Neue Wasserkunst prevents water emergency

Construction of the Neue Wasserkunst in Bautzen began in 1606. At that time, more and more people pushed into the cities – including Bautzen, which at that time was still called “Budissin”. To ensure the increased demand for water, the city councils decided to have a second Wasserkunst built – the Neue Wasserkunst.

Neue Wasserkunst am Zollhaus

Neue Wasserkunst is part of the Outer Lauentor

The tower was completed in 1610 by the master builder Wenzel Röhrscheidt the Younger. In addition, the tower in Bautzen had the function of a defensive bastion and was part of the outer Lauentor together with the Neutor in the lower part of the tower. Unfortunately, the tower was severely destroyed shortly after its completion by the effects of the 30-year war.

Eingang zur Neuen Wasserkunst

Tube corridor in the Neue Wasserkunst is preserved

During reconstruction the Neue Wasserkunst received its present appearance with the stone dome, under which a steam engine was put into operation in 1874. During the industrial revolution, water pipes with connections to the residential buildings were laid from here. In 1893 the Neue Wasserkunst was closed down, but its tube passage and the city gate were still in good condition and were restored with the tower in 1999.

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

Guided Tours and Experiences in Bautzen

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


Getränke, Häppchen und Konversation – Sektempfang in der Türme-Stadt


Team-Event – Bogenschießen in Bautzen


Stadtführung mit Besichtigung Dom St.Petri


Vom Dunkel ins Licht – die Untergrund Stadtführung


Bautzen-Stadtführung – Willkommen in der Türme-Stadt