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 1950. Only 30-minute 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 reenact the past as part of the Gelebte Geschichte (lit. 'lived history') programme, which transports visitors back to to the early 19th 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 pre-industrial life in the Hamburg area.
The newest attraction is the Agrarium, Germany’s only permanent exhibition on agriculture, which provides an account of how farming has developed throughout the past centuries. It takes a hands-on approach to learning about history, and you can use farm instruments, milk cows and even steer a combine harvester!
And if all that time-travelling has made you weary, 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.