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Discovering: Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

 entrance to Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

The Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden was one of my favourite places to visit when I was a child and when we went over to Germany a couple of weeks ago, I just had to take Amy and Ben there for a day out. We also took my grandparents along because it was with them that I discovered Gross Raden the very first time.

settlers Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross RadenAfter a short walk through the forest, we reached the wooden fortress and slid through the gate. What waited for us was a scene that made us travel back in time and straight into the 9th century when Slavic tribes first settled on the little peninsula in the Lake of Gross Raden.slavic clay huts 9th and 10th century grasses in wicker basket sketch showing an every day scene in a slavonic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

Little clay huts, recreated after extensive excavations between 1973 and 1980, invite visitors to discover the every day life of the Slavs and Amy couldn’t wait to find out what was hiding in each and every one of them.Slavonic loom Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

We discovered a traditional Slavic loom… sketch showing an every day scene in a slavic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

A curtain that gave us an insight into the every day life in the tribal village…slavic bed 9th and 10th century grasses in wicker basket sketch showing an every day scene in a slavonic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

… and a bed that looked everything, but comfortable.wooden footbridge to slavic castle rampart grasses in wicker basket sketch showing an every day scene in a slavonic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

After snooping around the clay huts and getting a good impression of what life might have been like over 1000 years ago, we stepped onto the wooden footbridge that leads to the castle rampart.Slavic canoes grasses in wicker basket sketch showing an every day scene in a slavonic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

We walked past wooden canoes that the Slavs will have used to go fishing on the lake…flock of sheep slavonic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

… waved hello at a flock of sheep that were grazing on one of the many meadows of the peninsula…slavic rampart Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

…. and walked through the big wooden tunnel gate that led us into the heart of the old rampart.
Amy enjoying some quality time with her great grandparents

Amy loved racing up and down and skipping in between her great grandparents without being told off by strict museum attendants. The Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden is a really hands-on museum that invites kids to touch, discover and explore and that is something that I really love about it.slavic village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross RadenThe old rampart is also the best place to get an overview of the settlement. With a size of 7000 square meters, the Slavic village isn’t particularly big, but its location makes it quite an impressive sight.

Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden Amy

I’m glad that Amy enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was younger. I don’t know why, but for some reason it gives me a really warm and fuzzy feeling inside when I see that she has fun exploring the favourite places of my childhood. I guess it reminds me of how happy and carefree my upbringing was.Amy at slavic temple village Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

Full of adventures, discoveries and of course… playground at Archaeological Open Air Museum Gross Raden

… lots of fun and play.

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  1. Looks like a lovely day out & Amy looks like like she’s loving it. I love sharing things I used to do with my little girls too x

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  2. It’s lovely to take our children to a place that holds so many treasured childhood memories and experience it again through our children’s eyes. What a fantastic museum to visit, full of interesting facts and buildings bringing history to life. I can see from the photos that you all had a great family day out and that Amy had such fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  3. Carolin i love that you took your grandparents with you when you took Amy for her first visit – i bet they were chuffed to bits to accompany you all. it looks like such an interesting place to visit and you have taken some wonderful photos of it and your beautiful daughter x
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  4. Ahhh, I think its lovely that you took your grandparents along to enjoy Amy’s first experience, when they had been there experiencing it with you as a child. I bet they loved that. It looks like a great day out, really fascinating. x
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  5. It looks a fabulous museum. Such a great way to get a feel for history. Love the fact that they encourage children to learn by touching. Very real. Adding this to my list of places to go. Eldest has just started learning german and she loves history. Perfect combination!
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  6. That looks an amazing place to visit. Lovely to be able to take your children, especially with your grandparents, too. I love visiting castles, homes, museums and am hoping the kids’ll enjoy them as they get older, and that looks like a place that really brings history to life. Fabulous.
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  7. Wow what an incredible place to visit and such wonderful photographs. It must have been amazing to take Amy there and for her to love it too. It looks like there is lots of exploring to be done there! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory
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  8. Looks amazing! I used to love those museums as a child and still do! There’s something so fascinating about seeing history in the flesh. Thanks so much for linking up with #SavouringtheSeason

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  9. It looks great, I had no idea there was such a thing in this country, I went to a similar looking place in Denmark as a child and it was brilliant!

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