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Vogtsbauernhof: Black Forest Open Air Museum

The Black Forest Open Air Museum (Vogtsbauernhof) is a living museum that recreates life in the Black Forest region of Germany.

What You’ll See at the Black Forest Open Air Museum

This outdoor museum allows visitors to explore historic buildings from different eras on a 17-acre farm, giving a perspective on how people lived in this region hundreds of years ago.

Here is some of what you will get to experience:

15 Historic Buildings

The museum is one of the most visited open-air museums in Germany.

What makes this museum so amazing is that guests will get to see several buildings, many of which are fully furnished.

The buildings on this site have been reconstructed from villages throughout the Black Forest.

Visitors can explore each of the buildings at their own pace.

Types of buildings you’ll be able to walk through include:

  • Storehouse
  • Bakery
  • Stillhouse
  • Grain Mill
  • Sawmill
  • Village School
  • Barn
Inside Open Air Museum in Black Forest

The furnished homes are filled with authentic period items. You will get a true understanding of the simplicity of the time.

Black Forest Open Air Museum Farm Animals

Farm Animals

There are many different types of farm animals throughout the open air museum, including cows, chickens, goats, and donkeys.

Families can enjoy them from a distance or close-up, depending on your comfort level!

Basketweaving in Black Forest Museum

Historic Trade Skill Demonstrations

The Black Forest Open Air Museum also offers daily demonstrations of several trades and crafts.

These change out throughout the month, so check the calendar to see what types of demonstrations will be there are the day you’ve chosen to visit.

Guests can watch the blacksmith demonstrate his craft, watch a miller grind corn in his wheel-driven water mill, or watch linens being made.

The details of the blanket were stunning and it was exciting to be able to see her create a piece of art just like it would have been done centuries ago.

Black Forest Museum Garden

Whether you want a fun day out with your family or you’re looking for something new and exciting to do on your next trip through Germany’s scenic Black Forest region, make sure that you stop by Vogtsbauernhof!

2024 Black Forest Open Air Museum Admission

Admission is free with the Black Forest Card, otherwise, ticket prices at the gate are:

Adults, Senior Citizens                                                                                                         € 12
Reduced (Students, trainees, persons doing military/social service,               
severly handicapped)
€ 11
Children and Adolescents (6 – 17 years)€ 6.50
Children up to 5 yearsfree
Family day pass + 1 child (parents with their minor child)€ 28.00
Family day pass + 2 children (parents with their minor children)€ 33.00
Family day pass + 3 children or more (parents with their minor children)€ 39.00
Groups with at least 15 persons (price per person)€ 11.00
School classes with at least 12 students (price per student)€ 5.00

The Black Forest Open Air Museum is open year-round.

  • Summer (April – October): 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Winter (November – March): 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and December 24th plus Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

How to Get to the Black Forest Open Air Museum

The Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof has its own stop.

It literally takes you right to the front entrance.

The Ortenau S-Bahn train stops at Gutach Freilichtmuseum once every hour during museum hours and during the Christmas market.

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