The life from back then

to discover today!

City & Country life 2018-07-20T16:20:06+00:00
The AUTO & TRAKTOR MUSEUM Bodensee is an adventure world for young and old, female and male – the ideal destination on Lake Constance for the whole family. The journey through 100 years of urban and rural life is not just a classic experience for classic car enthusiasts.

Country life & tractors

A journey through the rural life of the last century.

School from back then

In the 1950s, the school was tough, but warm.

At the front, next to the board, was the infamous cane. If necessary, there were blows. If you answered the teacher, you had to get up. No kid closes in the classroom, you did not sit in front of the TV until late at night. Likewise, alcohol or drug problems were unknown, and although no one knows why, the girls did not get pregnant.

In the village one taught usually in unit classes, that is several vintages were summarized in a class. The teaching was therefore difficult.

The good old iron

“Everything was better in the old days” – really?

Already 2000 years ago, the Chinese ironed their silk dresses with the help of an iron pan, in which glowing coals lay. From the 15th century it was common to heat a metal or cast iron plate with handle on the stove. If the stove was not fueled, the little ‘Kochhexe’ was also enough. It was even easier to heat the ‘ox tongue’ – this is a piece of iron that has been inserted directly into the iron. More dangerous and more intelligent, however, was the iron with the change handle. When the iron was not hot enough, put it down on the stove, release the handle, and pick up another hot iron. In the twentieth century, in addition to the ancient coal-iron with red-hot coal, there were also iron and gas powered by iron.

The shoemaker

From the wood block to the comfortable shoe.

The wood shoemaker was originally not a craft and no independent guild. Only in the last century he became a classical teaching profession. It is hard to believe, but the heyday of the clog-maker was between 1939 and 1955. The general shortage of raw materials during and after the war helped them to make a real boom in demand.

School from back then

In the 1950s, the school was tough, but warm.

At the front, next to the board, was the infamous cane. If necessary, there were blows. If you answered the teacher, you had to get up. No kid closes in the classroom, you did not sit in front of the TV until late at night. Likewise, alcohol or drug problems were unknown, and although no one knows why, the girls did not get pregnant.

In the village one taught usually in unit classes, that is several vintages were summarized in a class. The teaching was therefore difficult.

The good old iron

“Everything was better in the old days” – really?

Already 2000 years ago, the Chinese ironed their silk dresses with the help of an iron pan, in which glowing coals lay. From the 15th century it was common to heat a metal or cast iron plate with handle on the stove. If the stove was not fueled, the little ‘Kochhexe’ was also enough. It was even easier to heat the ‘ox tongue’ – this is a piece of iron that has been inserted directly into the iron. More dangerous and more intelligent, however, was the iron with the change handle. When the iron was not hot enough, put it down on the stove, release the handle, and pick up another hot iron. In the twentieth century, in addition to the ancient coal-iron with red-hot coal, there were also iron and gas powered by iron.

The shoemaker

From the wood block to the comfortable shoe.

The wood shoemaker was originally not a craft and no independent guild. Only in the last century he became a classical teaching profession. It is hard to believe, but the heyday of the clog-maker was between 1939 and 1955. The general shortage of raw materials during and after the war helped them to make a real boom in demand.

City life & automobiles

150 cars and motorcycles are waiting to be discovered.

Living in the Wilhelminian era

Show that you have achieved something.

A typical living room of the epoch, which was also called Wilhelminian era. It was the time after the founding of the German Empire, which is characterized by general optimism and many start-ups. The furniture from this period style pluralism, i. Many different styles of art were imitated and used in decors. The ascending bourgeoisie also wanted to show in the living room that they had achieved something.

Camping

Bella Italia was the best seller.

With increasing prosperity in the 1950s, the desire to travel in one’s own country and in the distance developed in Germany. Particularly popular was the cheap holiday option, namely the camping – on the North Sea, in the Sauerland or on Lake Constance. Very quickly, the country with pasta and papagalli in popularity, Bela Italia was the hit in the 50s. The trunk was usually full of provisions and jars with tent and other equipment, for clothing was not much space, in principle, you needed only the swimming trunks.

Watching TV

Television with coin slot.

In the mid-20s, the first broadcast of a television program took place in Germany. It was more of an attempt, but already in 1935 a regular television program was broadcast. In the German Reich there were then plans for the development of a Volksfernsehers, which should be offered for all affordable for 650 Reichsmark. The Second World War made sure that this project was put on ice. After the war, the regular television program was resumed in 1952. However, a TV cost 1000 DM and was extremely expensive. Therefore, it was commonplace at that time, that in the block of flats only a common TV was purchased or there were TVs that worked with coin, so that no purchase costs incurred. In the following years, the distribution has progressed rapidly, today own 95% of households a television. Two interesting figures on television consumption: In 1992, the average television consumption per person per day in the Federal Republic was 158 minutes; 2017 already 233 minutes, which is almost four hours.

Living in the Wilhelminian era

Show that you have achieved something.

A typical living room of the epoch, which was also called Wilhelminian era. It was the time after the founding of the German Empire, which is characterized by general optimism and many start-ups. The furniture from this period style pluralism, i. Many different styles of art were imitated and used in decors. The ascending bourgeoisie also wanted to show in the living room that they had achieved something.

Camping

Bella Italia was the best seller.

With increasing prosperity in the 1950s, the desire to travel in one’s own country and in the distance developed in Germany. Particularly popular was the cheap holiday option, namely the camping – on the North Sea, in the Sauerland or on Lake Constance. Very quickly, the country with pasta and papagalli in popularity, Bela Italia was the hit in the 50s. The trunk was usually full of provisions and jars with tent and other equipment, for clothing was not much space, in principle, you needed only the swimming trunks.

Watching TV

Television with coin slot.

In the mid-20s, the first broadcast of a television program took place in Germany. It was more of an attempt, but already in 1935 a regular television program was broadcast. In the German Reich there were then plans for the development of a Volksfernsehers, which should be offered for all affordable for 650 Reichsmark. The Second World War made sure that this project was put on ice. After the war, the regular television program was resumed in 1952. However, a TV cost 1000 DM and was extremely expensive. Therefore, it was commonplace at that time, that in the block of flats only a common TV was purchased or there were TVs that worked with coin, so that no purchase costs incurred. In the following years, the distribution has progressed rapidly, today own 95% of households a television. Two interesting figures on television consumption: In 1992, the average television consumption per person per day in the Federal Republic was 158 minutes; 2017 already 233 minutes, which is almost four hours.

Did you know that…

… in the spring of 2017 the collection of Fritz B. Busch was integrated into our museum? The Bodensee Tractor Museum, which opened in 2013 and has since become very popular, was supplemented by a car museum and has since become known as AUTO & TRAKTOR MUSEUM BODENSEE.

  • barrier-free access

  • family friendly
  • for groups
  • dogs allowed
  • free parking
  • open tue - sun | 10.00 - 17.00 (off-season)