Travel Reports of a Pioneer

Johann Conrad Fischer as eyewitness to the Industrial Revolution

Exhibition on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Johann Conrad Fischer (1773-1854)

June 9 2023 – September 30 2023
Iron Library and Klostergut Paradies
Every Tuesday, 1pm – 6pm – free and open viewing of the exhibition (Closed for the Swiss National Day on Tuesday August 1, 2023)


Opening times
Every Tuesday, 1pm – 6pm (except August 1)
Free and open viewing of the exhibition

Public Tours on Tuesday
Every Tuesday, 2pm
Meeting point: Iron Library

The Iron Library team will guide you through the exhibition.
Duration: 45 minutes, free of charge, without registration

Tours for groups
Tours for groups of up to 20 people are gladly offered from Monday to Friday upon prior booking.
Cost: CHF 150 per tour.
Enquiries to:

Open Day in Paradise
The teams of the Iron Library and Klostergut invite you to a day full of lasting impressions.
Sunday, June 11, 2023, 11am – 6pm

Digital Edition of the Travel Journals of Johann Conrad Fischer 1794–1851
Travel with Fischer through 19th century industrial Europe.

On the trail of Johann Conrad Fischer in England
June 12 to 22, 2023
We will trace key stages and highlights from Fischer's travel journals and report on what has changed since his time. Follow the journey live on social media:

Instagram/Twitter: @250jcf

Expert Tours

Embark on a thematic tour of the exhibition with experts.
Duration: 60 minutes.
The number of participants is limited to 20.
The guided tours are free of charge.
 All tours will be given in German.
Register at:

Tuesday, June 27, 6pm
Franziska Eggimann
Managing Director of the Iron Library and GF Corporate Archives
"Tausend Herrlichkeiten": Johann Conrad Fischer erlebt die erste Weltausstellung 1851 in London

Tuesday, July 4, 6pm
Nina Schläfli
Historian, Kreuzlingen
Unternehmer unterwegs: Technologietransfer, internationaler Austausch und Netzwerke zu Johann Conrad Fischers Zeiten

Tuesday, August 29, 6pm
Valerija Rukavina and Nicolau Lutz
Research assistants at the Iron Library
Von Handwerkern, Mechanikern und Ingenieuren: Start-ups der Industriellen Revolution

Tuesday, September 5, 6pm
Peter Niederhäuser
Historian, Winterthur
Das Kind einer Umbruchzeit: Johann Conrad Fischer

Tuesday, September 19, 6pm
Christopher Zoller-Blundell
Academic librarian at the Iron Library
"Reisen in technologischer Hinsicht": Technik und Industrie in Fischers Büchern