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Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen
World Cultural Heritage on Lake Constance

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Experience World Heritage Lake Dwellings in Unteruhldingen

The Lake Dwelling Museum is located in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen directly on Lake Constance. The archaeological museum, opened in 1922, shows reconstructions of pile dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages. New is the multimedia show "ARCHAEORAMA": Immerse yourself and see what the World Heritage Site "Lake Dwellings" looks like underwater. The special exhibition "The Heritage of the Lake Dwellers" presents more than 1,000 original finds from the sites at Lake Constance.

Our Stone Age course is open for you to take part in during the holiday seasons. The museum is equipped for the disabled. The Lake Dwelling Museum was honoured by the Tourism Association of Baden-Württemberg as a family-friendly leisure facility and won the Museum Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 2018.

Sufficient bicycle parking and lockers are available. Dogs are allowed in the museum. The free lido with children's playground is located directly next to the museum.

The Lake Dwelling Museum

The Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen is one of the largest open-air museums in Europe and attracts almost 300,000 visitors annually. A scientific research institute is affiliated to the museum. The pile-dwelling field "Unteruhldingen-Seewiesen", which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, lies 500 m south of the pile-dwelling museum. For almost 100 years the museum has been extended several times and comprises 23 reconstructed lake dwellings and two museum buildings.

Stone Age pile dwellings and villages

In 1922 the first two Stone Age houses "Riedschachen" were built on the banks. This was followed by the six pile houses "Sipplingen" (3500 BC), which are surrounded by a palisade. They were built between 1938 and 1940.

Built in 1996 as a research project, the Hornstaad House is designed to test the strength and durability of a house built of wood, grass and clay. As part of the research project, the house was subsequently occupied by an employee.

The SWR Stone Age Village is a prominent example of this, which was used for the television series "Stone Age - The Experiment. Life as it was 5000 years ago", was built from 3 houses. In the summer 2006 13 persons led the life of a Steinzeitsippe for two months.

The Bronze Age village on Lake Constance

The village from the Bronze Age "Unteruhldingen-Stollenwiesen" was built between 1999 and 2002 from five buildings as part of a European project. The model for this village was an approximately 3,000 year old Bronze Age village that existed before Unteruhldingen and originally consisted of 80 houses. On an area of 400 m² you will see 27 figures with their prehistoric equipment, which give insights into the areas of living, crafts, cult and religion as well as environment and animals


UNESCO declared the "Prehistoric Lake Dwellings around the Alps" a World Heritage Site in 2011, including the Unteruhldingen-Stollenwiesen Lake Dwelling Field 300 metres south of the museum. The Lake Constance settlements are an endangered archive of mankind. The pile dwellings are the only world heritage site that has sunk and cannot be viewed. For this reason, the ARCHAEORAMA was opened in the Lake Dwelling Museum in 2013. Here you will experience a special dive with multimedia support at the beginning of your visit to the museum.

The pile dwellings

Behind the ARCHAORAMA the big door opens and you are expected by a guide. On wooden footbridges over Lake Constance you reach the lake dwellings. Over the waves of Lake Constance you will experience how people lived back then and which equipment was already known. "In the "House of Questions", comprehensible texts and illustrations with our staff provide answers to open questions.

The Stone Age Course

The Stone Age Parcours is open during the holiday season. Try it out expressly desired! Our course invites the whole family to join in. No matter if you are looking for giant stone drills, carts with wooden wheels, a barefoot path or a wooden road you can build yourself, here everyone will find his task. In the excavation box children playfully learn how archaeologists excavate, draw and document. Employees illustrate fascinating techniques such as making fire with tinder and pyrite - an exciting experience not only for children. Sufficient seating is available.

As part of the continuation of the European Cultural Year "Sharing Heritage", major events will take place over seven weeks in 2019. Specialists from various countries come to Uhldingen to demonstrate prehistoric craftsmanship.

At numerous special programmes such as the "ARCHAE-X" days, historical groups of performers await visitors to take them with them on demonstrations into the unknown world of that time.

This destination is a member of the Verband der Tourismuswirtschaft Bodensee.
"The best of Lake Constance"

Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen
Strandpromenade 6
88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen
Tel. +49 (0) 7556 928 90-0

The opening hours of the Lake Dwelling Museum, the Archaeoramas and the Stone Age Parcours are as follows here.  
Adults € 10,00
Students and School children 16-18 years with Student ID € 8,00
Children 5 - 15 years € 6,00
Children up to 5 years accompanied by parents free of charge
Guests with disabilities (with proof) € 9,00
Adults with Kurkarte Uhldingen-Mühlhofen (with proof) € 9,50
The prices for families and groups you will find here.