Tips for kids
The Black Forest Open Air Museum has lots of surprises for you!
On this page, you’ll find tips for your museum visit. Make a bird whistle or a water wheel in the museum's workshop. Lie down in a bed with a real straw mattress and see how dark it was in the past when they used candlelight in the Falkenhof farmstead.
Let’s go! Read on and find out all there is to discover.
At our new adventure playground, you’ll find lots of different things. It's built to copy the Black Forest landscape and has rocks to climb on, driftwood, rafts, a rope bridge, a millstone and a watercourse - you'd better come and test it for yourselves!
Something for everyone
In our "Childhood Attic" at the Hotzenwald farmstead, there's a lot to discover! It's full of toys from past times!
The play barn
For the start of the 2015 season, the threshing floor of the Falkenhof barn has been transformed into a play barn for children. The Vogtsbauernhof craftsmen have thought up and created all sorts of exciting games made of wood. For example, there is a pinball machine, a bowling alley and a marbles labyrinth for you to come and try out any time you like. You will also find unusual-looking farming equipment up against the walls of the threshing floor for you to puzzle about. And while you are having fun in the play barn, your parents can have a little rest on one of the seats nearby.
The forest labyrinth at Lorenzenhof issomething for little explorers. You have to find your own way through the seeminglyimpenetrable forest. There are stacks of wood to climb on, tree trunks to clamberover and whole rows of trees to get around. And just like in a real forest, asyou beat your way through our forest labyrinth, you will encounter all sorts ofwild and mysterious forest animals and mystical creatures, not to mention the secrethiding places you will discover!
Crafts and handicrafts
At the Hotzenwald farmstead, you’ll find a workshop with a craftsman. His name is Mr Lehmann and he’ll help you make a cuckoo whistle. Or a water wheel or a stable lantern or a hardwood basket…
The right place for animal lovers
There are lots of animals on the grounds of our museum and they are happy for you to visit them! There are cows and calves, pigs and piglets, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, bunnies, chickens and geese. Sometimes you can even hear the whistle of a cuckoo... There aren't any real cuckoos in the museum, but lots of cuckoo clocks and cuckoo whistles which you can make yourself in the workshop inside the Hotzenwald farmstead. Since the year 2010, we also have two real "Black Forest Foxes" - these are actually horses which originated in the Black Forest. Because of their reddish coat they're called "foxes".
Ringing the cow bells
All of you who love to tune into special sounds will have a great time in our Open Air Museum. Right by the entrance of our museum, you find a farm called Hippenseppenhof. Go into the old cow stable and ring the cowbells as loud as you like.
Turn on the lights!
Get lots of information on the first floor of the Falkenhof farmstead. How much light did an oil lamp give out? What about candlelight?
Need a lie-down?
Come out of the room where you can test lights and enter the bedrooms through a kind of balcony. In one of them, you'll find an old bed which is filled with straw as beds used to be in the old days. Lie down and give it a try!
Test your memory
In the same bedroom, you can find out how well you remember pictures.This room has a big memo board with pictures of children from the past and you can see if you have a good memory and pair them up.