Towards the end of the 19th century carbon was extracted for the production of black colorant. The Rußhütte Enzlösterle is a rarity. According to current knowledge there is no similar well-preserved hut in Germany, which produces carbon. And according to this fact the hut has been classified as a cultural monument.
Burning lampblack was usually an additional profession, but someone, who lived an economical life, could even live from this trade. In 1800 K.F.V. Jägerschmid from the Murg-valley reports that one charcoal burning produced 44 metric centner in 110 fires. The average price per metric centner was 25 Gulden, which means an income of 1100 Gulden. The worker had to pay 736 Gulden for fuel, equipment, assistants, fees and interest. Therefore the annual income was 364 Gulden. An assistant only earned three Gulden a week, which means an annual income of 156 Gulden.
Cultural Monument Rußhütte
Further Information you can get at the Tourist-Information Enzklösterle. Please feel free to order our brochure of the Rußhütte with more facts and its history.
How to get there:
By bus: bus no. 7780 from Bad Wildbad / Freudenstadt, bus stop Köhlerweg
By car: follow the main road (Freudenstädter Straße) and turn into Köhlerweg. At the end of Köhlerweg you will find the Rußhütte to your left
Navigation: 75337 Enzklösterle, Köhlerweg
Prices, Opening Time
Open from March till November; daily from 9 – 17 o’clock (when doors open, lights come on automatically).