We travelled back a few years... and guess what we found?
- Beer. And some more interesting stuff as well.
In the car park in front of the “Markus Wasmeier Museum” in Schliersee, I’m suddenly revisited by myriads of minor childhood memories:images of when I was wandering through farm museums with my family. In the pouring rain. Always in the pouring rain. Local history museums, you see, were our alternative programme to mountain hikes. And when we were on holiday in the Alps and a rain front was forecast, then you could find us in age-old farms, peering over the rope barriers into what were sometimes empty rooms. Looking at ancient soot, crumbling wall-paintings, and astonishingly low doorframes.
It’s raining, too, of course, when I walk up to the Lake Schliersee Museum Village. Once I’ve reached the top, however, I’m no longer just an onlooker peering in over the rope barrier – I’m actually involved. In baking bread, brewing beer, carving edelweiss. In the museum’s buildings, there’s always something going on: the staff bring to vibrant life the rooms enclosed by th-century walls, they embroider, they wash, and they’re always delighted to answer your questions. “I want the buildings to be humming with activity, history needs to be experienced, there has to be cooking, smoke, fragrances,” says the museum’s founder, Markus Wasmeier. For the former professional skier, the museum is more than a project to which he has lent his name – for him, it’s a passion, his hobby, the fulfilment of some of his lifelong dreams. Not, however, that Markus is rigidly wedded to an immutable concept of tradition and regional heritage. In the Museum Village, tradition and modernity co-exist in symbiotic harmony. A responsive website and his own YouTube channel are accorded the same importance as faithfully detailed furnishings in the buildings. “I always get pretty grumpy if I see bowls standing around made of materials that were simply not yet around in the th century,” he admits.