The Finsterau open air museum in the Bavarian Forest is a great experience any time of the year. Rural farming, living and economics are documented down to the finest detail in the buildings here – musician’s meetings, presentations of local customs, cookery courses and church anniversaries are particularly popular.
Refreshments are available in the form of hearty local dishes and crullers in the cosy museum restaurant ‘Ehrn’. The natural treasures from the Bavarian Forest are available from the integrated ‘Kräuterey’. Farmhouses, complete farmyards, a village blacksmith’s shop and a roadside tavern from all over the Bavarian Forest are collected in the Finsterau museum village in Bavaria. An accessible piece of past reality unfolds in the open air.
The farmers were reliant on the village blacksmith for everything to do with iron, for which reason he usually enjoyed a particularly high standing. He manufactured the fittings for wagons, ploughs and harrows, he forged window and door fittings and made oven doors, chains and simple locks. And he was responsible for shoeing the horses and trek oxen, including hoof and claw care. The smithy in the museum village in Finsterau originates from Grattersdorf in the district of Deggendorf.
Here you can get to know the historical building designs of the Bavarian Forest from the period from 1580 to 1850.
With an area of 20 hectares and more than 150 buildings, it is one of the largest open air museums in Europe.
At the same time it also accommodates the largest folkloristic collection in the Bavarian Forest with over 60,000 objects. In addition, the museum in the Bavarian Forest is on the list of ‘valuable national cultural treasures’.
The complex farms of the gentleman farmers are represented here as are the simple dwellings of the small farmers, day labourers and farmhands. Mills and workshops of numerous handicrafts, village and wayside chapels as well as Germany’s oldest primary school complete the various village ensembles that are typical of the region.
Buildings in the Bavarian Forest museum village come from all over the Bavarian Forest. From the Danube plain to the Bohemian Forest and from the Wegscheider Land on the Austrian border to the upper Bavarian Forest near Cham, the ancient treasures have travelled many a mile and now stand together in the Tittling museum village in Bavaria.