Station: [1] The Museum of Fruit at Petershauser Hof

Hello and welcome to everyone who shares our love of fruit. We’re delighted to welcome you here to Rathausplatz in the village of Frickingen, which is home to three museums. It’s also a centre of fruit growing here on Lake Constance. For centuries, orchards and their produce have shaped the landscape and local people‘s lives.

Here in the square outside the town hall, in the centre of the village, stands a listed farmhouse. Its origins date back to the late 16th century. The former threshing floor, cowshed and hayloft now house the Lake Constance district museum of fruit.

Take a closer look at the farmhouse. Its most eye-catching feature is probably the mighty roof, sheltering the building and the various activities that take place here. This structure is one of the oldest single-roof farmhouses in the Lake Constance region. On the left-hand side, you can see the door leading into what was once the living accommodation, with a pair of windows above and another pair below. Today, it’s home to a lively kindergarten.

On the right, a double door gives access to the former threshing floor, where the Museum of Fruit now holds its events. From there, the 18th century former cowshed is on the right. That’s where we provide information about various aspects of fruit growing.

A flight of stairs leads up to the spacious hayloft, which is available for more over-arching presentations. Here, a multimedia production provides information about fruit growing on Lake Constance in general, about fruit varieties, and about the history of this important sector.

That the Lake Constance Museum of Fruit should be located in Frickingen, of all places, is hardly surprising. In the Lake Constance district, the municipality of Frickingen, including the districts of Altheim and Leustetten, is admittedly fairly small. Only about 3,000 people live here. But with around 488 hectares (or twelve hundred acres) of orchards, it’s one of the region’s larger "apple-growing communities". So Frickingen was a natural choice for the site of the Lake Constance Museum of Fruit.

All depictions: © Gemeinde Fricklingen