Freilichtmuseum: Open-air Museums in Austria

Article by Nicole Rabitsch

Open air folk-museums are popular in Austria. Many of them are highly suitable for international visitors.

Open-air museums usually offer information about a certain area - normally about rural culture, folk customs and traditions. Most of them feature old farmhouses that were gathered in a province or area, destructed and re-built in a traditional setting.

A traditional Austrian mountain hut or cabin.

The old farmhouses were then equipped with all the gimmicks you would expect from an Alpine 19th-or-so-century. Open-air museums were originally built after Austrians discovered their rural heritage in the early 20th century (this is also when urban Austrians started to wear "Tracht" or traditional clothing).

These days, open-air museums are popular with both domestic visitors and international tourists. Therefore I′m going to give an overview of the most important open-air museums in Austria:


Freilichtmuseum Bad Tatzmannsdorf
Freilichtmuseum Ensemble Gerersdorf
Dorfmuseum Mönchhof


Freilichtmuseum Maria Saal

Lower Austria

Museum für Urgeschichte, Asparn an der Zaya
Weinviertler Museumsdorf, Niedersulz
Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum Carnuntum
Bauernhofmuseum Lanzenkirchen
Niederösterreichisches Freilichtmuseum , Stadt Haag

Upper Austria

Freilichtmuseum Stehrerhof, Neukirchen an der Vöckla
Freilichtmuseum Sumerauerhof, St. Florian
Museumsdorf Trattenbach
Freilichtmuseum Brunnbauerhof, Großpichl bei Andorf
Mondseer Rauchhaus


Salzburger Freilichtmuseum, Großgmain


Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum, Stübing bei Graz
Urgeschichtliches Freilichtmuseum der Steiermark, Kulm bei Weiz
Bauernhausmuseum Herk, Freiland bei Deutschlandsberg
Freilichtmuseum Vorau


Ötztaler Heimat- und Freilichtmuseum, Längenfeld
Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe, Kramsach
Wildschönauer Bergbauernmuseum z′Bach, Niederau in der Wildschönau

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Further Reading

Customs & Traditions of Austria

Theme Parks of Austria