Chemnitz, the third largest city in Saxony, looks back proudly on a history of innovation with which few other cities can hope to compete. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, Chemnitz quickly developed into the leading centre of mechanical engineering in Germany. This great tradition has continued uninterrupted to the present day, even through the period in which the city was known as Karl-Marx-Stadt. Today, Chemnitz (population 245,000) is well on its way to becoming one of the most important high-tech locations in Germany. But Chemnitz has much more to offer than just science and technology. Amongst other things, there is the Opera House (built in 1909), the King Albert Museum with its excellent collection of German Expressionist paintings, the Natural History Museum and the German Board Games Museum, the only one of its kind in Germany. And in the Kassberg Quarter, you can see the largest intact area of Art Nouveau architecture in Germany.