In Glashütte, the famous clock brands from Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original and others are created by masterly precision work. The watches produced in Glashütte are world famous, and the watchmakers in the town count among the best of their ranks internationally.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- Separate entrance (bell) with glass lift for wheelchair users
- WC for wheelchair users: Door 94 cm, 133x125cm in front of and 130 cm beside the WC
Miracles sometimes still happen. 1990 saw the privatization of the publicly-owned enterprise VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe, a conglomerate of all the nationalized watch factories in Glashütte. Under the brand name “Glashütte Original” high-quality mechanical watches were marketed again, after years of mass production under socialist rule. Success led to the re-foundation of former companies and to the emergence of new ones. Today, lovers of fine watches are moved at the mere mention of the word “Glashütte”. And to be able to have the coveted words “Glashütte i/Sa” on their watches, the manufacturer must demonstrate that over 50 per cent of the production took place locally.
It all began with economic development: in 1845 the Dresden court granted the master watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange an initial funding of 7,000 talers for the establishment of a watch factory in the structurally weak region. After some initial difficulties “Lange & Söhne” achieved world fame in 1875, which drew spin-offs and start-ups. Visitors wanting to experience today's watch production can be guided through the glass manufactory of Glashütte Original and visit the German Watch Museum in the building of the former German School of Watchmaking, which presents not only the wonderful history of watchmaking in Glashütte but also valuable and rare watches from domestic production.