Bauernhaus Museum Wolfegg
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A journey through history
The Wolfegg Farmhouse Museum is located between the picturesque town of Ravensburg and Lake Constance. Here you can embark on a journey through history on a tour of the museum: On an area of 10 hectares the visitor marvels at 15 ancient buildings, all of which - with one exception - originally stood in other places in Swabia and were rebuilt in Wolfegg. The aim of the farmhouse museum is to bring the history and customs of the rural population from the past 300 years to life.
What can you discover?
Visitors to the Wolfegg Farmhouse Museum are best off on the signposted circular trail in search of clues. Surrounded by old buildings, handicraft tools and machines, one immerses oneself in the former daily routine of craftsmen, farmers, maidservants and farmhands.
Picturesquely nestled in gentle hilly countryside, you can see, for example, the Fischerhaus, which was built here in 1788 and is considered the nucleus of the open-air museum. In Haus Füssinger, on the other hand, the visitor experiences that under one roof there was first a cider factory, then a wine distillery and finally a pigsty with residential units.
And what about the living conditions of former people? In the Adrinet house, for example, the inhabitants originally lived from flax production for the local weaving mill. When this branch went down, they switched to dairy farming and kept cows to survive. Visitors will also be fascinated by the oldest building of the open-air museum, the so-called "Zehntscheuer Gessenried". This is where the farmers brought their taxes for the Weisenau monastery from 1430. Nowadays, the imposing, high building serves as an entrance area and room for temporary exhibitions. You can buy nice souvenirs in a museum shop.
As a modern museum that would also like to be attractive for visitors on holiday at Lake Constance, the open-air museum offers numerous possibilities:
There are general guided tours and programmes on special topics, such as "The honey bee and its significance for humans and animals".
During holiday periods, there is something to suit every taste, with changing events: Children work with natural materials or let themselves be captivated by the exciting and moving fates of old stories. In the museum's kitchen you can bake bread or thresh and grind grain in the participatory programmes.
And in changing exhibitions, visitors interested in history can learn essential facts about the "Swabian children" and the emigrants from the Alpine countries who came to Upper Swabia after the Thirty Years' War.
For parties and celebrations you can rent a room in the Zehntscheuer.
The Wolfegg Farmhouse Museum is happy to welcome young and old visitors and offers a family discount! For groups of children there are various projects, such as a wood workshop, felting wool or animals on the farm. Guided tours suitable for children inform about the life and work of the former rural population. In a playful and child-friendly way, the little ones are made familiar with information on nature conservation and history.
For the small hunger occasionally a beautiful grill and picnic place are available. There are festivities and participation actions likewise for adults - for instance for a company or association trip. You can eat and drink in the restaurant of the open-air museum.
On the way to Lake Constance, the Wolfegg Farmhouse Museum can be reached via the B 30 or from Meersburg via the B 33 - a car park is available. Wolfegg is also well connected without a car: Bus lines 31 and 7535 run directly from Ravensburg to the open-air museum. If you're not afraid of a twenty-minute walk, you can also take the train: there are hourly connections from the towns of Bad Waldsee, Weingarten and Ravensburg.
|May - September|
|daily||10:00 am - 06:00 pm|
|March, April, October, November|
|Tuesday - Sunday||10:00 am - 05:00 pm|
|Special opening on Easter Monday|