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.
After 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.
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.
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.The 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.
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.
… lots of fun and play.