Wandering on ancient paths
Where visitors can actually touch history and where behind the creaking doors of enchanting timbered houses the past is waiting to be discovered, where memories that have turned to stone bring the past to mind visitors can experience how life really was.
The dreamily meandering river Nahe has always lured people to its banks. The mild climate and fertility of the soil create favorable conditions. Forests and meadows provided food for the people. These people of course also left traces of their lives, some of which are still visible today. The by far most famous resident of the Nahe valley was Hildegard of Bingen, who spent most of her life at Disibodenberg -a Benedictine monastery, whose ruins remind one of the amazing women with prophetic sensitivity.
The open-air museum in the Nachtigallental valley opens doors to a time when life and living was hard work. It tells a story of life in the country over the past 500 years and allows its visitors to interact.
Experience what life was really like.
The Rhineland Palatinate Open Air Museum
Hidden in the Nachtigallental valley the past is well preserved. Idyllically located between forest and meadows and made of stone, clay and wood is a unique collection of silent witnesses to a time long past. On 35 hectares of spacious grounds, covered with cobblestone paths, there are almost 40 historic buildings from various regions of the Rhineland Palatinate. These buildings were taken apart stone by stone at their original locations and then rebuilt and furnished as they were, in the museum. In the village blacksmith's shop, the water mill, the store and on the skittle alley, in wine maker's houses, farmhouses and the bakery visitors can experience how people lived over the past 500 years, how they mastered their daily lives and work and how their lives were influenced by the changing of seasons.
There are also gardens, pastures and meadows, a medicinal herb garden and a vineyard. On a number of activity days, visitors can watch museum bread being baked in the old stone oven and the blacksmith as he lets sparks fly. Hands on' is a must in this museum: washing clothes like 100 years ago or learning in a class at the old school, bowling on an old skittles alley - go ahead take a trip into the past. One of the highlights in the museum year is the big museum festival in September, when alleys and houses fill with life, music and the smell of 'Spießbraten' (grilled meat) over an open fire.
Also found among the groups of houses are chestnut sheep and goats, free running chickens, geese and ducks. An educational apiary provides lots of information on the great importance of these small insects.
For a snack on your walk through the museum just stop in at the museum guesthouse which offers a number of regional specialties. In the museum store you may find the one or other small souvenir of your visit to the past. In addition, for those deeply in love, the museum has a very special offer: those who are very romantic can even be married by the justice of peace in the Hasselbach bakery and town hall.
"The museum is daily inspiration. Behind the walls of its houses lie all the stories lived therein. They want to be preserved and shaped. And all of this radiates peace, making it easy to find to yourself."
Peter Rudl, Maler
55566 Bad Sobernheim