Farm Museums in Southern Germany and Austria

Throughout Germany and Austria are many open-air museums displaying typical old farms and local buildings, excellently restored for public viewing.  

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 The most famous building in the Black Forest is probably the Vogtsbauernhof - a centuries old farm that is the centerpiece of the Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum near the village of Gutach. The Vogtsbauernhof is the only farmhouse at the museum that was not moved from another location. There are many other buildings to include mills, a bakehouse, a distillery, a chapel and blacksmith shops. Several folklore and lifestyle exhibits and at various times you can view demonstrations of all the old crafts. Seldom do I visit the Schwarzwald without a walkthru of this wonderful old Frelichtmuseum. 


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This Open-air Museum is located in the old town of Bad Windsheim which is about 24 km northeast of Rothenburg o.d.T. The Fränkisches Freilandmuseum has 60 plus original buildings representing the rural past of Franconia and is one of the largest of its type in southern Germany. Lots of farms, houses, handicraft and workshops, and mills throughout the property. We visited in June 1999 and one of my 10 yr old daughter's favorite memories was seeing a shepherd near the front gate with his flock of sheep. A worthwhile half-day trip (or less) if you are staying in or near Rothenburg for a few days.


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The open-air museum at Glentleiten is located between Murnau and the Kochelsee, approximately 20 km northeast of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Situated in an area with pasturelands, woods and gardens, there are many old farmhouses, mills, workshops and original buildings representing the rural Upper Bavaria area. An excellent daytrip from Garmisch or Füssen or a nice lunchstop when traveling to or from Munich or the Berchtesgaden area.

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This beautiful museum is located in Großgmain, 10 kilometres southwest of the city of Salzburg. It is spread out over a large area and represents rural Salzburg from the 16th to 20th centuries. An excellent museum with over 50 original farm buildings from the province of Salzburg, many dating back over 500 years. This large exhibition of old buildings also includes mills, chapels, cottages, a village school and lots of gardens. While there in September 2000 we observed several handicraft demonstrations to include an outdoor glass blowing operation. Like most museums of this type the houses and farms were moved from their original locations and rebuilt and furnished with authentic pieces.


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A Ben's Bauernhof reader - Erika (ErikaBart) highly recommends her favorite open-air museum in Germany - the Niederbayerisches Freilichtmuseum in Massing. This museum, when it was established in 1969, was one of the first of it's kind in Bavaria. Lots of old buildings, craft demonstrations, etc - illustrating how the farming population of Lower Bavaria used to live and build their dwellings. The village of Massing is also the birthplace of Berta Hummel and home to the Berta-Hummel-Museum. Massing is located approximately 47 km southeast of Landshut and on a line drawn between Regensburg and Salzburg - Massing would be about halfway.


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