Zschopau (ˈtʃoːpaʊ), a town in the German
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 state Saxony
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, is located on both banks of the river Zschopau, 9 miles (14.5 km) south-east from Chemnitz
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. It is part of the Erzgebirgskreis
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 district. Its population is 11,584 (2005). 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.

Zschopau is famous for its motorcycle
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 industry, particularly the MZ
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 and MZ Motorrad- und Zweiradwerk GmbH brands, and the toy business VEB Plasticart
VEB Plasticart
VEB Plasticart was a toy manufacturer established in 1958 in Zschopau, German Democratic Republic. VEB was a Communist-era designation, meaning Volkseigener Betrieb - "company owned by the people"...


External links

  • http://www.zschopau.de/ Official city homepage
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