Kärntner Freilichtmuseum : Michelin's recommendations
Some forty old country buildings: farmhouses, stables, barns and outbuildings, were dismantled then reassembled here in a hilly wooded setting. This 4-ha open-air museum gathers together exhibits representative of Carinthia's rural past. The wood shingle or, sometimes, thatch roofed dwellings have a smokehouse, oven and open fireplace and were built by assembling logs. This regional building technique for houses and outbuildings, piles up beams horizontally, intersecting and hardening them with lead in the corners. It has been used since the 16C under various forms and now enables to easily determine a building's age. Joints between beams were filled with plaited moss or straw, and the exterior had clayey mortar. The most outstanding houses are the Hanebauerhaus from St Jakob ob Gurk, the early-17C Bodnerhaus, the Salzerhaus built in 1767 in the Katschtal, the Urchhaus of the Rosental and the Kramerhaus with transverse arcades and a continuous interior hallway. The Lavant valley house, partly dating from before 1631, is one of the oldest. A covered wooden bridge leads to the mills and sawmill that testify to former difficult working conditions but also to the craftsmen's resourcefulness in improving them.
Opening hours :
- Jul-Aug: 10am-6pm; May-Jun and Sep-Oct: daily except Sat 10am-4pm