Museum village “Baruther Glashütte”

Crafts and trades & manufactures , Museums , Industrial culture
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Europe’s most beautiful glassmakers’ village lets visitors experience the art of glassmaking and blow their own glass.
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  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: Anke Schirlitz
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: Kerstin Lehmann
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Gashütte - Fachwerkhäuser, Foto: Michel Klehn
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Gashütte - Abendstimmung, Foto: Michel Klehn
  • Museumsleiter Georg Goes während einer Führung durch das Museumsdorf. Foto: Catharina Weisser
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: Andreas Staindl
On a plain signpost in the woods of the Baruth glacial valley you can read “Glashütte”. The settlement, which is comprised of simple half-timbered houses with red brick infill, is a historic ensemble of workshops, residential buildings, school, an inn, and the former glassworks “Neue Hütte” from 1861. “Willkommen im Museumdorf Baruther Glashütte!” – a tourist attraction between Spreewald Forest and Fläming Heath.

This place has been home to the art of glassmaking for 300 years. In the 19th century, the industry came into full bloom when the town developed into Brandenburg’s largest manufacturer of frosted glass lampshades. Many of Berlin’s parlours utilised lamp shades from Glashütte. The “metropolis of lights” – as Berlin was called – once occupied 10,000 so-called girdle makers and fitters around Moritzplatz square to fit kerosene lamps with glass cylinders and shades from Baruther Hütte. Did you know that it was Reinhold Burger (maker of glass instruments) from Glashütte who invented the Thermos? After two World Wars and three decades of planned economy, the manufacturing site seized its production in the March. 

Today, the Baruther Glashütte experiences a revival in the form of a museum village. Across Europe, the village is an exceptional destination for traditional glassmaking. The historically listed ensemble accommodates 20 different artisans and merchants which operate small studios where they present their handmade items. A museum showcases the history of glassmaking. Two cafés, an inn and a wine parlour invite guests to taste regional and international delicatessen. Several hosts provide comfortable and cosy rooms to stay. 

Special exhibitions, holiday programmes, youth and family festival, mineworker's Christmas, glassworks nights: The event calendar of the museum village is full all year round. Moreover, visitors can select from wine seminars and traditional handicrafts and trades such as felting, soap-making, pottery, forging, and certainly also glass-blowing.

Recommendations: 

Try it out yourself and blow some glass or book a glassmaking class.

Take a stroll across the rural Christmas market with a historic mineworker's Christmas market on the first advent weekend.

Additional information on opening hours:

The indicated opening hours refer to the museum.

Opening hours of the shops/studios: Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Easter Monday and Whitsun

Please visit the Museumdorf website for all other operating hours.
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Europe’s most beautiful glassmakers’ village lets visitors experience the art of glassmaking and blow their own glass.
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  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: Anke Schirlitz
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: Kerstin Lehmann
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Glashütte, Foto: J. Marzecki
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Gashütte - Fachwerkhäuser, Foto: Michel Klehn
  • Museumsdorf Baruther Gashütte - Abendstimmung, Foto: Michel Klehn
  • Museumsleiter Georg Goes während einer Führung durch das Museumsdorf. Foto: Catharina Weisser
On a plain signpost in the woods of the Baruth glacial valley you can read “Glashütte”. The settlement, which is comprised of simple half-timbered houses with red brick infill, is a historic ensemble of workshops, residential buildings, school, an inn, and the former glassworks “Neue Hütte” from 1861. “Willkommen im Museumdorf Baruther Glashütte!” – a tourist attraction between Spreewald Forest and Fläming Heath.

This place has been home to the art of glassmaking for 300 years. In the 19th century, the industry came into full bloom when the town developed into Brandenburg’s largest manufacturer of frosted glass lampshades. Many of Berlin’s parlours utilised lamp shades from Glashütte. The “metropolis of lights” – as Berlin was called – once occupied 10,000 so-called girdle makers and fitters around Moritzplatz square to fit kerosene lamps with glass cylinders and shades from Baruther Hütte. Did you know that it was Reinhold Burger (maker of glass instruments) from Glashütte who invented the Thermos? After two World Wars and three decades of planned economy, the manufacturing site seized its production in the March. 

Today, the Baruther Glashütte experiences a revival in the form of a museum village. Across Europe, the village is an exceptional destination for traditional glassmaking. The historically listed ensemble accommodates 20 different artisans and merchants which operate small studios where they present their handmade items. A museum showcases the history of glassmaking. Two cafés, an inn and a wine parlour invite guests to taste regional and international delicatessen. Several hosts provide comfortable and cosy rooms to stay. 

Special exhibitions, holiday programmes, youth and family festival, mineworker's Christmas, glassworks nights: The event calendar of the museum village is full all year round. Moreover, visitors can select from wine seminars and traditional handicrafts and trades such as felting, soap-making, pottery, forging, and certainly also glass-blowing.

Recommendations: 

Try it out yourself and blow some glass or book a glassmaking class.

Take a stroll across the rural Christmas market with a historic mineworker's Christmas market on the first advent weekend.

Additional information on opening hours:

The indicated opening hours refer to the museum.

Opening hours of the shops/studios: Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Easter Monday and Whitsun

Please visit the Museumdorf website for all other operating hours.
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Hüttenweg 20

15837 Baruth/Mark OT Glashütte

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14547 Beelitz

Tel.: +49 (0) 33204-62870
Fax: +49 (0) 33204-618761

Weather Today, 23. 5.

9 24
Light rain overnight.

  • Tuesday
    14 22
  • Wednesday
    10 22

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