How did the farmers once live in Franconia?

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Farming village in the open air museum Bad Windsheim

Rural idyll in the open-air museum Bad Windsheim

Rural idyll, as it once looked in Franconia. This is what the open-air museum shows Bad Windsheim. On the outskirts of the Franconian health resort not far from Rothenburg od Tauber is the Farmers' Museum with its historic farms Franken. There is something museum-like about the farms presented here Bavaria but not on. Rather the opposite. Anyone who comes here wanders from village to village and sees farm life in Franconia. You will learn how the lives of farmers in Franconia have changed over the centuries. The Bad Windsheim open-air museum shows rural life in Franconia from times gone by. It is an open-air museum in Bavaria that is worth a visit.


Inn in the open air museum Bad Windsheim
Inn in the outdoor museum Bad Windsheim



Geese in the open air museum Bad Windsheim
Historic farms in the Bad Windsheim open-air museum


The Bad Windsheim Open Air Museum: A window into the past

A flock of geese chatter and waddle through the medieval village in search of food. Dozens of birds cavort around the dovecote. They take a break on the roof ridge of the farm. Then they try to get into the home that was built for them. In the farmhouse we are hit by a rush of country air in the midday heat. A closer look also shows that people and animals lived closer together in those times. Things are different on today’s farms. Here the cattle stable is attached to the farm. We have access from the living area to the stable, so that the smells and noises from the stable area penetrate into the living areas unhindered.


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Bad Windsheim open-air museum history

In the Middle Ages, the life of farmers in Franconia was different than it was during the Thirty Years' War. However, there are also differences in the shapes of the farms in Franconia. During a stroll through the museum grounds, the visitor goes through the times of farming life as well as through the regions of Franconia. The farmhouses he sees along the way come from all regions. They were dismantled into their components and then rebuilt true to the original in the museum village. New buildings are constantly being added. On the way we keep coming across buildings that are currently being renovated.

Fields and orchards

However, since the life of the farmers does not only take place on the farm, but also in the fields, not only buildings are reconstructed in the open air museum Bad Windsheim. Instead, it shows what the everyday life of the farmers looked like. What her job was. So we hike past meadows where the Heumanderl stand. They are waiting to be picked up by their owners. In between we pass orchards with apple trees. Their apples are already turning red and are tempting to pick.


Practical for your visit to the open air museum Bad Windsheim

  • hiking boots you need when visiting this museum. The paths are easy, but long.
  • We recommend one backpack take with you drinks, snack, a lunch box, a jacket and odds and ends. Then you can have a picnic in the orchard meadows.
  • With our hiking checklist you can check whether you have packed everything you need.


The farm is actively operated
The farm is actively operated


Experience farm life in Franconia in the open-air museum

We watch a farmer cleaning his carp pond. Another tends his vegetable garden. A third harnesses his horses to take them to the field. We watch the women farmers collect herbs to dry. There is always something new to discover. Finally, after our walk in the village wine tavern, we take a break with a currant juice spritzer. The tap of the tavern on the beer garden table behind us crows at full speed. His hens that romp around under our table are hardly impressed by it.


Typical - half-timbered houses
Typical - half-timbered houses


Worth knowing about the open-air museum Bad Windsheim

The Fränkische Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim is located on the Eisweiherweg 1, 91438 Bad Windsheim, Tel. 09841 66800. It is a destination for a weekend trip. Take time for the visit. It's worth it if you do not just want to look at the buildings from the outside. On the way there is a wine tavern, a beer garden in which Beer from Bad Windsheim served, and a restaurant (the latter two at the entrance to the museum grounds). There we have Franconian specialties enjoyed.

Questions and answers about the Bad Windsheim open-air museum

What does the Bad Windsheim Open Air Museum offer?

The open-air museum shows rural life in Franconia from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Here you can visit historical buildings and experience traditional craftsmanship.

What special events are there at the museum?

The museum regularly organizes festivals and markets where you can discover regional crafts and specialties. The historic harvest festivals and craft markets are particularly popular.

Are there any offers for children?

Yes, there are many child-friendly activities. Children can take part in workshops, try out historical games and explore the museum on their own.

How much time should you plan for the visit?

Plan at least half a day to take in the many buildings and exhibitions. A whole day is ideal if you also want to take part in a guided tour.

Are there catering options in the museum?

Yes, there are several inns and snack stands on the museum grounds that offer regional specialties. So you can round off your trip with a delicious meal.

Open-air museum Bad Windsheim experience reports

Have you already been to the Bad Windsheim Open Air Museum? Then we are curious about your experiences. Tell us about your experiences in a comment and give tips for other visitors.



Franconian open-air museum
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91438 Bad Windsheim
Telephone: 09841 / 6680-0
Fax: 09841 / 6680-99
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How did the farmers once live in Franconia?

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

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