In 1716 Count Sigismund Friedrich (1696-1738) established a glassworks about 7 km from the small town of Baruth that lies 60 km south of Berlin. The community that grew up around the works gained the name ‘Glashütte’. The works continued to operate until 1980.
The historical monument Baruther Glashütte is an unique site of more than 30 buildings that represent 300 years of glass production and related social life. The complex of buildings comprises one of the best-preserved glassworks in Europe. The largest former factory building and the grindigng shop became a living museum that runs a glass studio too. Thus visitors can experience live glass production und try themselves to blow a piece of glass. Furthermore the village invites guests to visit special exhibitions coveing modern art und cultural history. Many artisans took residence in Glashütte and run a shop showing their craftsmanship. Glashütte is situated in an attractive natural region Fläming-Spreewald and can be used as a basis for trips by foot, bike and skate (Flaeming-Skate).
The village was the birthplace of Reinhold Burger (1866-1954), who developed the X-ray tube and the Thermos vacuum flask, and there is a display relating to his life in a former grinding workshop of 1894.
|Recommended duration of visit:||4 Hours|
|Duration of a guided tour:||60 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||Available|
|Infrastructure for children:|
|Visitor centre on site:||yes|
|Gift and book shop on site:||yes|
April to October:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-6pm
November to March:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-4pm
special opening times at Christmas and in January and February - see the site's website