Prien am Chiemsee a pictoresquesmall town located on the shores of the Chiemsee in the south of Bavaria is a place I visit often. I never faiol to enter the Heimatmuseum, so typically Bavarian.
Everything is rural, mini and very original in Prien and the Heimatmuseum is no exception. You can translate it into ‘Folklore Museum’ and that’s what it’s all about Chiemgau traditions, art, crafts and fashion!
Admission is a modest EURO 2 and you find yourself in a typical old stone house built in the style of the region with painted adornments around the door and windows, wooden floors, small rooms and low ceilings. The building dates from 1837 and is called Beim Mayerpaul.
The exhibits of the museum reflect history and traditions of the south of Bavaria. Fishing is an age old trade around the Chiemsee and the Chiemsee Renken, which in taste and texture are similar to trout are a delicacy as is the eel. Pottery is a craft which still is very much alive on the Fraueninsel, another island in the Chiemsee and the tiles to cover stoves and ovens made by Klampfleutner of the Fraueninsel were and are much in demand.
Several rooms are furnished in the style of the 19th century and you can see bedchambers, kitchens, a Biedermaier dining room and of course Trachten, the traditional clothing of the region. Well known is the Priener Hut, a hat which you can even try on.
The Heimatmuseum is located opposite the church on the market place where I found a cozy café and enjoyed a Haferl, a mug of wonderful filter coffee before embarking on my lake journey to the Herreninsel.