The Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen is a museum in the town of Unterhuldingen. The town is famous for its historically lake dwelling museum. In the German language called “Pfahlbaumuseum”. The town situates on the north bank at Bodensee in south Germany. The lake also named “Lake Constance” in English. The museum is a collection of dwellings. All collected from the Lake Constance region.
Today, the houses rebuilt as a museum. The houses raised on piles right on the waterfront. All houses reconstructed buildings. Some with a history of more than six thousand years. The lake bordered by three countries, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Above all, the lake is one of the biggest lakes in Europe.
With enormous effort and dedication of a group of enthusiastic people, rebuilt the houses to their original design from thousands of years ago.
During the ice age, the Rhine Glacier shaped the Rhine valley and the lake. Today, the river Rhine crosses the lake from southeast to northwest. The source of the Rhine River locates in canton Graubuenden in the eastern Alps of Switzerland. Dwellings around Lake Constance exist for a very long time.
Beginning in 1922 with two houses only the dwelling grew up to more than twenty houses. The houses erected on piles above the shoreline to protect from flooding water. That’s only one theory. In addition, trading routes, easier fishing or protection for enemies are other explanations. The lakeshore and all houses connected by footbridges. The houses, footbridge and piles made only from wood. While reed used to covers the roof.
The Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen is an open-air museum. Nicely decorated and well designed. Living rooms, kitchens as well as sleeping areas or working areas impressively replicated. Until now, however, a lot of opinions and interpretations exist about the Stone Age villages around Lake Constance.