If you are into Camping and Caravaning, you might already know Hymer, the south-german manufacturer for mobile homes. They already started in 1923 and the Erwin Hymer Museum in Bad Waldsee, between Ravensburg and Bieberach in southern Germany, opened back in 2011. Erwin Hymer Museum isn’t just displaying their own story, it’s also a timeline in travel- and automobile-history. With more than 80 exhibited trailers and cars you get a scoop into Travel in the 1950’s and compared to nowadays sizes of cars and trailers, everything was so so tiny! Now follow my tour around the museum, which is thanks to it’s extravagant architecture not to miss if you’re driving by, with the following pictures.
The Tour around the Erwin Hymer Museum Bad Waldsee starts with the early beginning of Travel. As seen from the German view with conquering the Alps, climbing them, in the form of walking up the exhibition with 15 % rise, to arrive at the upper deck. Already there you pass some motor homes and classic cars like a Volkswagen Käfer with a Sportberger G2 from 1946. Unfortunately the information boards are in German only. As a non German-understanding human you can at least decode what’s written on right side of these boards, like when they were built or the year of production.
The 6,000 square meter exhibition area is divided in several parts, by themes. Like the Alps, Italy, the Desert or Ice. What is, still, quite surprising is that the exhibited caravans or motor homes don’t display the History of Hymer itself, you even rarely find one by Hymer. The Erwin Hymer Museum in Bad Waldsee is rather a mixture of several models, and the most are loans from the owners or other manufacturers.
What was missing were some 2015’s motor homes. Till the end of the museum you’ve seen so many models from the past almost 100 years, but if you don’t have any own experience with camping or caravaning you’d really like to see how they look like today. But even the Erwin Hymer Museum writes on their Homepage “undertake a unique tour of discovery through the history, the present and the future of mobile travelling” the present and the future are missing… how bad. Plus, the admission fee of 9,50 Euro per adult is pretty high so I won’t visit the museum again. Now after visiting the museum I’d be willing to pay around 5,50 Euro, or a maximum of 6,00, per entry and not more.
For further automobile museums in Germany, check out the Wikipedia Page or my overview of Automobile Museums in Switzerland.
Address and Opening Hours: Erwin Hymer Museum Bad Waldsee (Germany)
The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, thursdays until 9 pm.
The entry closes one hour prior closing.
ERWIN HYMER MUSEUM
88339 Bad Waldsee
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