I’m not what you would call a “museum person”. Nope, it doesn’t take me hours or days to explore the Louvre in Paris and I don’t visit a city just for the museums.
I do like looking at pretty pictures and have actually found a type of art I like, Impressionism. I also love gazing at glistening gold and shiny gems you find in Crown Jewels! Museums housing vintage cars are another favorite of mine.
So I was a little surprised that while in Freiburg I found a museum I really liked, the Augustiner Museum.
While I was in sunny Freiburg Germany, it rained. So I decided to visit this museum as a way to escape the rain for a bit.
And I’m so glad I did!
Walk in the museum and the very first room you come to smacks you with a first impression you won’t forget! The atrium contains many of the Prophet statues that once stood on top of the Minster that dominates Freiburg. The prophets line the sides of the room and the gargoyles peer down at you from above. This awesome sight left me feeling very small. These statues are huge – 13 feet of stone was standing in front of me! I don’t know where you can get more up close and personal with statues that usually stand so high up on cathedrals.
As you wind your way up the remaining floors of the museum, this atrium remains the focal point. All the other floors are built around this center room so that it seems everything revolves around the sculpture hall. The dramatic design allows visitors to see the statues and gargoyles in a unique perspective.
The former Abbey church has been remodeled into a wonderful museum housing a great collection of medieval art, stained glass from the Minster, carvings, tapestries, gold and silver treasures, a 14th century crucifix, altarpiece by Grunewald and paintings from the 19th century.
While on the top floor make sure to notice the exposed wood beams that are very impressive. The skylights on this floor offer a wonderful natural light to view the art!
The designer has infused the museum with his style which includes a gift for the dramatic! The impressive architecture and interior design work has created the perfect place to enjoy the historically significant pieces on display.
Regardless of how you feel about museums, I think you’ll leave the Augustiner Museum very impressed.
How do you feel about museums?
Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people with the Freiburg Tourist Office! If you need more information on Freiburg, please visit their websites.