Munich – It is a long-forgotten piece of city history, found by the teacher of Alexander Rotter (52): Munich’s first electricity plant in the middle of the urban Riemerschmid – and the Friedrich-List Economics school in the vicinity of the Viktualienmarkt market. At the beginning of curiosity: English and history teacher Rotter found in the basement of his house in the old town, a sign that here is a city of Bach has to be paid for it. “I researched and found out that it was the Katzenbach,” he said.

Alexander Rotter published a book about research, Konrad-Verlag

Rotter followed the course of the stream bed and stumbled in the backyard of the business school on the West Ried road to a building, the more it is likely to be: Munich is the first E-factory, built in 1891. “In all sources that it has been demolished, but that’s not true…” Rotter in the School cafeteria. “Here are the flywheels rotated in the past,” he says. “And next door, in the kitchen, generators, and control panel”. It is hard to imagine, to Rotter opens into a storage chamber, a floor hatch and into the catacombs descends. Up at chest height, the walls are painted dark – so high the water once stood. In the bottom two holes gape. Here are the turbines, through which the water flowed down turned.

+ Alexander Rotter summarized his research in a book. © Sleep

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“here We are in a historic place, where the electrification of Munich began,” says Rotter, who has brought out the result of his research now as a book. The impetus for the electrification of the water line from the Mangfalltal, which was opened in 1883. She made 13 sources of Munich’s water supply is obsolete – and with them the Brunn houses. There pumps ground water had funded. A fountain house was on Katzenbach to today’s West Ried street. The enterprising Oskar von Miller won the magistrate for the idea to replace the Brunn houses by water power plants. So like that here in the West Ried street. Because of the large power plants followed, was laid in the work, with its modest 75 PS of power as early as 1913, still…

Alexander Rotter: “water and electricity for Munich”, Konrad-Verlag, 144 pages, $ 34.95