City chronicle at a glance
First documentary mention as Zcwickaw.
Zwickau is first mentioned in a document as an "oppidum".
The municipal law is laid down in the Zwickau municipal law book.
On 20 May the biggest fire in Zwickau's history destroys almost the entire city centre.
Silver is found on the Schneeberg. The mining entrepreneurs are mainly citizens of Zwickau.
Thomas Müntzer works as a preacher in Zwickau.
At the request of the council, Martin Luther gives several sermons in the city.
A prison is established in the Renaissance castle Osterstein. Among the most famous inmates are August Bebel and Karl May.
On 8 June the composer Robert Schumann is born.
Start of industrial mining of the Zwickau coal deposits.
On 31 December the expressionist Max Pechstein is born. From 6 May, an electric tram, the first in Saxony, operates between the main market square and the railway station.
The engineering school is founded, forerunner of the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau - University of Applied Sciences
Start of Zwickau automotive engineering with the settlement of A. Horch & Cie. Motorenwerke AG.
Gert Fröbe is born on 25 February in Oberplanitz.
On 10 July a devastating flood hits Zwickau.
Opening of the Robert Schumann House as a museum and research facility.
On 7 November, production of the passenger car P 50, later known as the Trabant, begins at the Zwickau automotive plant.
On 30 November, Zwickau's coal mining ends.
Protest rallies and prayers for peace initiate the period of German reunification in Zwickau.
The first free local elections are held on 6 May.
On 30 April, the last Trabant rolls off the production line at the Sachsenring plant. Zwickau automotive manufacturing is continued by VW Sachsen GmbH with its vehicle plant in Mosel.
On 28 May, the regional railway section Hauptbahnhof-Glück-Auf-Center-Stadtzentrum is inaugurated with the innovative three-rail track.
The renovated Priesterhäuser open their doors as a museum of the city's history.
The August Horch Museum is inaugurated at the birthplace of Audi.
The Max Pechstein Museum is opened in the KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN.
The VW Group decides to develop the Zwickau location into the largest European e-mobility competence centre.