A time-honoured tradition
Have you always wanted to experience how temperatures of 1400 degrees Celsius transform quartz sand into liquid glass? Or would you like to learn more about how tree trunks from the Black Forest were assembled into rafts and transported down the Rhine to Holland? Or would you rather be fascinated by the creepy grimaces that are carved for the Swabian-Alemannic carnival? You don't have to decide, Alpirsbach offers it all.
The Alpirsbacher Offizin
See and experience the world of letterpress printing! The "Alpirsbacher Offizin" was established in honour of Gutenberg. In this historic print shop we show you how letterpress printing works. But you can also plan and carry out your own printing projects with us.
Look forward to:
- the inventions of Johannes Gutenberg
- the faithful replica of a Gutenberg press
- Printing machines, from simple hand presses to high-speed presses (Heidelberger Tiegel) and various typesetting machines (Linotype, Typograph, Monotype)
Every Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. or by appointment
Admission is free, donations are welcome.
Note: Access to the museum is barrier-free.
Further info at: www.alpirsbacher-offizin.de
Alpirsbach glassblowing workshop
Here you can admire the fascinating art of glassblowing live. The traditional Black Forest craft is an impressive spectacle: the skilled glassblowers shape perfect glass objects from red-hot glass masses and drops. For many centuries, the glassblowing guild was one of the most important crafts in the Black Forest. The aim of the Alpirsbacher Glasbläserei is to keep this legacy alive.
Montag bis Freitag 11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
Samstag 10:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr
Sonn-/Feiertage 14:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr
On Mondays, only the sales department is open, the glassblower is not on site.
Note: pre-booking by telephone required for groups; price per person € 1
Further info at: www.glasblaeserei-alpirsbach.de
Raft building in Alpirsbach
Rafting and forestry have a long tradition in Alpirsbach. Industrialisation increased the demand for wood, which made the use of the forests and the timber trade worthwhile. The timber trading privileges in the Kinzig valley were reserved for the Alpirsbach monastery and the shipping communities of Wolfach and Schiltach. The citizens of these shipping communities traded in wood, bought it from the forest farmers and rafted it to the Rhine plain. Records from 1848 show that in Schiltach, for example, more than half of the male population was employed in the timber trade and rafting. In 1894, the last commercial raft sailed down the Kinzig.