Since Autumn 2020 the fabric of energy offers modern exhibitions consisting of light, metal and glass in a brick building from the industrial century.
from the past to the future in one exhibition
In a permanent exhibition the factory shows the development of the old territory of the Lausitz from the pre-industrial beginnings to future holiday- and energy region. You get to know the process of development by a time journey which makes it easy to understand. The exhibition includes everything between the sorbian villages to the economic boom, the coal in the 20th century, the design of the lakes of Lausitz and actual themes like the change of energy. The special thing about the exhibition is that it can be experienced with all sences which makes it a really cool adventure.
The highlight of the museum is the fabric.adventure.guide which is carried out by former workers who tell about their daily life at the factory. You also get insight into the process of briquetting by the original machines that are exposed. Again, you experience the whole tour with all sences.
The tour takes time three times a day at 12 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.
The exhibition as well as the outside area offer small workshops, a labyrinth and a slide for the younger visitors. There is also a new café in which you can eat something and a museum shop for souvenirs and information material about coal, mining and Lausitz.
The factory wants to become completely barrier-free in the future. They are currently working on services for visually and acoustically disabled people. The opportunities for people who can not walk are fully developed for which reason there are no restrictions when visiting the museum. Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the factory and there are two parking spaces for disabled persons.
Part of the saxon industrial museums
The Energy factory in Knappenrode is part of the saxon industrial museums which also include the industrial museum in Chemnitz, the fabric factory Gebr. Pfau Crimmitschau and the tin mine Ehrenfriedersdorf.
- The day pass at Energiefabrik Knappenrode (saxon industrial museum) is €7 making it the cheapest tourist attraction in Saxony.
How to get there
Coming from Dresden you get to the museum over the A 4 towards Görlitz. Afterwards you follow the country road towards Hoyerswerda.
Coming from Berlin you take the A 13 towards Dresden. Afterwards you drive towards Hoyerswerda.
There are parking spots right in front of the museum. There are also charging spots for cars and e-bikes.
IMPORTANT! If your navigation device does not find Knappenrode, use the following address: Hoyerswerda, Ernst-Thälmann-Str. 8
the bus line 794 frequently drives between Bautzen and Hoyerswerda. Use the bus stop "Bergbaumuseum" (mining museum) right in front of the building.
IMPORTANT! Not every bus passes the bus stop that is named. You can also use the bus stop "Schule" (school) and reach the museum over Lessingstreet by foot in about five minutes.