The World's only Pickle Museum - Lehde, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 51° 52.015 E 013° 59.471
33U E 430539 N 5746717
The history of the Spreewald Gherkin and the people who made it
Waymark Code: WM3B15
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 03/07/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member MikeGolfJ3
Views: 145

For more than 150 years, a certain kind of pickle, the Spreewald Gherkin has been the main product of the Spreewald, a remote wetland region in the east of Germany. For the local population, the Sorbs, the gherkins are an integral part of traditional life. Therefore, the Gherkin Museum – the only one of its kind in the world, does not only depict the history of pickles but also offers a deep insight into the traditional life of the people who made it.
Barn Kitchen Living Room
Sorbian houses were traditionally built with all rooms under one roof. From the barn, one can walk right through kitchen and living room into the bedroom and in the picture below left, one can look from the bedroom through all the open doors back into the barn.
Not only did the entire family share one house, they also shared one bed. The only one with privileged extra space was the youngest baby, sleeping in the bottom drawer.
Outside the museum Gherkins everywhere Gherkin Queen

In addition to the traditional house, the museum tells you everything you ever wanted to know about pickles – from about 100 recipes (including samples) to pictures of the annual Gherkin-Queen pageant.

The pickles are kept in barrels, some of them holding up to 500 gallons – large enough to live in them.

More than 100 years of Gherkin-History
1895 2007
In addition to the Gherkin-Museum, there is another large open air museum less than 5 minutes away. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to check out both places.

Cultural History, life style of the Sorb People

Street Address:
Hotelanlage Starick Bauernhaus- und Gurkenmuseum An der Dolzke 6 03222 Lehde Germany

Food Court: yes

Gift Shop: yes

Hours of Operation:

Cost: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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