The museum for teapots is unlike any other museum I've been to. There are dolls and teddy bears, a lifesize model of a Mercedes Benz car built entirely from matchsticks - can you imagine how long this must have taken! - and about 2500 teapots. I had had no idea of the individuality of teapots before I visited this museum.
It used to be a factory and when this was closed, the 85 year-old owner decided to turn the large building into a museum. Many different things are on display. On the ground floor there are paintings, a museum shop and the Mercedes , also a tower made out of books and you can put your head in and look up.
On the first floor is what I liked best, the dolls and the teddy bears. The poor teddies are in prison, some in overcrowded cells, others are allowed to leave their cells occasionally. There are mug shots on the walls, asking visitors if they have seen "this bear".One of them is called dangerous, since he escaped form his seat on a comfortable sofa and has been on the run for two weeks now.
However, the bears are not forgotten!
Opposite of the prison the dolls have organised a protest demonstration, holding up banners saying" Freedom for the teddies!" The dolls also refuse to be cuddled all the time by humans, saying "Cuddle yourselves, not us!".
Another staircase up and we came to a large room dedicated to teapots. Birdsong can be heard (a CD), a lady is sitting there drinking a cup of tea and a museum guard is watching the visitors. Both are way figures, but when you first enter they look very real.
There are masses of teapots! I had had no idea they could come in so many shapes and colours. There is one looking like Shakespeare, another one is a group of teddy bears having a picnic, some are shaped like animals - would you like pouring your tea out of a frog? Some pots are really big, others are tiny, but they're all very special. The only teapot I didn't see was a plain, white porcellan one.
This abbey is the most ornamented and decorated Protestant church I've ever seen. Usually it's the Catholic churches which are full of golden ornaments and paintings. It was built in 18th century and is decorated very elaborately.No photography is allowed, so I have no pictures of the inside.
The church is famous for its organ and we were able to attend a concert there. It was wonderful, the accustics are great. The second time I was there, I was lucky, an opera singer was rehearsing for a concert later that night, so we got to listen again, without going to the actual concert.
There is an entrance fee of 4 Euro and the church is closed on Mondays. On the way to the entrance you pass old tombstones and the paintings of the Dukes of Leiningen, making it clear that this is private property now.