The last grinding cottage still in production in Wuppertal

A museum, but not just that: Manuelskotten is the last water-powered grinding cottage in Wuppertal where they are still actively producing. So-called cutter knives for the meat processing industry are still ground here today.

The traditional grinding handicraft has been alive in Kaltenbachtal since 1755. A small exhibition on the upper floor provides information on the work processes and products. Unique in the region: the various types of steam engine, diesel motor, generator and electric motor all collected under one roof. The centrepiece is the enormous waterwheel with a diameter of over five and a half metres.

In its heyday, up to 28 men worked at the dry and wet grinding stations on the lower floor and at the polishing and buffing wheels on the upper floor. They were mostly independent, worked for themselves and rented workplaces and power on an hourly basis.

Manuelskotten can be reached via a narrow road. But the journey on the lovingly restored museum tram is far more exciting. A stop is only a few metres away.


Kaltenbacher Kotten
142349 Wuppertal Cronenberg
Tel.: +49 (0) 170 / 3 85 68 28 und (0)202 / 5 14 17 60