Saargau house
This building is a copy of a type of house which was typical for the Trier region, and this is why it is called the "Trier house“. It is a variation on a house type found all over southwest Germany and has the living quarters and livestock shed under one roof. The building was divided longitudinally by an interior wall perpendicular to the roof ridge.

The school toilet from Portz

Next to the Kollig farm there is a very different type of little building, which was discovered by museum staff when clearing out the old school in Portz, southwest of Saarburg. It is a small tiled half-timbered building which was originally designed in the last century as a school toilet.


The well at this point had probably been used for a long time to supply the farm with water. The fountain house, which is still visible today, was built in 1938 as part of the Limes programme and was mainly used to supply water to a medical bunker, which was located in the area of today's playground at the museum entrance and was blown up and buried after the end of the war. However, it was also used to supply water to a large number of bunkers, some of which are still partially preserved.

Lambach pump
For us folklorists the water supply in times gone by is a not insignificant subject. From time immemorial people have had to go to great endeavours to obtain this precious liquid.What is the Lambach pump? - A reciprocating pump, where a large float moved by stream water fed into it drives a plunger into a cylinder above it, which pumps the spring water through a discharge line into an elevated tank.

Freight shed from Konz

The Konz railway station was built in 1860 by a private railway company. It is located on the line Trier-Saarbrücken and has a branch to Luxemburg. In 1878, the construction of the so called „Kanonenbahn“, leading from Koblenz to Trier to Metz, took place. In the course of this construction project, the Karthaus station was built. Subsequently, the two stations were connected with track.

House Stein

History of the house
The house was originally located in Obermenning, about 5 kilometers beeline south of the museum in the so called „Konzer Tälchen“ In the masonry of the building the number 1834 was found, which probably hints at the the year of its construction.

By the summer of 1999 the open air museum had dismantled this stone outbuilding dating from 1734 from the Konz district of Oberemmel. Built into an embankment, the lower floor was used as a ground floor cellar.

Above the house from Obermennig, a dry stone wall was laid out in the summer of 2019 over which a vineyard was planted in the spring of 2000 with the support of the Dr. Frey winery from Kanzem Our museum would like to thank the ecumenical men's group "Ora und Labora" from Konz for their great unpaid commitment to this beautiful project.

Garden belonging to the Saargau house
The garden of the Trier house was planted during 2000/2001 as part of the international "Gardens without frontiers" project. It is bordered with plastered stone walls, the pillars of which have gratings.