{Germany} Spring Festival at Domäne Dahlem

April 8, 2016


100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.18

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you will already have seen glimpses of our Easter holiday in Gothenburg, which included quite a few museums. I’ve been itching to share some of our Gothenburg museum visits here with you, but sadly our fantastic holiday was followed by #MuseumBaby falling ill. Again. So instead of finding time to write and download the photos from our trip, I’ve been in and out the doctors with him all week. Poor wee guy. So in the mean time, I wanted to share our visit to the Spring Festival at Berlin’s Domäne Dahlem with you, which we attended just before we went on holiday. The Domäne Dahlem is a country estate and museum in one of the outer districts of Berlin. Together, the estate – which includes a working farm – and the museum demonstrate the food chain from production and processing through to marketing and consumption. They host several fairs and special events throughout the year, including the Spring Festival, which kicked off this year’s new season and included craft and food stalls, animals, cart rides, music and a carousel.


The farm building.


Motorhead #MuseumBoy loved the tractor.


‘Don’t feed the pigs!’


Hot and cold horse sausages for sale. We had the saddle-back pig sausages (see pigs above!).


Carousel always puts a smile on his face.


Cute goats – the new born kids were moving about to much to capture in a photo!


We went on a short ride in a cow-drawn cart. 


As well as walking around the Festival itself, we spent some time in the museum’s new special exhibition ‘Der Apfel – Kultur mit Stiel’, which had opened just a few days earlier in the manor house and will run until January 2017.


The exhibition covers various aspects of apples, from environmental and economic aspects of their cultivation, to cultural aspects. Where do apples come from? What varieties are there? How are they harvested? How have techniques changed from historical to modern times? What roles have apples played in mythology, fairy tales or advertising? How are apples represented in art? And more.



In amongst original artefacts and artworks, hands-on interactives invite visitors to discover more about the world of apples. Even #MuseumBaby got in on the action, listening to some of the audio recordings. And as a sweet memento of our visit, we all got to take a crunchy, juicy apple with us for the way home!


The estate, which is open year round, is free to visit when there are no fairs or other events on, though a small voluntary fee is requested for the site’s upkeep. The museum – which includes the exhibitions in the old manor house as well as the new interactive CULINARIUM exhibition, is open daily except for Mondays, with an admission fee for adults aged 18 and over. During events there are special admission fees to the site, which include a visit to the manor house and discounted entry to CULINARIUM. Up to date opening times and admission prices are detailed on the Domäne Dahlem website. Although Domäne Dahlem takes a bit of time to get to, it’s easily reachable by public transport as it’s located directly opposite the subway station ‘Dahlem Dorf’ on the U3.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you may also enjoy:

>> Historical Fun Fair at Domäne Dahlem

>> Advent at Domäne Dahlem

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One Response to “{Germany} Spring Festival at Domäne Dahlem”

  1. List of German Festivals Says:

    Hello, Museum Diary
    I am already following you on Instagram and thanks for sharing a great stuff about german spring festival.


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