288
2011 10.115 4.944 5.171


Geographical Location:


50.747053 (50° 44‘ 49,39‘‘ north)


13.069106 (13° 4‘ 8,78‘‘ east)

lowest ask:

300 m above sea level

Highest Elevation:

600 m above sea level

Coat of Arms & Town Logo

Zschopau's Coat of Arms
Stadtwappen Zschopau

It is documented that the town's Coat of Arms included the three towers already before 1600. In 1896, it was re-designed only slightly by the heraldic office in Dresden and the new Coat of Arms was certified by the Ministry of the Interior in Dresden on the 15th September 1896.


The Coat of Arms was described as follows:

"On a blue background, there are three red-roofed towers with a golden tined wall (German: Bossenmauer) including an open gate. Thus, the town shall have a golden (yellow) stripe on the top and a blue stripe at the bottom of the flag."

The Coat of Arms with its towers and the wall implies the town's capability of military defence. Besides, the open gates indicate that friendly minded visitors are welcome to the town at any time. The Coat of Arms represents the whole town in a delightful way and still enjoys great popularity and unchanged interest. With its colours, its strictness in form and its age, it still has a special appeal today.

To foreigners,it is a sign of identification of the town, whilst for the inhabitants, it is a symbol for familiarity and home.


The Design of the Town’s Logo

Logo ZschopauThe motorcycle and its driver represent the past, the present, and also the future.

The tower symbolizes Wildeck Castle, our historical monuments and the town's history of more than 700 years.

Furthermore, the green ribbon stands for the Old Bohemian Path (German: Böhmischer Steig) and an area full of inviting hiking trails.

Our town owes its existence to the river which is represented by the blue stripe. At the same time, this also implies the scenic river valley.


Legal Information:
All rights are reserved by the town Zschopau. The logo can be used by natural and legal persons upon request. This this request has to be addressed to the administrative office of the town. In this case, a licence fee becomes due.

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