Copper Hammer in the Saigerhütte Olbernhau

Service & Infos

As the Kupferhammer is closed in January and February, please contact Frau Andrae on +49 (0)37360 15134 or astrid.andrae(at) if you have any questions or would like to arrange an appointment.


The Kupferhammer was built in 1537 and is the oldest of the four hammer sheds. It was used to process non-ferrous metals into plates, bowls and pans until 1914. The three hammers are powered by a water wheel measuring 2.70 metres in diameter and 1.50 metres in width.

The Kupferhammer was badly damaged in 1932 by flooding and ice flow from the Natzschung river. By 1935, it had been rebuilt as a monument. It has been a museum since 1961.

Closed on:

New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, all January and February, and until 1pm on Good Friday

Charm forge

In our Kupferhammer, you can forge your own lucky charm. Whether you are getting married or celebrating your anniversary, a company anniversary or a confirmation, there are lots of occasions where you can “give the gift of luck”. You get a certificate to show you have forged the lucky charm yourself.

The charm forge is available by appointment only between March and December. It includes:

  • Demonstration of the Kupferhammer
  • Forging a lucky charm
  • Certificate
  • Toasting ceremony with the hammersmith
  • Lucky charm
  • Log fire

Price: 15.00 euros per event

Special price for charm forge, valid for family celebrations with 30 people or more: €75.00 + €15.00

Stage presentation: Der Hüttenmatthes

The Olbernhau tale of Der Hüttenmatthes is performed as a one-actor play with special effects against the historic backdrop of the Kupferhammer. Available by prior appointment only from March to December (in German only). The ticket includes:

  • The play
  • Tour and demonstration of the Kupferhammer
  • Log fire

Duration: approximately 50 minutes

Price (per performance)

  • Groups of up to 30 people €100 + admission, each additional person €3 + admission


Further information on the Saigerhütte Museum Complex

In the fully functioning hammer shed, the hammersmith explains the history of this early capitalist production site and sets the Broad Hammer, which weighs six hundredweight or 300 kilograms, into motion. He explains clearly and in detail about the origins of the process for separating copper and silver by smelting (Saigern). Lead is added to exploit the different melting temperatures and miscibility of the different materials.
Museum Saigerhütte mit Kupferhammer
+49 (37360) 73367
+49 (37360) 79567
Museum Saigerhütte
In der Hütte 2
09526 Olbernhau
Führungszeiten: März bis Dezember; Dienstag bis Sonntag und an Feiertagen: 9.30/ 10.30/ 11.30/ 13.00/ 14.00/ 15.00/ 16.00 Uhr und nach Absprache; Karfreitag erst ab 13.00 Uhr geöffnet


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  • Erwachsene:   4,50 Euro
  • Kinder (6 - 16 Jahre), Azubis, Studenten:   1,50 Euro
  • Familienkarte (2 Erwachsene, ab 1 Kind):   10,00 Euro
  • Kindergruppen (Kiga, Hort, Schule):   1,00 Euro / Person
  • Gruppe ab 10 Personen:   2,50 Euro / Person


  • Erwachsene:   3,00 Euro
  • Kinder (6 - 16 Jahre), Azubis, Studenten:   1,00 Euro
  • Familienkarte (2 Erwachsene, ab 1 Kind):   6,50 Euro
  • Kindergruppen (Kiga, Hort, Schule):   0,75 Euro / Person
  • Gruppe ab 10 Personen:   2,00 Euro / Person

Kupferhammer und Ausstellung (Kombikarte):

  • Erwachsene:   6,00 Euro
  • Kinder (6 - 16 Jahre), Azubis, Studenten:   2,00 Euro
  • Familienkarte (2 Erwachsene, ab 1 Kind):   13,00 Euro
  • Kindergruppen (Kiga, Hort, Schule):   1,50 Euro / Person
  • Gruppe ab 10 Personen:   4,00 Euro / Person

Bonuscard: 4,00 Euro / Person statt 6,00 Euro / Person für Hammer und Ausstellung