Düppel Museum in Berlin: A Village from Medieval Age

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As it turns out, Berlin has an open-air museum, which is a reproduction of medieval village from the 13th century that used to be there on the site. Düppel Museumsdorf is located a bit outside from a city, but seems as an interesting option, if one wants to enrich his/her knowledge on this particular part of history.

We would like to re-post below an article that we found on Ohmyberlin.com website

An unusual open-air museum. The Düppel Museum is a reconstruction of an existing village in the same place from the thirteenth century. The museum as it exists today was opened in 1975.

The village contains replicas of tradesmen huts that were present there back in medieval age (according to archeological excavations). The weaver’s hut, blacksmith’s workshop and other objects are depicting the way the village was living back in medieval times. There are about fifteen plus some other buildings housing small souvenir shops, a restaurant, and finally pens with animals. In spring 1939 a group of students discovered objects or pieces of objects dating from the days when the village was active. Following their discovery, archeological excavations were then held from 1968 to 1990. They disclosed pieces of oak that allowed

In spring 1939 a group of students discovered objects or pieces of objects dating from the days when the village was active. Following their discovery, archeological excavations were then held from 1968 to 1990. They disclosed pieces of oak that helped to track the village back to the year 1208

Note that this is just an attempt to reproduce the village as it was in its glory days, and not the real archeological remains, however, the reconstruction work is remarkable and worth a visit. Firstly, the architectural technics and traditional wooden constructions have been totally respected. Then, each hut is full of details, and other small objects that were to be the same as about 800 years. Finally, volunteers, dressed in traditional costumes of the epoch, perform an artisanal activity in front of their huts: the women weave or make wicker baskets, men forge hot metal on the anvil … There is even a garden where they grow old and rare vegetables and enclosures that houses extinct animals of the epoch, such as the meadow’s pig. Diving in the past is guaranteed!