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Zwickau/Saxony (German pronunciation: [ˈtsvɪkaʊ]) in Germany, former seat of the government from south-western region at Free State of Saxony, belongs to an industrial and economical core region. Nowadays it is the capital city of country district Zwickau. The city is situated in a valley at the foot of Erzgebirge and also part of the so called Saxon triangle metropolitan area, a network of economical relations with Leipzig-Halle, Dresden. The city counts slightly below 100,000 inhabitants, has a regional catchment for over 480,000 people.

The city can be easily accessed by car through the nearby Autobahns A4 and A72. Along with a railway main station (Zwickau-Hbf) the city is also reachable by a public airfield with small aircraft.

Zwickau, also known as city of Automobiles and Robert Schumann, is the cradle of Saxon automotive industry with an over one hundred years old tradition. The city has a long history in automotive development and in automobile industry along with Auto Union. Well known over Germanys border are trademarks as Horch, Audi, Sachsenring and Volkswagen. The "Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau" - University of Applied Siences - has therefore always been an important centre of automotive evolution.

The 166 km long river Zwickauer Mulde has the famous Colditz Castle as its endpoint of a line and the Silver Road, Saxony's longest scenic road, connects Dresden with Zwickau.

The German ADAC City Guide recently wrote: "The town of Zwickau has transformed itself over the years from a traditional mining town into an elegant Art-Nouveau town, which is well worth discovering.“

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