History comes to life at the Kiekeberg Freilichtmuseum (lit. 'open-air museum'), where visitors of all ages can experience rural life as it was in northern Germany from 1600 to 1970. Only 30 minutes by car into the countryside south of Hamburg, historic farms, houses and workshops present the life and times of villagers in days of old. Children and teenagers under 18 are especially welcome and are admitted free of charge!
Volunteers regularly re-enact the past as part of the 'Living History' programme, which takes visitors to different time periods of the last century. You can look on as the actors in authentic dress of the time reenact the daily lives of peasants. These volunteers will gladly answer your questions about the past life in the Hamburg area.
Another attraction on the museum grounds is the Agrarium, Germany’s only permanent exhibition on agriculture, which depicts the development of agriculture over the past centuries. Here you can learn about history in a fun way: you can use farm equipment, milk cows and even drive a combine harvester!
Rural post-war Germany
The newest addition to the museum is the Königsberger Straße - Heimat in der jungen Bundesrepublik (lit. 'Königsberg Street - Home in the Young German Federal Republic'). Using the example of a group of buildings, visitors can experience the period from 1945 to 1970 and witness structural, social and technical developments of young post-war Germany.
And if all that time-travelling has made you weary, why not regain your strength with a cup of coffee at Café Koffietied or a traditional North German meal at Stoff Mudders Kroog.
Am Kiekeberg 1, 21224 Rosengarten
+49 40 790176-0
Thu — Fri 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Sat — Sun 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.
The museum is closed on 1 January and 24, 25 and 31 December.
For further information see the website of Hamburg Travel.