Black Forest Open Air Museum

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Black Forest Open Air Museum
Gutach, Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, Vogtsbauernhof, Ansicht von Südosten.jpg
Vogtsbauernhof (view from the southeast)
LocationBlack Forest, Germany
TypeOpen-air museums, Local museum
Visitors220,000 (opened 7 months a year)[1]
The Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse from 1612

The Black Forest Open Air Museum (German: Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof) is an open-air museum located between Hausach and Gutach in the Black Forest (Germany).[2]

The museum is centred on the Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse dating from 1612, which was built on this site.[3] Other buildings from the Black Forest have been dismantled, transported to the museum and reassembled. The museum has attracted over 16 million visitors since its opening in 1964.[4]


There are six fully furnished farmhouses:

  • Vogtsbauernhof – built on the site, elevation 260 m, in 1612. Inside is an exhibition of typical work carried out by travelling craftsmen.
  • Hotzenwaldhaus – from Hotzenwald, elevation 920 m. Built in 1756. Exhibition of Black Forest textile handicraft.
  • Falkenhof – from Dreisamtal, elevation 530 m. Built in 1737. Exhibitions are on dairy and livestock farming in the Black Forest and a comparison of historical and modern light sources.
  • Schauinslandhaus – from Schauinsland, elevation 1,100 m. Built in 1730. Exhibition of woodworking craft.
  • Hippenseppenhof – from Furtwangen-Katzensteig, elevation 920 m. Built in 1599. Exhibitions on clocks and traditional costumes of the Black Forest.
  • Lorenzenhof – from Oberwolfach in the Kinzig valley, 350 m. Built in 1608. Exhibitions of forestry management and glassblowing and a collection of regional stone and minerals.[5]

Other buildings include a day labourer's cottage (1819) and outbuildings including a mill (1609), a sawmill (1673), barns, stalls, a chapel (1736), a storehouse (1601–1746) and a granny house (Leibgedinghaus,1652).

Around the buildings are farm animals and a herb garden with over 130 medicinal herbs. Demonstrations of exhibitions illustrate the crafts, tools, customs, traditions, work and lifestyle of former times.[6]


The museum opened in 1964, founded as the first open-air museum in Baden-Württemberg. Key events in the museum's history are:

  • 1963 Foundation of the museum and beginning of restoration of Vogtsbauernhof farmstead
  • 1964 Opening of Vogtsbauernhof farmstead and its outbuildings
  • 1966 Opening of Hippenseppenhof farmstead and its outbuildings
  • 1972 Opening of Lorenzenhof farmstead
  • 1980 Opening of Hotzenwald farmstead
  • 1982 Opening of Schauinsland farmstead
  • 1996 Museum is transferred into an enterprise
  • 1999 Opening of Falkenhof farmstead
  • 2002 Opening of Day labourer's Cottage "Wirtstonis"
  • 2006 Opening of the new Reception building
  • 2010 Opening of the new Adventure playground
  • 2014 Opening of the Gutach Freilichtmuseum railway station[7]


The museum is open daily from the end of March until early November. It claims to be the most visited open-air museum in Germany and one of the most visited throughout Europe, with more than 250,000 visitors a year. Since its opening, the museum has attracted over 13.5 million visitors.[7]

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum in the Black Forest, Germany". Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  3. ^ "Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof - Vogtsbauernhof". Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof Gutach. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  4. ^ "Open Air Museum - Facts about us". Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof Gutach. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  5. ^ "Lorenzenhof". Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ Official information leaflet
  7. ^ a b Museum profile on official website
  8. ^ "Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof - Vogtsbauernhof". Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof Gutach. Retrieved 2020-11-29.

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Coordinates: 48°16′17″N 8°11′53″E / 48.27139°N 8.19806°E / 48.27139; 8.19806