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The Major District Town of Aue

Bridge and sports city of the Erzgebirge

Stadt Aue - Blick auf den Markt
Aue - View to the market
First documented as founded by Frederick Barbarossa in the year 1173, Aue is among the oldest settlements in Saxony. Aue is situated amidst wooded ridges at the confluence of the Mulde and Schwarzwasser Rivers, in a steep valley whose slopes rise between 330 and 564 metres.

Aue as a business location. Around 1900, the city rapidly evolved into a major industrial city. Aue remains the site of important industrial enterprises today, predominantly small to mid-sized industries.

Aue as a tourist destination. The city of Aue offers much to the sightseer. In the inner city, you can admire the beautiful façades of the old town houses that date from the earliest period of the city’s life. Among the most remarkable structures is the 13th century abbey church in the Zelle district. From the founding of this cloister emerged today’s Aue – the bridge and sports city of the Erzgebirge. Interested visitors can view the “original house” of Aue, the Zelle cloister, and music lovers can additionally enjoy regular small concerts presented at this site. Aue is located at the confluence of the Mulde and Schwarzwasser Rivers, and is known for its bridges, which are also displayed on its Coat of Arms. From an architectonic perspective, the most interesting structure is the Bahnhofsbrücke, which was the first pre-stressed concrete span with suspended plate girders in the world, and was a world-class technological monument right up to the time of its reconstruction.

The city was known for producing raw materials needed for the manufacture of porcelain. Until 1854, thus for a period of about 150 years, the Auer mine, whose colliery has been preserved, was the source for “St. Andreas white kaolin,” was the sole source of this raw material for making world-famous Meißner porcelain. From 1635 on, the Auer Blue Pigment Factory (known today as the Nickel Mill), the first large dye factory in Saxony, produced cobalt blue dyes from cobalt. This dye achieves its luminous intensity through firing, and was treasured as a dye for both Meißner porcelain and Delft glazed tiles. For 100 years, the factory had a monopoly on the manufacture of this pigment.

Not to be underestimated are the name recognition and the prestige accorded to the major district town of Aue. Its reputation has been earned not only by success in sports, but also through the economic success of its numerous productive, labour-intensive industrial, service and business enterprises. The intensive sports and business services provided by the major district town constitute a decisive factor for the economic development of the region.

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Impressions of Aue

Stadt Aue - Springbrunnen am Markt Stadt Aue - Blick auf den Markt Stadt Aue - Brücke mit Blick auf die Mulde Stadt Aue - Blick aif den Zellerberg

Geographical Location of Aue

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Contact Information for Aue

Aue City Administration

Goethestraße 5
08280 Aue

Tel:+49 3771 281 0
Fax: +49 3771 281 234

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Did you know...

  • ... that the earliest mention of the place where Aue is located goes back to the year 965?
  • … that silver, lead, arsenic, copper, iron, red and brown iron ore, as well as zinc and kaolin were mined in Aue?
  • … that Aue was the administrative centre of the former SDAG Wismut uranium mines?
  • … that the discoverer of germanium, Clemens Alexander Winkler, lived and worked in Aue?
  • … that the Aue Friedenskirche is one of the largest Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) churches in Saxony?
  • … that compared to Venice, Aue has more bridges per square kilometre? If we take its size into account, Aue sets the record for abundance of bridges with about 70 bridge structures. For every square kilometre, there is an average of 3.5 bridges. (By comparison, there are only 0.17 bridges per square kilometre in Venice).