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“Amazing, wonderful, incredible”

Archaeological Open Air Pfahlbaumuseum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Bedale, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing, wonderful, incredible”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is an utterly wonderful day out, thoroughly recommended to any one with an interest in history. My husband is an archaeologist, and both our children are passionate about history, particularly my son. We LOVED it.

The visit stars with an incredible visitor experience to take you back in time. I typed out a full description of this and then deleted it, because I think the surprise of it shouldn't be taken away from you. We actually went through this twice, the second time with the soundtrack kindly changed to English for us by an attentive guide.

The lake dwellings themselves are amazing - really detailed, beautifully made. Our children were enthralled throughout - including during the (German) film about the building of a lake dwelling housel. There's also a good museum of finds + a super children's activity area where they can try being an archaeologist for themselves.

We all enjoyed this enormously. A really super day out for the whole family.

Visited July 2013
Thank Julia N
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153 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“One of the highlights”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

This museum is one of the highlights of any visit in the region. Very informative, well maintained, and with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great for kids!

Visited July 2013
Thank Member_France
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Haan, Germany
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322 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting sight! The buildings are maintained very well, the brand new Multimedia show is excellent and the exhibition is informative. The guide seems to be very educated and was able to answer all questions. All in all recommendable and worth every visit!

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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146 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Nice on a cool day. Great view into our life in the past. Nicely presented but not too big. Lots of great information presented.

Visited May 2013
Thank ms12341
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Richmond, Virginia
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1,061 reviews
467 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 845 helpful votes
“One of the best museums anywhere for ancient civilization”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Archaeologists have uncovered enough artifacts to enable them to reconstruct human life on the site beginning 7000 years ago. The name indicates that the settlement was built in the Late Stone Age on pilings over (or partially so) Lake Constance. Historical interpreters (well informed) bring the replica to life in unbelievable detail. You may tour the village at your own pace, as interpreters stay, while you move. After the village tour there is a place where you can use an ax made in the fashion of the Stone Age, taste the surprisingly good food of the time (not leftovers!) and partake in many more hands-on activities. Then there is the museum itself. I visit the site each time I am in the area. It gets better each time. This time I was accompanied by one of my children and a grandchild. The weather was horrible, but the museum was still interested and excited us all in different ways. I give the Pfahlbau my most enthusiastic recommendation.

Visited March 2013
Thank DonPaulo
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