Originally founded as a museum of Black Forest architecture about 50 years ago, the Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof (German: Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof) in Gutach provides insights into how people lived and worked in the Black Forest.
A tour of the museum leads you through the entire region: Typical houses from the Hotzenwald, the Dreisam valley or Schauinsland, a day labourer's home from Oberprechtal, a "Heidenhaus" from Furtwangen as well as farmhouses from the Gutach and Kinzig valley can be explored. Various outbuildings from all parts of the Black Forest such as mills, sawmills and chapels round off the broad and realistic impression.
Beginning with the 2018 season, the „Schlössle von Effringen“ from Wildberg in the county of Calw represents the Northern Black Forest. The country house, built from sandstone, is over 600 years old and the oldest and first former mansion in an open-air museum in Baden-Württemberg as well as one of the oldest of all buildings in a German open-air museum.
But one who only expects old houses at Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, will be downright astonished: animals of all types can be found in the stables, sheep and goats frolic about in the pastures, in the black kitchens you can still smell a hint of the last fire's smoke. A wide variety of events ensure an exciting museum visit: cooking demonstrations in the black kitchen, daily mill demonstrations, a museum workshop for families and many event highlights take place throughout the season.
During the season, numerous craftsmen show traditional craftsmanship on the museum grounds. In daily rotation, you can watch at least one of them: broom-maker, spinner, weaver, blacksmith, distiller and many more.
The open-air museum offers many activities for families with children. Wherever museum mascot Menne appears, the little museum guests can participate. The big adventure playground and a forest maze invite them to explore while wood games and toys await them in the "Menne-Tenne" at Falkenhof.
Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof has its own train stop in front of the museum entrance. During the opening hours of the museum, the train stop „Gutach Freilichtmuseum“ has hourly train connections via the Ortenau S-Bahn.
The detailed annual program and more information for your visit can be found on the website of the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof: www.vogtsbauernhof.de
Source & photo credits: Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof