At the world's first Bratwurst museum, located in Holzhausen near Arnstadt, you learn all about the history of sausages. The permanent exhibition shows the history, tradition and culture of the German sausage bratwurst, with a special focus on the Thuringian bratwurst.
Visitors will find out everything about pigs, their development from a pet, living indoors, to a wild animal, and also their butchering. Various tools and machines guide you through time and the history of sausage making from the Middle Ages to modern day. Mascot Bratwurststiebitz, a giant sausage in a bun, brings the fun element, that is also important here at the Bratwurst museum. If the visit made you hungry, you can of course go grab a sausage afterwards.
The Bratwurst Museum was opened in Holzhausen in 2006. However, because the premises in Holzhausen have reached their limits with the high number of visitors, the location was given up in spring 2020. The new Bratwurst Museum is located at the city forest of Mühlhausen. Due to the construction being delayed by the Corona pandemic and the terrain being too wet, however, the opening scheduled for May 2020 has been postponed. Until the new opening (probably in mid-2021), the exhibition "Bratwurst Museum on the Road" is located in the hotel "Mühlhäuser Hof" in the historic old town of Mühlhausen.
How to get there
The Bratwurst Museum will soon be located at the Mühlhausen city forest. Mühlhausen (Thuringia) is located between Kassel and Erfurt about 30 kilometers north of Eisenach. From Gotha you drive on the B247 to Bad Langensalza and then follow the road to Mühlhausen. There you turn left onto the B249 in the direction of Eschede. At the edge of the town, turn left to the Stadtwald (city forest).
Until the opening of the new location, part of the exhibition is located in the Hotel Mühlhäuser Hof, in the old town at the corner of Steinweg/Breitenstraße. From the train station it is about 1 kilometer on foot to the hotel.