Facts and numbers about the Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof.
The Black Forest Open Air Museum is a forum for the entire Black Forest region. It carries out research projects and explores the cultural heritage and development of all rural areas in the Black Forest. In addition, the museum collects and preserves for the future important cultural assets from the Black Forest to ensure that the people of the region and visitors can access and experience these collections. In this way, the Open Air Museum contributes to the promotion and preservation of the region's cultural identity.
District of Ortenau
1963 Foundation of the museum and beginning of restoration of Vogtsbauernhof farmstead
1964 Opening of Vogtsbauernhof farmstead and its outbuildings as a museum
1966 Opening of Hippenseppenhof farmstead and its outbuildings
1972 Opening of Lorenzenhof farmstead
1980 Opening of Hotzenwald farmstead
1982 Opening of Schauinsland farmstead
1996 Museum is transformed into an enterprise
1999 Opening of Falkenhof farmstead
2002 Opening of day labourer's cottage "Wirtstonis"
2006 Opening of the new Reception building
2010 Opening of the new Adventure playground
2014 Opening of the train station "Gutach Freilichtmuseum"
2017 Opening of the Hermann-Schilli-House
2018 Opening of the „Little castle from Effringen“
With more than 220.000 visitors during its seven-month season, the museum is one of the most visited open-air museums in Germany and throughout Europe. The museum is a very important tourist attraction in the Black Forest. Since its opening, the museum has attracted over 16 million visitors.
The only museum that collects important cultural assets of all Black Forest region:
Six fully furnished Black Forest farm houses and one labourer’s cottage
The 600-year-old “Little Castle from Effringen” is one of the oldest buildings in a German open-air museum
The “Hermann Schilli” house (built in 1980) with its modern lecture room and a permanent exhibition on the lifestyle of the 1980s
A number of outbuildings including storage houses, chapels, grain and sawmills as well as boundary stones and wayside shrines
Typical gardens and traditional livestock (e.g. horses, cows, pigs and goats)
Experience the inner workings of mills, different trades and crafts, a workshop for families as well as other exciting activities
A wide range of tours for groups, school and kindergarten children
Origin of visitors
- 70% from Germany
- 30% from foreign countries (Netherlands, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Israel)
Number of employees
During the season: 50
Planing your visit/booking
The Open Air Museum offers a very varied programme with general guided tours, educational learning experiences (for kindergartens, schools and youth groups), entertaining and informative museum discovery activities and science-based special interest tours (for adult groups).
Certified service quality
The Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof is a participant in the initiative "Service Qualität Deutschland in Baden-Württemberg" and is a certified Q-Service Provider. We have been recognised as a customer-oriented service provider and have implemented a quality assurance system.
Award-winning family holidays
The Open Air Museum has been recognized as being particularly family-friendly and carries the official “familien-ferien” (family holiday) seal of approval.
The “familien-ferien” seal is valid until 2019. By taking part in the regional competition, the museum commits – like all certified companies – to maintaining and continuously improving the quality of all it has to offer.
Tips for kids
Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof
77793 Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn)
Tel.: +49 – 7831 – 93 56 0
Fax: +49 – 7831 – 93 56 29