The site on which today's Old Cottbus Electricity Works is located served as the site of two half-timbered mills in the 19th century. These mills became the property of the city of Cottbus in 1873, but fell victim to a fire in 1882. The city was increasingly developing into a respected industrial town and so thought had to be given to the appropriate generation of electricity.
In 1898, 16 years after the devastating fire, the city of Cottbus also bought the adjacent land and obtained the rights to use the water power. In 1902, the weir was built and construction of the tramway began. The Old Cottbus Electricity Works then went into operation on 27 April 1903. It generated electricity through water power and was equipped with water turbines and compound steam engines at the time.
At the beginning, the Old Cottbus Electricity Works supplied electricity exclusively for the Cottbus tramway and 138 private connections. With the Second World War, damage meant that the supply of electricity was no longer guaranteed. In the 1960s, the operation of the Old Cottbus Electricity Works was discontinued because the Lübbenau power station and Schwarze Pumpe - a gas combine - supplied the region with sufficient energy. After extensive reconstruction, flats and engineering offices found their place in the Old Cottbus Power Station.
Cheap parking at Q-Park BLECHEN Carré in Cottbus
Our multi-storey car park Q-Park BLECHEN Carré is approx. 7 minutes (550 m) walk from the Altes Elektrizitätswerk Cottbus and offers you the opportunity to park cheaply all day. Make the most of your time in Cottbus and visit other things the city has to offer without having to re-park, such as the Cottbus City Museum, the Spremberg Tower and the city wall.