The famous entrepreneur Adolf Guyer-Zeller worked and lived in the modest village of Neuthal. Today, 200 years later, this pearl of the past offers a fascinating all-round experience from hydroelectric power to weaving.
Textile industrialist and railway pioneer in the village of Neuthal
After Adolf Guyer-Zeller trained in various textile and machine factories around the world, he took over his father's cotton spinning mill in Neuthal in 1863. In addition to extensions to the factory building, he built a proud villa with a magnificent front garden, which you can still find today. Adolf Guyer-Zeller was also the founder of the Uerikon-Bauma railway, on whose tracks the steam train
from Hinwil to Bauma still runs today. Guyer-Zeller had cotton from faraway countries delivered, which the spinning mill workers processed into yarn. To make it easier for his workers to reach the spinning mill, Guyer-Zeller had tracks laid out for them, which are now still used as hiking trails
. Today, only thanks to the tireless efforts of over 80 volunteers is it possible to keep the hydroelectric plant and the complex textile machines running. "We are fascinated by these engineering achievements and we would like to cultivate them and pass them on to other people", explains Reinhard Furrer, President of the Neuthal Textile and Industrial Culture Association.
Between spindles and looms
On running machines, you can see how cotton is turned into yarn and a piece of fabric is made from a thread. The museum is divided into four theme worlds: Water power and labour, spinning, weaving, and embroidery. A guided tour with the experts is highly recommended. They are very familiar with the historical background and the facilities and can tell you fascinating stories of the past.
Open doors and guided tours
The museum is open every 1st and 3rd Sunday of a month from May to October from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum spinning mill is additionally open on every Tuesday following these open Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This usually coincides with the operation of the steam train
from Hinwil to Bauma.
Special opening hours in the late summer of 2020
Museum operation from August 16 to October 18, every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The general protective measures concerning Covid-19 apply.
Groups and schools
Guided tours for groups can also be booked outside the usual opening hours.