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

Market square
Market square
Coat of arms of Zschopau
Location of Zschopau within Erzgebirgskreis district
Zschopau in ERZ.png
Zschopau is located in Germany
Zschopau is located in Saxony
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
Municipal assoc.Zschopau
 • Mayor (2015–22) Arne Sigmund[1] (Ind.)
 • Total22.88 km2 (8.83 sq mi)
350 m (1,150 ft)
 • Total9,024
 • Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
09405, 09434 (Krumhermersdorf)
Dialling codes03725
Vehicle registrationERZ, ANA, ASZ, AU, MAB, MEK, STL, SZB, ZP


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.

Historical populationEdit

Year Population[citation needed]
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 peopleEdit

Karl Kröner 1955

Personalities who have worked on the groundEdit

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


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


  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen 2015, Freistaat Sachsen, accessed 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). June 2021.


  • Zschopau in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
  • Ganshäuser in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
  • Wilischthal in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Zschopau, Germany at Wikimedia Commons