Knappenrode Energy Museum

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Current information: Due to extensive rebuilding work, the Saxon Museum of Industry, KNAPPENRODE ENERGY MUSEUM, is closed until October 2020! Reopening is planned for October 15.
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  • Eingangbereich, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Pressenhaus, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Presse im Maschinenraum in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: J. Matschie
  • Lausitzblick, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Blick vom Treppenturm an der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Wolfgang Wittchen
  • Familienspaß auf dem Außengelände, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Ausstellung, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Kleine Kumpeltour in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Rico Hofmann
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Picknick, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Presse in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Wolfgang Wittchen
  • Fenster in die Energiefabrik, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
The brick-coloured briquette factory in Knappenrode towers impressively over the pine forests. Its staircase tower provides a stunning view across the Lusatian Lake District. From here, wearing a hard hat, you can enter the world of the workers of the past.

The coal dust still sticks to the walls of the factory halls, and there is still a smell of lignite in the air. The machines have been standing idle for 25 years, but the Factory Experience. Tour helps visitors to understand, even today, how briquettes were made from raw coal. Reports from contemporary eye-witnesses, photographs and films convey a vivid impression of the tough working conditions that the miners had to put up with. And sometimes the siren to mark the change of shift shatters the silence of Knappenrode and the sound of the machines coming to life can be heard. The halls are then filled with loud rattles and roars.

And industrial history is presented outside too: The park-like museum complex contains heavy-duty open-cast mining equipment, machines on rails, a pit foreman’s house and even an accessible underground section. Do you dare to walk into the dark cavernous opening?

The exhibition entitled "Heiß geliebt!" (literally: hotly loved) presents Saxony’s largest collection of stoves and fireplaces. 120 exhibits provide a glimpse into the cultural history of heating. And "When Knappenrode was still called Werminghoff" takes us into the beginnings of the town and the factory, on which building started in 1913/14 and which was named after the General Director of Eintracht AG, Joseph Werminghoff. It was not until 1950 that the name of the town was changed to Knappenrode.

A tour almost three kilometres long offers visitors the chance to zip around the museum site on a hand-operated draisine, accompanied by a former miner. Children in need of exercise will find what they want in the labyrinth and on the boulder pyramid. Time travellers can bring their journey to a relaxing end over a coffee or lemonade in the bistro or the museum shop.

Tips: 

You can also learn more in the wide range of photographic, art and special exhibitions in the Energy Museum that open up new perspectives on themes such as mineralogy, mining, regional changes and the future of the Lausitz region. 

The Factory Festival and the Autumn Fire Festival are highlight events each year.

Current information on how to get there: Please bear in mind that the road between Maukendorf and Knappenrode is closed until October 30, 2018, and so is the B96 in Groß Särchen until August 11, 2018. In Groß Särchen, please follow the diversion and normal signs to Knappenrode. Coming from Hoyerswerda, it is possible to drive via Lohsa, Friedersdorf, Mortka and Koblenz or to turn off in Maukendorf towards Wittichenau and reach Groß Särchen via Hoske and Rachlau.

For cyclists:

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Current information: Due to extensive rebuilding work, the Saxon Museum of Industry, KNAPPENRODE ENERGY MUSEUM, is closed until October 2020! Reopening is planned for October 15.
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  • Eingangbereich, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Pressenhaus, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Presse im Maschinenraum in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: J. Matschie
  • Lausitzblick, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Blick vom Treppenturm an der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Wolfgang Wittchen
  • Familienspaß auf dem Außengelände, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Ausstellung, Foto: Nada Quenzel, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.
  • Kleine Kumpeltour in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Rico Hofmann
  • Energiefabrik Knappenrode - Picknick, Foto: Nada Quenzel
  • Presse in der Energiefabrik Knappenrode, Foto: Wolfgang Wittchen
The brick-coloured briquette factory in Knappenrode towers impressively over the pine forests. Its staircase tower provides a stunning view across the Lusatian Lake District. From here, wearing a hard hat, you can enter the world of the workers of the past.

The coal dust still sticks to the walls of the factory halls, and there is still a smell of lignite in the air. The machines have been standing idle for 25 years, but the Factory Experience. Tour helps visitors to understand, even today, how briquettes were made from raw coal. Reports from contemporary eye-witnesses, photographs and films convey a vivid impression of the tough working conditions that the miners had to put up with. And sometimes the siren to mark the change of shift shatters the silence of Knappenrode and the sound of the machines coming to life can be heard. The halls are then filled with loud rattles and roars.

And industrial history is presented outside too: The park-like museum complex contains heavy-duty open-cast mining equipment, machines on rails, a pit foreman’s house and even an accessible underground section. Do you dare to walk into the dark cavernous opening?

The exhibition entitled "Heiß geliebt!" (literally: hotly loved) presents Saxony’s largest collection of stoves and fireplaces. 120 exhibits provide a glimpse into the cultural history of heating. And "When Knappenrode was still called Werminghoff" takes us into the beginnings of the town and the factory, on which building started in 1913/14 and which was named after the General Director of Eintracht AG, Joseph Werminghoff. It was not until 1950 that the name of the town was changed to Knappenrode.

A tour almost three kilometres long offers visitors the chance to zip around the museum site on a hand-operated draisine, accompanied by a former miner. Children in need of exercise will find what they want in the labyrinth and on the boulder pyramid. Time travellers can bring their journey to a relaxing end over a coffee or lemonade in the bistro or the museum shop.

Tips: 

You can also learn more in the wide range of photographic, art and special exhibitions in the Energy Museum that open up new perspectives on themes such as mineralogy, mining, regional changes and the future of the Lausitz region. 

The Factory Festival and the Autumn Fire Festival are highlight events each year.

Current information on how to get there: Please bear in mind that the road between Maukendorf and Knappenrode is closed until October 30, 2018, and so is the B96 in Groß Särchen until August 11, 2018. In Groß Särchen, please follow the diversion and normal signs to Knappenrode. Coming from Hoyerswerda, it is possible to drive via Lohsa, Friedersdorf, Mortka and Koblenz or to turn off in Maukendorf towards Wittichenau and reach Groß Särchen via Hoske and Rachlau.

For cyclists:

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Werminghoffstraße 20

02977 Hoyerswerda OT Knappenrode

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Tourismusverband Lausitzer Seenland e.V.

Am Stadthafen 2
01968 Senftenberg

Tel.: +49 (0) 3573-725300-0
Fax: +49 (0) 3573-725300-9

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