Path of the scholars

On the trail of Freiberg's history - a walk to monuments of important Freiberg heads

Go on a journey into the past of the traditional university TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Visit the monuments and places of work of great personalities of Freiberg's history.

Get exclusive background information and get to know the great scholars of the TU Bergakademie in a completely different way!

Tour approx. 2.2 km | Duration approx. 1 hour

Personalities and stations of the path of scholars

1 Krügerhaus (Dr.-Erich-Krüger-Stiftung/Foundation)

Starting point: the Krügerhaus right next to Freudenstein Castle.

2 Ferdinand Reich / H. Theodor Richter

Discovered the element indium during joint research in 1863.

2 Ferdinand Reich / H. Theodor Richter

Chemist and 1886 discoverer of the element germanium from the mineral argyrodite of the Himmelsfürst mine near Freiberg.

4 Abraham Gottlob Werner

From 1775 appointment as inspector and teacher at the Freiberg Mining Academy.

5 Alexander von Humboldt

One of the most renowned German natural scientists and geologists.

6 Wilhelm August Lampadius

He was responsible for the discovery of carbon disulphide and the first gas lighting in continental Europe.

7 Karl Theodor Körner

Enrolled in 1808 at the age of 17 as a paying student at the Bergakadamie Freiberg.

8 S. August W. Freiherr von Herder

In 1826, as one of the most important experts of his time, he was appointed Oberberghauptmann of the Saxon mining and metallurgical industry.

9 F. W. von Oppel / F. A. von Heynitz

Considered the founder of the Bergakademie Freiberg.

10 Novalis (Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg)

Important poet of the German Romantic period.

11 Hans Carl von Carlowitz

Initiated the term "sustainability".

12 Johann Friedrich Henckel

Trained mainly young students from home and abroad, including M. V. Lomonosov.

13 Julius Ludwig Weisbach

As an important mechanical scientist, he was appointed a mountain councillor in 1856.

Science from 1713 until today...

1713Publication of the "Sylvicultura economica" by Hans Carl von Carlowitz
1733/44Johann Friedrich Henckel gave chemical-metallurgical lessons in Freiberg
1765On the initiative of the Generalbergkommissars Friedrich Anton von Heynitz and the Oberberghauptmannes Friedrich Wilhelm von Oppel, the Freiberg Mining Academy was founded by the Prince Regent of Electoral Saxony Franz Xaver
1775/1817Abraham Gottlob Werner, world-famous scientist of mineralogy and geology, worked at the Bergakademie
1791/92Alexander von Humboldt was a student at the Bergakademie
1797/99Friedrich von Hardenberg "Novalis" was a student at the Bergakademie
1808/10Karl Theodor Körner was a student at the Bergakademie
1812Wilhelm August Lampadius developed the first gas lighting based on coal gas on the European continent
1826S. August W. Freiherr von Herder wurde zum sächsischen Oberberghauptmann ernannt
1835Julius Ludwig Weisbach wurde zum Professor an die Bergakademie berufen
1863Ferdinand Reich und H. Theodor Richter entdeckten das Element Indium
1886Clemens Alexander Winkler entdeckte das Element Germanium