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Ethnographic Museum of the Rhine: Peasants’ Life and Fresh Bread

The Ethnographic Museum of the Rhine in Kommern was opened in 1961 and is considered one of the oldest museums in Germany. About 70 old buildings, brought together here from the four regions of the former Rhine Province- Lower Rhine (Niederrhein), Westerwald and the Middle Rhine (Westerwald/Mittelrhein), the foothills of the Eifel (Eifel/Eifelvorland) and Bergisches Land- are located on the vast territory. Here you can see a few windmills of the XVIII century, half-timbered houses, a smithy, the chapel of Mechernich of 1783 and even rustic toilets.

There are several walking routes for visitors in the Ethnographic Museum of the Rhine. The longest, covering all architectural monuments of the village, is 2.5 km. The visitors are offered horse wagons for a sightseeing tour. You can enter almost every house in the museum, view the exhibition, covering, for example, the funeral rites, the work of postal agencies, and peasant life. In some houses rustic food is prepared especially for visitors, using the old furnace with flues and vegetables from the museum garden. Part of the local harvest, as well as freshly baked bread, are sold in the shop at the museum. Besides, a variety of domestic animals of the species that were kept in the backyards of the Rhineland in 1822 are bred on the territory of the ethnographic village. The museum is open to visitors year round. In summer lively costumed holidays are also held there. Every year, more than 200 thousand people come here!

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Eickser Straße 30
53894, Mechernich
GPS coordinates
50.618408, 6.631751
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Mon-Sun 09:00-19:00
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