Field Excursion to the German Natural Oil Museum

Programme Field Excursion

  • 9.00 Meeting in front of MARUM
  • 10:30 Guided hiking tour to former oil production area
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Guided through the Museum installations
  • 15:00 Departure to arrive back to MARUM around 17:00
The „Museum“ is mainly outdoors, on the site of a former oil field. It offers a unique hands-on perspective and information on:
  • Exploration
  • Drilling and production technology
  • History


  • The Wietzer Oil Field is one of the oldest in the world. As all early oil field, it was discovered because of natural seepage.
  • Industrial production started in 1858/59 on the basis of one of the first productive oil wells ever drilled (Hunäus-Bohrung).
  • The production in the Wietze oil field (but not in other oil field in northern Germany) ended in 1963.
  • The installations were donated by DEA/Texaco to the local authorities.

Drilling and production technology

  • The North German Basin and the Alpine foreland basins
  • At present: 2,6 million tonnes of oil/year
  • < 3% of domestic demand

Hydrocarbon production in Germany