Visit museums in the Bavarian Forest

The Wolfstein local history museum in the Bavarian Forest

The very carefully renovated Schramlhaus obtained a remarkable museum treasure and numerous original artefacts from the history of the town of Waldstein and the surrounding area. You can now learn about the life and work of the ‘Waidler’ in the Schramlhaus with its departments of history, rural housing culture, sacral folk art, reverse glass pictures, traditional costumes and peasant clothing, old handicrafts, farming equipment and the special exhibition of miniature models. Immerse yourself in times long gone in the Wolfstein local history museum in the Bavarian Forest.

JAGD LAND FLUSS (HUNT-COUNTRY-RIVER) museum in Freyung, Bavaria

The JAGD LAND FLUSS museum is housed in Schloss Wolfstein in Freyung, Bavaria. Schloss Wolfstein was built around 1200 by the Passau bishop Wolfger von Erla and was a weir system, the seat of administration and the bishop’s hunting lodge. Today it also houses the Wolfstein Gallery, which concentrates on contemporary art from the eastern Bavarian region.

Museums in Passau 

The glass museum

The glass museum in Passau houses a collection of over 30,000 examples of the world-famous ‘Bohemian Glass’. Apart from that, the museum documents the history of glass from 1700 to 1950 (Biedermeier to art nouveau). The glass museum has been awarded the Adalbert Stifter Prize and is included in the list of ‘Valuable national treasures’. Furthermore, you will find the world’s largest collection of cookery books and a ‘Sissi’ room in the museum.

Feste Oberhaus in Passau im Bayerischen Wald Veste Oberhaus

With a floor area of 65,000 square metres, the Vests Oberhaus is one of the largest and mightiest fortresses in Europe. The year 1802 marks an important turning point in the history of the Veste.

Through the secularisation the bishop in Passau also lost his worldly power. After Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had used the Veste first as a border fortress against Austria, it was converted in 1822 into a state prison for political prisoners and a military prison.

Up until 1918 the Veste Oberhaus was known and feared under the nickname ‘Bavarian Bastille’. In 1932 the city of Passau took over the Oberhaus and established its museum. Since 1991 changing special historic exhibitions have been presented along with various permanent exhibitions dealing with the doings and dealings of the city’s history.

Snuff museum in Grafenau 

The snuff museum in the town of Grafenau is located in the former hospital which had been used for the communal care of the poor and sick since the 15th Century. When the building stood empty in 1980, however, extensive renovation work was carried out and finally a museum was established and opened to interested visitors in 1981. In the museum you can learn all there is to know about snuff and you can see a wide range of snuff bottles as well as the largest snuff bottle in the world measuring 69.7 x 45.7 cm and weighing around 32 kg. In addition, special exhibitions take place at regular intervals.

Heimatmuseum in Röhrnbach KaltenbachKaltenbach local history museum in Röhrnbach

The expulsion of the Sudeten Germans from Kaltenbach in the Bohemian Forest is documented in the ‘Kaltenbach Room’ in the municipality of Röhrnbach. Many people from the Bohemian Forest found a new home in Markt Röhrnbach after 1945, but the memories of the Bohemian Forest remained. For that reason, personal mementos and articles testifying to the Bohemian culture were collected here.

There is a personal story behind each object here, and that is precisely the attraction of this collection in the local history museum in Röhrnbach.

Kaltenbach local history museum

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 12 noon
additionally Monday to Thursday 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

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