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Ilz Valley and the Three Castle Country

Museum Village Bavarian Forest Situated between Thurmansbang and Tittling next to the beautiful Dreiburgensee (Three Castle Lake) lays the Museum Village Bavarian Forest. It was founded in 1974 by the family Höltl. Today, with an area of 20 ha (hectares) and more than 150 buildings, it is one of the largest open-air museums in Europe, and is registered in the list of “Valuable National Cultural Heritage/Assets". The museum-village shows the historic designs of the Bavarian Forest from 1580 to 1850. The simple homes of small farmers, day laborers and inhabitant laborers (Inleute) are here, as well as the complex farmer-yard courts of big farmers. Mills and smithies, village and road chapels, and the oldest grade school in Germany from 1670 complete the different, regional-typical architectural village ensembles. The museum-village, with more than 60.000 objects, possesses the most extensive folkloristic collection of the Bavarian Forest. Apart from the religious folk art, the collection focuses on clothing and linens, furniture, ceramics, rustic household contents and agricultural equipment and tools from over 40 trades. Contact: Museum Village Bavarian Forest, Herrenstr. 11, Tittling 94104, Tel 08504/8482, museumsdorf(at), www.museumsdorf.comOpening-times: From Palm Sunday to All Saints' Day, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the winter a walk around the museum is possible, but the houses are closed


Celt Village Gabreta in RingelaKeltendorf Gabreta

Between Ringelai and Grafenau, in the so-called “Schmalzdobl” lies the Celt-village Gabreta.

In the truest sense of the word, this for visitors is life in ancient times. There is plenty to do and see here. Whether adult or child, everyone can try a hand at pottery or at baking ones own bread. On your way past houses from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, you may, in some places, even come across old domestic animal breeds. The journey into the past can be intensified by a live re-enactment guided tour through the village or an overnight stay in a building specified for visitor overnight accommodation. A restaurant at the entrance will cater to your hungry needs. Contact: Celtic Village Gabreta, Lichtenau 1a, 94160 Ringelai Tel. 08555/407310 gabreta(at), www.gabreta.deHours: 1st April to 31st October: Monday to  Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.1st November to 30th April: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Closed on Mondays (open for groups by appointment only).


Rustic Furniture Museum GrafenauBauernmöbelmuseum Grafenau

You may want to have a glance at Bavarian Forest “Bauernmöbel“, rustic furniture, in two farmhouses here. While early clothing was formerly stored in chests or hung up on hooks, from the middle of the 18th century on, people started using wardrobes/closets to store clothes instead. The country population tried to imitate the grain of expensive hardwood by partially decorating their furniture with elaborate techniques.  This is why a diversified art of painting rustic furniture sprang up everywhere. Divided up into different places and regions, the numerous wardrobes and chests give witness to the manifold art styles of eastern Lower Bavaria.The two houses are complimented by a carriage house and a grain-box.Contact: Rustic Furniture Museum, Westeingang Kurpark (spa park west entrance), 94481 Grafenau. Phone: 08552/3318Museen(at), www.grafenau.deOpening-times:  Tuesday until Sunday from 2 - 5 o'clockClosed: November 1st until December 24th .and from the March 1st until Holy/Maundy Thursday


Snuff and City Museum GrafenauThe “Säumer” sumpter city Grafenau houses the two museums in the former hospital walls. On the ground floor of the museum is the world’s only snuff museum. Beside machines from the former snuff-factory “Bogenstätter”, the manufacturer of the legendary “Perlesreuter Schmalzlers”, numerous snuff objects from around the world are to be seen. Centerpiece of the museum is a collection of over 600 old and new snuff bottles, including many produced in the glassworks of the Bavarian Forest. The first floor is dedicated to the history of the city of Grafenau. Historical events and objects from the former district capital are enriched by an old general store and through the inventory of the former chemist's/drugstore. Contact: Snuff and City Museum, Spitalstrasse, 94481 Grafenau, Phone: 08552/3318  Museen(at),   Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. Closed: 1st November to 24th December and from 1st March to Maundy Thursday

Cigar Manufactory Perlesreut Zigarrendreherin bei der Arbeit

You can watch the last cigars makers in Germany as they roll the “Virginia”.Contact the Tourist Information Perlesreut about opening hours.Phone: 08555/961910