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Pile Dwelling Museum

The Prehistoric pile dwellings on the Lake Constance in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany is a fascinating archaeological site located near the Swiss-German border. The open-air museum chronicles the history of pile dwellings that were popular among ancient Europeans in areas around the Alps and Northern Europe. You can get an up close look at these unique structures and learn how they were built and used by our ancestors. This archaeological site has been carefully preserved to accurately represent how it looked centuries ago. The area is home to 111 submerged wooden structures, which have been preserved in pristine condition since prehistoric times thanks to its unique geographical location.

This impressive archaeological site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011 and receives thousands of visitors each year from all around the world. The dwellings were built on piles created with tree trunks, stones and branches that were set into the lake bed of Lake Constance at depths ranging from 1.5 m to 3 m below water level.

There is an observation tower near Lake Constance, offering stunning views of the surrounding area as well as a great vantage point for studying the architecture of the pile dwellings, an unprecedented opportunity for scientists.

Inside, you will find interactive exhibits and displays that explain how humans lived during this prehistoric period. Educational activities are available to help bring this era alive for young visitors.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Carlos Capurro
    a month ago
    I have visited other places where archeologists have found evidence of dwelling of people during and...
  • Elena S.
    10 months ago
    Nice place. Not sure when it’s the best time to visit it because I’m autumn/winter/spring it’s...
  • Maryna M
    6 months ago
    The museum and everything around it is worth to see it. Lovely town, the lake. You also will see...
  • t. ajjaj
    5 months ago
    Great place, very charming, I was wondering all the time how people used to live there, it's seems...
  • Harry Sofian
    6 months ago
    Very good museum with the good explanation from guide. This museum can reach easily because not far...

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