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

  • Bayan Ghaith
    5 months ago
    The place is perfect for the ones who are interested in archeology. But for me it was not so amusing as it was part of my day trip within a group. The entrance fee is around 12 Euros
  • Anagha Raj
    4 months ago
    Amazing place. A place to be visited. The view is great. Best for taking many pictures. Kids can have fun in the playground just outside the museum.
  • Peter Chiverton
    6 months ago
    At present costs €12 for an adult ticket, having just visited today I think it’s good value to see such great history that is well maintained.
  • Alessandro Vitale
    10 months ago
    A place where long passed places come to life and try to mimic what has been. Recommendable for all ages and archeology enthusiasts.
  • patty hou
    a year ago
    Unteruhldingen is a very beautiful city, where you can visit the Pfahlbauten Museum, a World Heritage Site. There you can see the wooden houses on the water where early humans lived and you can walk on them. On the moving line, you can see their food, clothing, shelter and transportation. It takes about an hour to visit and then you can take a boat to other cities on Lake Konstanz.

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