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Freilichtmuseum Glentleiten

Summer retreat in Upper Bavaria

In the foothills of the Alps, high above Lake Kochelsee between Murnau and Kochel, you will find “Glentleiten” - upper Bavaria's largest open-air museum. An exciting journey through time awaits you, from bread baking to Bohemian society, from lace making to historic tourism; original, up close and full of life.

Laid out over more than 35 hectares, the museum comprises around 60 historic buildings: houses, mills, workshops and Alpine huts. These original buildings have been preserved and restored, including furnishings and interiors, to give visitors an insight into the rural life of Upper Bavaria – from the early modern period to the present day.

Regular demonstrations give you the chance to rediscover old trades: delicate crafts, such as lace-making, spinning yarn or jewellery design, alongside more everyday, physically demanding trades, for example the work of a copper-smith, cooper, baker, grindstone maker or carpenter.

As part of a special exhibition you can also learn about the phenomenon of the “Sommerfrischler”. These were artists and wealthy people who decided to discover the rural life for themselves around the end of the 19th century. The idea of “Sommerfrische” - which means something like “summer retreat” - was very popular at the time amongst those that could afford an extended country holiday. But how did the locals react to the arrival of the European high nobility and upper classes here for their summer retreat? Find out the answer – and a great deal more – in the open-air museum Glentleiten!