This Brewery was built in Alsleben, Grabfeld in 1836, and is now here at the Village.
It contains a Brewing room from Rugheim, and is still in working condition. Once a year, Beer is brewed here, and the public can try the brew at the Festival, which is usually held at the same time. There was a part where the Cooper was making the wooden barrel's, probably would see him working on a weekend, but I didn't on a weekday.
In the village, all of the House's were open for you to go in and have a look around. I just walked inside, upstairs if I could, and generally had a good look around. Furniture was sparse, and what was there, was solid.
Outside, I really liked what I saw. Some of the home's were huge, others small, most were half-timbered, but not all.
They all had lovingly cared for Vegetable garden's of the period, nothing like growing your own Vegetable's for the best flavour. Back then, it was necessary to do this.
These house's were from the Grabfeld area.
I have entered the Museum Village and now are walking towards my first compound of building's.
Before I reach them, I notice quite a large Herb Garden.
The garden's here are also grown and tended to in the "old" style, so you won't find modern equipment and tool's being used. The Museum worker's cultivate the field's with old style plough's and agricultural equipment, and use Horse's and Oxen to pull the plough's, etc.
Further on, there were Fruit Tree's around the houses and more Vegetable garden's.
On reading about this Open Air Village/Museum, I decided it was a must see on our tour of Germany.
I went, I saw, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Village, thinking it was one of the best I had seen.
So, I will tell you a bit about it over a few tips, starting of with the important information first.
On arrival by Car at the Franconian Open Air Museum in Bad Windsheim, we found a huge Car park and a Toilet block. The car park has many Tree's, not quite big enough to give a lot of shade yet. From here, it is a short walk to the Entrance of the Park.
I probably walked many, many kilometre's here, because I wanted to see everything, but you don't have to if you can't. There are plenty of building's close by.
I was there on a week-day, so people weren't in old costume's or doing chore's etc, but I do believe on weekends they are.
The Park took me back through 700 years of the everyday live's of people in Franconia. There were 100 authentically furnished houses, and these are spread around the park, often with quite a walk between the [small village's.] - These are grouped in 6 module's, and arranged by region's and topic's.
Farmhouses, barns, mills, breweries, pubs, shepherds and artisans' houses were all open for me to wander through, and to see how different they were to what we have at home.
If you are lucky, or maybe you can plan it, they hold over 100 events annually, including museum festivals, exhibitions, concerts, outdoor theater and readings.
From May to October, daily-changing trades are shown as weaving, wool spinning, basket making, cooperage, wooden shoe making or forging.
Please check the website for opening times, as they vary through out the year, and sometimes it is closed on a Monday.
ADMISSION IN 2011....Adult's ...6euros..Family ticket ..15 euro's
On entry you are given a brochure, and pointed in the right direction to begin the tour of the Village.
The number of historical sites and monuments in and around Bad Windsheim illustrates the traditional and centuries old german culture. Famous for its good wines, its renowned gastronomic kitchen, Bad Windsheim invites you to enjoy every day of your stay.
There is also a great open air museum..N ice to go here!!
Fränkisches Freilandmuseum e.V.
Danziger Ring 62 Telefon und Telefax: 09841 - 42 92
91438 Bad Windsheim
Eisweiherweg 1, Tel: 09841/6 68 00
Täglich außer montags;
Mitte März bis Mitte Oktober von 9-18 Uhr; Einlass bis 17 Uhr
Mitte Oktober bis Anfang November von 10-17 Uhr; Einlass bis 16 Uhr
Anfang November bis 3. Advent von 10-16 Uhr; Einlass bis 15 Uhr
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