Hessenpark

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inside the littel church from Nieder

inside the littel church from Niederorlen

Covering an area of 65 hectares (160 acres), Hessenpark is an open-air museum in Neu-Anspach/Taunus not far from Frankfurt.

A bit like the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagan’s, Hessenpark is a collection of heritage buildings from the Geraman state of Hesse. As well as charting the history of the state of Hesse through a hundred historic sites, the museum transports visitors back into the everyday life of bygone eras. Adding explanation to that past is the fact that craftspeople are regularly to be seen practising their trades, while exhibitions clarify what the buildings cannot say.

For British visitors one of the key attractions is that there is signage in English everywhere you go.

All events at Hesse’s open-air museum follow the passage of the seasons, with specific days being devoted to correspondingly themed events meaning there is something different on almost any visit you might make. And there is plenty of space for more buildings to be added to the collection.

One of the first buildings to find a home at Hessenpark was a small church from Niederhörlen. Unlike most medieval churches that you might see, this one has images of the Evangelists and Apostles. Above the massive altar stone are five baroque illustrations depicting the Life of Christ. Even headstones from the graves of those buried in the town have been moved here.

the apothecary

the apothecary

Don’t think that everything is very old. Hessenpark’s main role is to preserve a culture and heritage that is disappearing like the joinery which was founded in Fulda back in 1921. Everything in the two-storey building has been preserved just the way it was before the move documenting six decades of Hessian handicraft culture. The floorboards creak with every step taken, and the shelves are lined with window stays, mountings, polishes, and thousands of other little items.

From the town of Probbach comes a single-storey timber framed building which was the old bakehouse. That these buildings still can function is shown by the fact that on some days the oven is fired up and bread produced so that visitors can see exactly how are ancestors lived and coped.

As well as German, guided tours are available in English, French, Spanish, and Turkish which gives readers a pretty good idea of where visitors are coming from.

For more about Hessenpark, click here.

 

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