We had seen a sign saying "doll museum" near Hagnau, but still took a long time and some wrong turns to find it. It's in the cellar of a normal family home, entrance is through the garden and we had to ring the bell. We weren't even sure if we had come to the right place.
But as soon we were inside the house, we saw dolls everywhere and posters of dolls. This is a family who has been collecting dolls and doll houses for years and has turned their collection into a small museum. Each year they choose a different theme, as there simply is not enough space for all their items. This year it was doll houses, last year it had been kitchens.
What a change from the other, bigger museum( Tourist trap tip)!
In this small museum everything was explained, the doll houses on display were well lit, some even had mirrors in the back so that we could see how the dolls looked from behind. There were notes which told us everything about the time period, the manufactures, special items in the houses. Little arrows pointed towards small details which you may have overlooked otherwise. For the first time I saw a telephone in a dolls house, next to a typewriter! This was the gentleman's office in one of the old Edwardian doll houses.
The music room in another one had lots of tiny music instruments.
The owner was there as well, ready to answer any question. As soon as she recognized my mother as another collector, they had a very lively (and long) discussion.
The address is:
Das kleine Museum
Puppen, Puppenstuben und Spielzeug
Hard to find, it's in a residential area, close to the church.
Entrance fee is 3 Euro.
While a lot of people stick to the bigger, more popular towns, take a trip to Langenargen - which has a nice - and not so crowded beach and downtown area....