In the footsteps of Baroness von Löwendal

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Benedicta Margareta von Löwendal, born in 1683, was a Danish-German noblewoman and founder of the iron factory in Lauchhammer. The industrial town of Lauchhammer was born in 1725 with the lighting of the first blast furnace. Her godson Detlef Carl von Einsiedel then succeeded in making Lauchhammer the centre of iron art casting with his collection of copies of antiquities. In 1784, his sculptors were able to report a ground-breaking achievement: the first hollow iron casting of a figure. From the 1830s, bronze casting was also carried out here and famous sculptors handed over the completion of their works to this foundry, which is still a leader in the casting of monumental sculptures today. In the Art Casting Museum, visitors can discover the models for the foundry’s iron and bronze casts. At the original location of the foundry, built in 1725, almost 3000 surviving models kept at the foundry can be seen in a display warehouse; the models are now under monument protection.
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  • Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Stiftung Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Fotothek
  • Schaudepot im Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Stiftung Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Fotothek
Length: 27 kilometres

Start/finish: Lauchhammer-West, station

Logo/route sign: not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: from Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) take the RE2 to Cottbus and continue by the RE18411 (Dresden) to Ruhland. From here, take the S4 to Lauchhammer West (about 3 hours)
  • Car: from Berlin via the A13 and B169 to Lauchhammer West (about 2 hours)

Route: Lauchhammer Mitte (Bockwitz), Lauchhammer Ost (Naundorf), Lauchhammer Nord (Kleinleipisch), Grünewalde

Points of interest/background information:

  • Protestant St Nikolai Church, where Baron and Baroness von Löwendal are buried in a crypt that is still accessible
  • Lauchhammer-Mitte local history parlour: Exhibits about the history of the town of Lauchhammer, models of Mückenberg Castle (now Lauchhammer-West), which Baroness von Löwendal had built and further historic buildings in the park area
  • “Germania” – recasting of the cast iron figure of 1896 on the market place in Lauchhammer-Mitte
  • Art casting and bell foundry
  • Art casting “Large Vase” in the park of the art casting foundry, made in 1784, recalling the beginning of iron art casting in Lauchhammer
  • Bio-Towers, a stop along the ENERGY Route of Lausitz industrial culture
  • Castle grounds in Lauchhammer-West (Mückenberg), which Baroness von Löwendal had built, plus the castle church and animal enclosure
  • Recasting of the “Herkulanerin” (Woman from Herculaneum) in the castle grounds in Lauchhammer-West. The original of the “Woman from Herculaneum” was once made as an art iron casting for the castle in Mückenberg. To mark the 275th anniversary of the Lauchhammer factory, a recasting was erected again at the location in the castle grounds in August 2000.

Possible combinations

  • Prince Pueckler Cycle Path
  • Coal, Wind and Water Tour
  • Lower Lusatian Mining Tour
  • Schradeln Tour
  • Schwarze Elster Cycle Path
  • Tour Brandenburg

Trail conditions/surface: not specified

Maps/Literature:

  • “Radwanderkarte Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz”, 1:50.000, Sachsen Kartografie, Auflage: 7 (9. Januar 2013), ISBN 978-3868430585, Euro 5.90
  • “Senftenberger See und Umgebung: Wander- und Radwanderkarte”, 1:50.000, Sachsen Kartografie, Auflage: 4 (12. September 2014), ISBN-13: 978-3868430554, Euro 4.90

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Benedicta Margareta von Löwendal, born in 1683, was a Danish-German noblewoman and founder of the iron factory in Lauchhammer. The industrial town of Lauchhammer was born in 1725 with the lighting of the first blast furnace. Her godson Detlef Carl von Einsiedel then succeeded in making Lauchhammer the centre of iron art casting with his collection of copies of antiquities. In 1784, his sculptors were able to report a ground-breaking achievement: the first hollow iron casting of a figure. From the 1830s, bronze casting was also carried out here and famous sculptors handed over the completion of their works to this foundry, which is still a leader in the casting of monumental sculptures today. In the Art Casting Museum, visitors can discover the models for the foundry’s iron and bronze casts. At the original location of the foundry, built in 1725, almost 3000 surviving models kept at the foundry can be seen in a display warehouse; the models are now under monument protection.
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  • Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Stiftung Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Fotothek
  • Schaudepot im Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Foto: Stiftung Kunstgussmuseum Lauchhammer, Fotothek
Length: 27 kilometres

Start/finish: Lauchhammer-West, station

Logo/route sign: not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: from Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) take the RE2 to Cottbus and continue by the RE18411 (Dresden) to Ruhland. From here, take the S4 to Lauchhammer West (about 3 hours)
  • Car: from Berlin via the A13 and B169 to Lauchhammer West (about 2 hours)

Route: Lauchhammer Mitte (Bockwitz), Lauchhammer Ost (Naundorf), Lauchhammer Nord (Kleinleipisch), Grünewalde

Points of interest/background information:

  • Protestant St Nikolai Church, where Baron and Baroness von Löwendal are buried in a crypt that is still accessible
  • Lauchhammer-Mitte local history parlour: Exhibits about the history of the town of Lauchhammer, models of Mückenberg Castle (now Lauchhammer-West), which Baroness von Löwendal had built and further historic buildings in the park area
  • “Germania” – recasting of the cast iron figure of 1896 on the market place in Lauchhammer-Mitte
  • Art casting and bell foundry
  • Art casting “Large Vase” in the park of the art casting foundry, made in 1784, recalling the beginning of iron art casting in Lauchhammer
  • Bio-Towers, a stop along the ENERGY Route of Lausitz industrial culture
  • Castle grounds in Lauchhammer-West (Mückenberg), which Baroness von Löwendal had built, plus the castle church and animal enclosure
  • Recasting of the “Herkulanerin” (Woman from Herculaneum) in the castle grounds in Lauchhammer-West. The original of the “Woman from Herculaneum” was once made as an art iron casting for the castle in Mückenberg. To mark the 275th anniversary of the Lauchhammer factory, a recasting was erected again at the location in the castle grounds in August 2000.

Possible combinations

  • Prince Pueckler Cycle Path
  • Coal, Wind and Water Tour
  • Lower Lusatian Mining Tour
  • Schradeln Tour
  • Schwarze Elster Cycle Path
  • Tour Brandenburg

Trail conditions/surface: not specified

Maps/Literature:

  • “Radwanderkarte Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz”, 1:50.000, Sachsen Kartografie, Auflage: 7 (9. Januar 2013), ISBN 978-3868430585, Euro 5.90
  • “Senftenberger See und Umgebung: Wander- und Radwanderkarte”, 1:50.000, Sachsen Kartografie, Auflage: 4 (12. September 2014), ISBN-13: 978-3868430554, Euro 4.90

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