Euroregion Elbe/Labe

Museum Historical Lime Kiln, Borna

Museum of lime production with usable field railroad; additional fire fighting museum

The museum "Historisches Kalkwerk Borna" (Historical Lime Works Borna) impressively documents and presents the history of this branch of industry, which has existed for over 600 years, as well as the associated aspects in the Elbe Valley Slate Mountains. A theme trail that will open up other historic lime kilns and quarries in the region between Maxen and Berggießhübel is currently under construction.

The sandstone structure of the old lime kiln is over 200 years old. About 90 years ago the kiln was extended by a chimney. In the annex there is an exhibition showing the period from the first limestone quarrying around 1388 to the cessation of production with this plant in 1964.

The second separate exhibition describes the lime plant that went into operation in 1964. About the origin of Borna limestone, the construction of the plant, the implementation of production, the life of lime workers under socialism, up to the demolition in 2000 is vividly informed.

In 2020, a fire department museum was established on the museum grounds together with the Borna-Gersdorf volunteer fire department. It shows the development of the fire brigade from its foundation in 1877 until today. Among other things, the fire engine from 1878 can be seen. Several fire engines from the GDR are on display in a tent hall.

As early as 1930, a light railroad transported the burnt lime to the processing plant. A museum railroad now runs on a 300-meter circuit.


Borna 10 c
01819 Bahretal

Opening hours

May - September

every third Saturday of the month: 14.00 - 17.00.

Outside the opening hours, a visit is possible by prior arrangement.

In addition, events and driving days of the light railroad are held.


Adults: 2 Euros

Children: free


children's playground / play corner

museum store


From the bus stop "Gersdorf, Abzweig Borna" directions_railway directions_bus you can reach the museum after 700 m walk.

Parking is available at the museum.

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