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Here you find detailed information ans press images on the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing and the historic buildings

Around 100 authentic farmers’ houses from Austria and South Tyrol allow us to take an unforgettable journey through six centuries of cultural history. It belongs to the top ten open-air museums in Europe, offering a comprehensive image of peasant life in days gone by: 100 buildings are on show in the Austrian Open-Air Museum, most of them original historical structures. The walk through the museum valley offers an overview of the historical landscapes in terms of houses as found in Austrian provinces. The exhibitions provide interesting facts about building, living and working, as well as regional customs.

 

Image Credits

Images

Panoramic view of Stübing,

Photo: R. Nunner/ÖFM Stübing

Village pond,

Photo: R. Nunner/ÖFM Stübing

Pond,

Photo: ÖFM Stübing

Western Styrian Ensemble,

Photo: ÖFM Stübing

Austrian open air museum Stübing,

Photo: ÖFM Stübing

Pflanzenmarkt,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing

Children at Stübing,

Photo: ÖFM Stübing

Winter in Stübing,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler

Winter in Stübing,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler

Winter in Stübing,

Foto: Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing/E. Pöttler

Winter in Stübing,

Foto: Wolfram Strohschein

About the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing

The Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing is one of the ten largest and most impressive open-air museums in Europe and has been awarded the ICOM (UNESCO) Museum Seal of Quality. In Austria's only central open-air museum, the 100 historical buildings from all over Austria offer an overview of six centuries of rural life in all the federal provinces. Close to Graz, the 100 historic houses are carefully situated in a harmonious natural landscape surrounded by forests, meadows and fields. These include around 20 residential houses and numerous special buildings, which are lovingly furnished with great attention to detail, giving the impression that the farmers could return at any moment. The flower-filled courtyards are surrounded by colorful gardens, animals graze in the meadows and pastures and grain is cultivated and harvested in the fields in the traditional way.

The houses tell stories

For a long time, knowledge about rural life was not written down, but only passed on orally. Today, much can be deduced from the houses and farms, from the tools and working methods. In exciting guided tours, visitors learn how scientists understand how to read them. The Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing takes you on a journey back in time: to the original farms from all over Austria, grouped by province; to an old grocer's shop where you can still buy cracked almonds; to a school from around 1800, where the teacher still slept on the floor; to an armory with historic fire engines; to an old forge that is still in use; to the herbal teaching garden, where you can discover some almost forgotten herbs.

Walking through the valley, you can discover house and farm forms from Burgenland to Vorarlberg and learn how they were adapted to the diversity of the landscape or shaped by history, prosperity or threats.

Exhibitions, events and children's program

The permanent exhibition provides information about life with nature all year round, about building, living and working. In the Tyrolean Bundwerkstadel, farming vehicles and tools from the Neolithic Age to the present day are on display. If you would like to explore the history of the individual farms beyond a walk, you are in good hands with an expert guided tour. For school and children's groups, the various school programs such as meal times, "Come and play!" and the museum rally are among the absolute highlights of the visit program.

Numerous events throughout the year and themed focuses offer active insights into the topics of rural life: old games (children's adventure day), customs and crafts (adventure day), the contemplative Advent (Tannengraß & Lebzeltstern). In addition to the numerous rest and recreation opportunities on the museum grounds, Stübing offers special children's adventure areas for younger visitors. The museum's own restaurant "Zum Göller" provides refreshments, where regional and typical delicacies can be enjoyed.