Rauchkuchl in the Heritage museum Gererhof
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Monument courtyard and museum of local history Gererhof

Insights into the rural life in Lammertal from four centuries

A visit to the listed Gererhof museum of local history is a real enrichment during your holiday in Annaberg-Lungötz. The 400-year-old farm offers authentic insights into rural life, as was customary in the 17th century in Upper Lammertal. Even from the outside, the Gererhof looks like a rustic jewelery box from days long gone. Inside the courtyard contains original rooms, a permanent exhibition "From flax to linen", as well as old crafts, but also old costumes and a still intact Rauchkuchl (smokehouse).

400 years of farming tradition

Representation of old craftsmanship in the monument yard

Old tools are exhibited in the Heimatmuseum Gererhof (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
The Girschten Fence was formerly made in Lammertal (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
The shingle roof is renewed (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
In the past, the farmer had to strive to manufacture and repair everything himself. There was a separate room for this, the "Machlkammer" (power chamber). It was the farmer´s workshop. For work that he could not do himself, the "Störhandwerker" came to the yard.
The preservation of old craftsmanship techniques, such as the setting of a Girschtenzaun (fench) or the covering of the house with "Legeschindeln" (laying shingles) also belongs to the tasks of the heritage museum.
Peasant doghnuts, baked over an open fire ©TVB Annaberg-LungötzThe Annaberg Dampflkrapfen taste great and small ©TVB Annaberg-Lungötz

Invitation to the intact Rauchkuchl

Where still today the peasant donuts are baked over an open fire

A special highlight is the original Rauchkuchl from the year 1609. This room with its unique atmosphere illustrates the living conditions of the peasant population at that time.

The Rauchkuchl, heated by the fire, used to be the central place of the house. Whether cooking, baking, smoking or washing - everything took place here. Even today, the original "Annaberg Dampflkrapfen" are baked on various occasions in the Rauchkuchl.

Recipe Annaberger Dampflkrapfen
Ingredients:
  • 400 g rye flour
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 Prise salt
  • clarified butter for baking

Preparation:
  • Salt the flour, pour hot milk over it, stir unitl it becomes a firm, elastic dough and let it rest for one hour
  • Then roll out the dough into thin pancakes and bake in clarified butter
  • As soon as the dough inflates, turn it over with a pair of tongs and continue baking. When the donuts are golden yellow on both sides, remove from the lard and drain off
  • Put the donuts in a bowl and serve with sauerkraut
Beautiful old costumes are exhibited in the Gererhof (c)Bernhard Ponemayr

Farmhouse furniture, weaving mill, old costume

Working and celebrating in Lammertal

  • The inhabitants of the upper Lammertal (settled from the 12th century) were only able to live a very modest life of agriculture and woodwork. The old furniture is therefore correspondingly simple. These cupboards and chests are not precious compared to other areas, but they are irreplaceable.
  • The permanent exhibition "From flax to linen" the museum´s main focus demonstrates the extremely labor-intensive production of linen on the basis of all available equipment for flax processing right up to the loom, very practice-oriented.
  • Although the money had to be handled very sparingly, beautiful fabrics were bought and elaborately processed or had them processed. As these costumes were worn only on festive days, the partly very precious robes can be shown in good condition in the Gererhof.
The Annaberg artist, Prof. Gottfried Kumpf, has donated his bounty (Kumpf) collection to the Gererhof heritage museum. The extensive collection can also be visited and is included in the entrance fee.

Opening hours and entrance fee

PersonsPrice
Adult 2,50 €
Children 1,50 €
Groups and discounts 2,00 €
Guided tours with the curator 2,00 €
Open and freely accessible every Wednesday in summer / autumn.
Guided tours are available for groups of 5 or more.
Please contact the tourist office Annaberg-Lungötz:
0043 6463 8690
TIP: After the museum visit a guided hike with the curator from the local museum to the still functioning  17th century Hagenmühle (old flour mill) can be arranged from 4.30 pm. Duration: 1 hour - good footwear required.

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