Spread over five floors, the Werdenfelser Heimatmuseum, or Werdenfels Museum, is one of the most important museums in Bavaria and takes its visitors through the history and culture of the Werdenfelser Land (a region of Upper Bavaria). You'll find all sorts of interesting artefacts in the museum, which is housed in a former 17th-century merchant's house, from folk art and religious objects and handicrafts to furnished bedrooms, a parlour, and a kitchen reconstructing the traditional way of life in this region 400 years ago. Different exhibitions also regularly run here, so there's likely to be some interesting artwork or sculptures on display as you look around; it's definitely more than just a small town attraction!
This museum is a great little window into Bavaria's past, and a nice way to spend some time if you're in Garmisch Partenkirchen for a day or two, or if you're all ski-ed out and need a break from the slopes.
There are a number of different collections to get stuck into as you wander around the museum, each displaying a different fragment of Werdenfelser culture. For interesting artefacts, check out the Fasnacht Room, where you can learn about the winter carnival traditions. In the Joseph Wackerle Room you'll see examples of this local sculptor's work, and you can head to the Showroom for historical photos of the area's history and an impressive collection of 17th and 18th-century religious folk art.
You can also get to grips with this historical time-frame in the many furnished rooms which literally make you feel as if you've stepped into another era. Both the Turk's bedroom and Civic bedroom are set up with impressive four-poster beds, there's a traditional Bavarian parlour with authentic painted wooden furniture, the original Black Kitchen on the ground floor of the house, and a violin-making workshop.
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Entry to Werdenfelser Heimatmuseum