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

Gererhof museum of local history: 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

Impressive building, exciting interior

The Gererhof, a "stately" farm (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
The processed door and window frames are rare (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
The wooden tram ceiling in the cozy farmhouse parlor (c)Bernhard Ponemayr
Due to its architecture and the partly still historical original furnishings, the Gererhof is considered a total work of art. Its "stately" construction is characterized by the use of precious materials. The window and front door openings are framed on the outer facade with machined tuff stone reveals, as are the door frames in the central corridor house. The ground floor is vaulted with the cross-burr technique and the farmhouse parlor is equipped with a wooden tram ceiling.

400 years of craftsmanship

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.
The Rauchkuchl once was the central point in the house. ©TVB Annaberg-Lungötz

Invitation to the original Rauchkuchl

The central place in the house

A special highlight is the original Rauchkuchl (smokehouse) from 1609. With its unique atmosphere, this room illustrates the living conditions of the rural population at that time over the past four centuries.

e Rauchkuchl, warmed by the fire, used to be the central location of the house. Whether cooking, baking, smoking or washing - everything happened here. Hardly imaginable for today's conditions. Even today, donuts are baked according to original recipes in the Rauchkuchl on certain occasions.
Frische Krapfen, gebacken über dem offenen Feuer ©TVB Annaberg-Lungötz
Michi Promberger
Recipe "Blattlkrapfen"
  • 400 g rye flour
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Clarified butter to bake out

  • Salt the four, pour over with hot milk, mix into a firm, elastic dough and let it rest for an hour
  • Then roll out the dough into thin flatbreads and bake in clarified butter
  • As soon as the dough puffs up, turn with tongs and continue baking. When the donuts are golden yellow on both sides, remove from the lard and drain 
  • Put the donuts in a bowl and serve with sauerkraut

Beautiful old costumes are exhibited in the Gererhof (c)Bernhard Ponemayr

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 Kumpf collection in the Gererhof ©TVB Annaberg-Lungötz

The artist's "Kumpf"

Original collection in the Gererhof

The native Annaberg artist Prof. Gottfried Kumpf donated his Kumpf collection to the Gererhof heritage museum. The extensive collection can also be viewed on a guided tour.

But what is a Kumpf actually? In the past, the grass or grain was mowed with a scythe or sickle. The reaper needed a whetstone for regular sharpening of the cutting tools, known as "sharpening". And this stone was in the Kumpf, a quiver that the mower hung on a belt. To make it easier to sharpen, the stone was kept wet, so the Kumpf was filled with water. So that the whetstone and water do not fall out or run out while moving, the top of the Kumpf was stuffed with grass or straw.

Opening hours and entrance fee

Adult 3,50 €
Adult with TennengauPlus Card 2,50 €
Children 1,50 €
Children with TennengauPlus Card free
Groups and discounts 2,50 €
Guided tours with the curator 2,00 €
Opening hours:
Every Wednesday middle of May until end of September
from 03.00 pm - 04.00 pm
Otherwise: open and freely accessible on demand.
Guided tours are available for groups of 5 or more.
Please contact the custodian directly.
Die Hagen Mill on the Rauenbach ©TVB Annaberg-Lungötz

The Hagen mill on the Rauenbach

Gem from the 17th century

Only about 15 minutes from the museum is an old grain mill from the 17th century that is still working. (Good footwear required). In the past, every farmer in the area grew his own grain, which was usually ground in community mills. When grain was no longer grown later, the mills fell into disrepair, only the Hagenmühle was renovated in 1985 and made operational again.
The grain is ground using two millstones - the stone below, the "Legerer", is immobile, the upper stone, the "Läufer", rotates. The drive is provided by the large water wheel. The separation of flour and bran is done with the "mill bag" by shaking and rattling. Almost all the components of the mill are made of wood, so it says in an old children´s song: "The mill rattles by the rushing brook..."

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