Ecomusée d’Alsace, Ungersheim, France
The largest open-air museum in France, the Ecomusée d’Alsace recreates an entire Alsatian village from about 100 to 150 years ago. Enter old homes filled with the furniture, clothing, and other household items of yesteryear. Wander through beautiful gardens, where you may spot storks nesting on housetops or a gaggle of geese along a footpath. Enjoy demonstrations by a blacksmith or potter, and ride in a boat or horse-drawn wagon.
Kommern Open Air Museum, Kommern, Germany
The Kommern Open Air Museum celebrates Germany’s storied people in recreated clusters of historical buildings and even an old marketplace. Reenactors take on the roles of peasant, cartwright, mousetrap peddler, blacksmith, and others who discuss their trades with you. You can smell fresh-baked bread as it emerges from a wood-fired oven, greet farmstead animals, and see what local residents grew in their gardens in times past. A restaurant serves regional dishes from the Eifel, Westerwald, Bergisches Land, and Lower Rhine.