Museums & Exhibitions

As well as a calendar of events, our online guide to museums and exhibitions in SouthWest Germany (Baden-Württemberg) has a searchable data base for towns, museums and key words.

SouthWest Germany’s lively open air museums

Nicknamed the "Seven in the South" (Sieben im Süden), SouthWest Germany’s open-air museums are more like seven historic villages, each recounting the region’s rich heritage in its own special way. In pretty countryside, these seven “living history” museums take you back to the rural life of yesteryear. There are centuries-old buildings, original farm equipment, heritage breeds of animals, crafts and special demonstrations. Regular theme days, colorful museum festivals and markets provide entertainment for families, groups and individual visitors.

Museums along the Castle Road

History, stories and curiosities: Drive the famous Castle Road from Mannheim to Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Schwäbisch Hall, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and on to Prague, and you not only drive through lovely countryside. It is like driving through the pages of a history book.

On the 700 miles/1,100 km from the Neckar valley to Bohemia, there are well over 100 museums. To find them, just enter any of the mighty castles and magnificent palaces. Inside are grand halls and antiques, paintings and collections of weapons. From Stuttgart, the Renaissance Schloss Neuenstein is to the northeast; to the north is Weinsberg, where you should ask about the “Faithful Wives” of Weinsberg, a tale still told with pride after 900 years. Further north, the 800-year-old Burg Guttenberg castle, in Gundelsheim, offers falconry displays and living history. In Heidelberg, see the ancient pharmacy in the dramatic ruins of the castle.