Learning to Live in Germany Visits the Jexhof Bauernhof Museum

Our Visit To The Jexhof Museum

After a week of crazy weather and snow–along with temperatures fit for December–we had the luxury of some sunshine and a warmer day–about 60 degrees.  We set out again, over the hill and through the woods on our bikes to the Jexhof Bauernhoff Museum. As you can see, the scenery is intoxicating.

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Jexhof is the last name of a third-generation family who has owned this farm since the 1800’s. Just to be clear, it’s no longer a “real” working farm but has been preserved to provide a look back in history, demonstrating how people really lived during the 19th century. The location is definitely remote but very worth the bike ride!

The first mention (according to the website) of the Jexhof family dates back to 1433. You can read the story here: Jexhof HistoryThis is a great place to spend a few hours, get a bite to eat, and enjoy nature after you’ve toured the property. It’s only a 30-minute car ride outside of Munich. You can see some really great views of nature along the way. We really enjoyed it here and will probably go back again someday.

The first thing we did once we arrived was take a nice stroll in the back yard of the farm. We noticed a “bee-keeping” house right away. It was pretty interesting how the bees lived because we had never seen them kept like this. You can view the images below.

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If you watch the slideshow below you’ll get to see some really cool machinery that dates back many years. It is well-preserved and on display in the barn for all to see. It’s always fun to imagine working in the fields while your horse pulled some of this equipment in order to plow the fields.  They also had numerous objects that we had no idea what they were used for but it was fun to look at them–never-the-less!

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You can’t visit an old farm museum without looking at the tractors. The barn had old-fashioned sleighs and dove carriers to transit the birds that they sold at the market. They even had an old motorcycle.

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We noticed an older, small structure in the courtyard and made our way towards it after viewing the miscellaneous content in the barn. You can see the smaller blue door and that is where we entered. Imagine our surprise when we realized it was the kitchen where the farm made bread to sell at the market.

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You can see below in the slide show that it contained a large oven, plenty of working space, and all the equipment needed to make, bake, and sell bread from the farm.

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We also noticed a small set of stairs leading upstairs. They were quite rickety and you had to use caution when going up.

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Upstairs held accommodations for a few people to sleep (imagine how warm it was from the oven below) and a sewing room. Check it out in the slideshow below.

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The picture below is the entrance from the courtyard into the house. As you can see the water supply was conveniently located just outside the kitchen door to the family home.

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When we first went through the blue door we were in a long hallway. To the right side of us was small barn area with stalls. If you looked to the left, you were in the kitchen of the farm home.

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Check out the barn area below:

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After poking around in the barn area for a few minutes, we headed into the house. We started in the kitchen. It’s pretty amazing that all the dishes, utensils, and regular kitchen items are all still intact. It really provides insight into how people lived many years ago. Check it out below in the brief slideshow:

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Once we were done in the kitchen we just meandered through the door into the sitting room to the main living room. You could almost imagine the family gathering in here by the stove after dinner–prior to retiring for the evening.

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Now we headed upstairs…

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We found numerous sleeping rooms, a gigantic bathroom, and what appeared to be the parent’s room. All the furniture and bedding was on display along with the artwork. The most amazing part of all is that nobody touches anything and the treasures are preserved without worrying about vandalism or someone doing something to harm them. It was really neat being able to actually walk around in the rooms with all the artifacts and treasures. Please enjoy the slideshow of the upstairs below.

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We really hope you enjoyed the Jexhof Farmhouse as much as we did. If anyone is in the Munich area with a car and wants to take a nice drive we highly recommend it. You can always go by bike like we did and many others travel the same way. There were plenty of bike racks to accomodate everyone! We sure hope you enjoyed the Jexhof Farmhouse Museum. Feel free to share this with your family and friends!

Auf Wiedersehen for now!

 

All photos courtesy of Lance Benson
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