Werdau’s history dates back to the 13th century, but it is most proud of a landmark that was constructed less than a hundred years ago. Its magnificent Town Hall, built in 1911, was designed to replace a much older, smaller one that had served since 1727.
With its exquisite sandstone façade and 59-meter tower, the newer government building has become the town’s centerpiece and also serves as the location for a variety of festivities.
For example, you can attend a series of concerts at the stylish Town Hall Ballroom, as well as stage shows, films and dancing events, according to the calendar.
The town has also given its old marketplace a facelift, installing a lovely new fountain. Tented markets are held here weekly, along with an annual market event in September. Just nearby, medieval St. Mary’s Church has been renovated, too. And by designating much of the town center as a pedestrian zone, with footbridges and resting areas to make movement easy, a new atmosphere of tranquility has been created.
Among other sights to see in the area is a Steam Engine Museum opened in 1899. Just outside town, you can tour a Roman viaduct, 23 meters high with seventeen brickwork arches spanning more than 200 meters in length. And MASSI Park offers up an artistic timeline of historical events, prepared by the creative genius of blacksmith Theo Braun.
For modern sports and leisure, you will want to visit the recreational area at Kober Bach Dam between May and October. There you will find a sandy beach, camping areas, boat rentals and even a drive-in cinema.
Another recommended stop is the huge Welbau indoor and outdoor bathing facility, with its pools, sauna, solarium, artificial rocks, waterfalls and large green plants, plus a special attraction — a 65-meter water chute. Dining is also available on premise.