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First German Hosiery Museum in Gelenau

Exhibition · Greifensteinregion · 425 m · closed
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  • Erstes Deutsches Strumpfmuseum
    Erstes Deutsches Strumpfmuseum
    Photo: Nancy Müller, CC BY, Gemeinde Gelenau
Opened in 1992 as the “Erstes Deutsches Strumpfmuseum” (“First German Hosiery Museum”), this museum is unique in Germany. Visitors can expect former stocking-making and embroidery exhibits, extensive machinery, equipment used for show demonstrations, a collection of samples, and a stocking-making parlour from circa 1900.
The First German Hosiery Museum in Gelenau not only houses collections of knitted and worked hosiery of great cultural and historical value, but also demonstrates the technical development of hosiery production: from its early days with a winding wheel and hand-knitting machines to the first circular knitting machines and modern automatic equipment. The cotton machine from 1930, which is still used for demonstrations, is of national importance.

Artists of all ages can craft their own “sock monsters” at the Stocking Museum!

Opening hours

closed today
Please check seasonal opening hours.

- month July and August

- first weekend in November

- from the first advent to the end of January

- three weeks before to one week after Easter

- from Friday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.


Entrance via Ernst-Grohmann-Strasse ‒ ground floor has step-free access.



Adult 7,00 Euro

Reduced 5,00 Euro (Pupils, trainees, students, severely disabled persons upon presentation of ID, presentation of admission tickets Depot Pohl-Ströher Gelenau)

Family 20,00 Euro (Parents or grandparents with 2 or more children or grandchildren up to the age of 16)

Children up to the age of six free

Groups of 10 or more people EUR 6.00 per person

Groups of 25 or more people EUR 5.00 per person

Guided tours on request 40.00 Euro/1 hour (maximum 20 people)

Short introduction for larger groups 15 Euro/ 10 minutes


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Update: June 30, 2023

Public transport

Take the local bus, line 209, to the Hosiery Museum. Transfer to regional and national lines via the central stop in Gelenau.

By road

You will find Gelenau in the Erzgebirge district between Chemnitz and Annaberg-Buchholz halfway along the route

B 95.

You can also take the route B 174 from Chemnitz in the direction of Marienberg, the Amtsberg junction to Gelenau.

The First German Hosiery Museum can be found in the lower part of town at Rathausplatz.


A large car park is located near the town hall.


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