Wilhelm Ostwald museum, Großbothen

Wilhelm Ostwald, winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, lived and worked in this heritage-protected parkland from 1906 to 1932. Various buildings on the site are now used as a museum, meeting place and pleasant location for conferences.

The Haus Energie houses the Wilhelm Ostwald Museum and its archive, and the originally preserved library with around 14,000 titles. In addition, it includes hand-made scientific devices, tools and various exhibits from the scientist’s fields of work. There is a range of educational events, and guided tours can be booked. The small cafeteria is a pleasant place to spend some time.
Haus Werk was built in 1916 as a colour laboratory and from 1920 it housed Energie-Werke GmbH, which was founded by Ostwald. In the basement of the building, Walter Ostwald carried out experiments in catalytic post-combustion of liquefied petroleum gas. In Haus Werk, there is now a conference room for 50 people, equipped with the latest technology, as well as two seminar rooms.
Haus Glückauf is used for seminars and retreats. 10 guest rooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a lecture theatre are available to visitors.
Today, the nearby Waldhaus, which stands in a small clearing, is also a guest house. It was built in 1912 for Ostwald’s son, Wolfgang, who was a biologist and colloid chemist (1883 –1943).

Opening hours

Daily apart from Thursday10:00 – 17:00


Family ticket (2 adults +2 children)€7.00
Charge for tours (max. 15 people
by prior arrangement)




Address: Wilhelm Ostwald Museum
Street/house no. Grimmaer Straße 25
Post code/city: 04668 Grimma OT Großbothen