Burgwasserturm (castle water tower) provides the Ortenburg with a water connection

The Burgwasserturm (castle water tower) as the oldest part of the castle complex was built around 1400 to supply the castle with water. Like a water tower, it was used to supply water to the castle’s inhabitants, in this case those at Ortenburg Castle. At the time when the castle water tower was built, the water of the rivers was still edible. So it was the cool water of the Spree that brought refreshment and refreshment. Due to the relocation of the Spree in 1535 and the connection of the Ortenburg to the drinking water supply of the city of Bautzen, the water tower lost its original significance. Due to its location on the western edge of Ortenburg Castle, it was exposed to direct fire from the enemy. This is why it was built as a massive defence tower at the same time.

Burgwasserturm mit Übergang zur Ortenburg

Burgwasserturm wasn’t a prison for Karasek.

For 200 years the Burgwasserturm (castle water tower) has been popularly known as the Karasek Tower. Karasek was a dreaded robber-chief. Historically it is not quite exact that he was locked up in the tower after his capture, but who wants to be petty when it comes to chasing the guests with old robber camels a goose bumps over the back. In fact, the front fortress had been in the nave that connected the tower with the Ortenburg castle since 1740. Among others, the leaders of the famous robber gangs Johannes Karasek and Wenzel Kummer, the Bohemian Wenceslas, were imprisoned here. The prison was dissolved in 1900.

Burgwasserturm an der Ortenburg mit Matthiasturm und Nicolaiturm über dem Spreetal

Burgwasserturm is structurally secured

In the fighting of 1945 the interior and the roof of the water tower were destroyed. In 2001 the tower was technically secured and since then it has stood there as a “Hollow Bird”. The castle water tower is only accessible at certain events.

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

Guided Tours and Experiences in Bautzen

Stadtführung – Gruselabend in der Türme-Stadt


Sprichwörtliche Stadtführung


Dom-Führung – Der Dom St. Petri zu Bautzen, die zweisprachige Simultankirche


Altstadt-Stadtführung – Geschichten aus der Bautzener Altstadt


Stadtführung – Handel im Wandel


Erlebnis für Kinder – Der Traum vom Fliegen – Papierflieger für Groß und Klein