If you want to see how Germans lived in the 1950s, check out the 1950s museum. It takes you on a journey back to the days when tables were in the form of kidneys.
The first room features several furnishings from the 1950s, like a combination of a record player, a radio and a bar. There is also a 1950s moped, old stamps and money (check out how the early post-war German bills looked like the American dollars) and a small exhibit about some 1950s daily issues (only in German).
The next room is furnished like a living room of those days, complete with Ma's knitting basket and a stand for schnaps glasses and nibbly things. You are allowed to open all doors and drawers and you should do so because the cupboards are filled with all kinds of interesting items. That's a great thing about this museum - they took care that it looks like a place where people really live, complete with full cupboards and little items that take away the sterile museum quality.
If you go further you enter a room that is dedicated to Germany's 1950s teenie star, Cornelia Froboess, with lots of photos, book and record covers. It also features a teenager room of those times.
After that room there is a milk bar where you can actually order drinks. It is of course also furnished in the 1950s style, with colorful chairs and decorations.
One of the other rooms features the original teenage room of Cornelia Froboess, giving you an impression how a well-off family would have furnished their daughter's room. My favorite place was the 1950s kitchen,
which had a rich assortment of furniture and kitchen. Most of them would not have been found in an ordinary family's kitchen, but still give a great impression of what was considered "high tech" in the 1950s.
A tiny little bathroom with a sitting bath gives another interesting glimpse into the 1950s life as well as the several showcases in the rooms. It's a definite treat, very nicely done and very informative and entertaining!
Buedingen itself is like a big open-air museum. You enter the old town through a large massive gate - Jerusalemer Tor (built in 1503) and then you find yourself in surroundings that look as if you have just made a time travel into the past. Half-timbered houses dominate, but there are also some buildings with elaborate stone carvings and of course the castle with a lovely park and impressive buildings. It is still inhabited as of today, the Ysenburg family has been living here for 800 years now. Some rooms can be visited with a tour. The market square is surrounded by delightful old buildings and all through the town you see houses that are several hundred years old, fabulously renovated. Some small shops and cozy cafes round off the picture. The town center is relatively small and you can do a nice walk through the streets in maybe an hour. Then, walk through the greens around the castle to enjoy the quiet and peace there and see the massive town walls.
I've seen many Christmas markets in the past years and always enjoy them a lot. The one in Buedingen is actually one of the nicest I have ever seen. Buedingen itself with its delightful old houses and the castle gives a perfect nostalgic background to the little Christmas market stalls. The market is big enough to spend a nice time there, but not so large that it overpowers you. The stalls are much nicer than in the large cities as the concentrate on the more traditional things and don't have any of the kitschy useless clutter you find in many of the large christmas markets. You can buy so many fabulous things here, both for yourself and as Christmas presents: home-made marmelades and honeys, meat and sausages, all kinds of bread, paintings, crafts, knitwear, sweets, schnaps and sweet liquors......Most of the things are made in the area which gives a really nice ambience to the whole market. The Christmas market is great for enjoying the pre-Christmas season and also to get some Christmas shopping done. It's only on one weekend in December, but it's a real treat.
What to buy: Regional food items, knitwear, arts and crafts, toys, alcoholic beverages, cards and much much more.
What to pay: The prices are relatively moderate. We got the home-made marmelades for 1 Euros to 2 Euros (depending on the size of the glass). Generally, we were pleasantly surprised by the prices.