Alter Wasserturm replaces church tower

Where once the church tower of the Franciscan monastery adorned the silhouette of our town, since 1877 the Old Water Tower Bautzen rises. During the Industrial Revolution, the population increased dramatically and water supply became a problem. So the councillors of Bautzen decided to have the Alter Wasserturm built. This tower was built in 1877 in the centre of the historic old town of Bautzen and went into operation in August 1878. In the western part of the Mönchskirch ruin, visible far into the Upper Lusatian countryside, this water tower forms the silhouette of Bautzen.

Alter Wasserturm in der Mönchsgasse

Alter Wasserturm is embellished with wood panelling

The Alter Wasserturm had the task of supplying the old town of Bautzen with drinking water. The two water tanks in the upper tower area have a capacity of 1000 m³ and were fed by the Old Water Art Bautzen until 1967. Until it was shut down, the water supply was provided by the Strehla waterworks. Since 1936, the Alter Wasserturm in Bautzen has had the visually more attractive wooden cladding in the upper third of the tower. For more than 100 years the Old Water Tower Bautzen fulfilled its task until it was shut down due to the newly built waterworks.

Alter Wasserturm mit Mönchskirchruine am Culinarium

Events and towering experiences in the shadow of the Old Water Tower

Over 64 steps you reach a platform below the two water tanks. Between the outer wall and the water tank there is a 41 rung ladder, over which a rusty water supply leads. Another ladder more than 6 metres long leads into the roof of the Old Water Tower. The Old Water Tower was not open to the public for a long time, and since December 1, 2017 it has been accessible again for special events in connection with the Mönchskirch ruin.

Bautzen-Gerberbastei mit Dom St. Petri und Nicolaiturm vom Schützenplatz

Guided Tours and Experiences in Bautzen

Stadtführung – Kunstspaziergang durch Bautzen


Schatten der Vergangenheit – die düstere Stadtführung


1000 Jahre, 1000 Perspektiven – Die Stadtführung für Bautzener


Event – Drei Türme, ein Fall – Der Türme-Krimi in Bautzen


Stadtführung – Bautzener Bierführung


Kaffeepause im Turm-Garten