Three cheers (again) for the Niederösterreich Card. No, I am not endorsing the NÖ Card in an official capacity, I just can't express my love for the card enough. For a mere €54 per year per person, I am treated to free or deeply discounted access to over 250 castles, palaces, museums, churches, and more across Niederösterreich as well as Burgenland, Öberosterreich, Steiermark and even Wien! The card had already paid for itself sometime in the spring with my outings, so the rest of this year's outs and abouts are gratis. Yay for me!
The Autobahn is usually my preferred roadway between two points around here; though, en route to favorite places in the Czech Republic one must exit the speedway and transit through the Weinviertal, Austria's largest wine region spanning the northeastern part of the country and into wine villages (at the "charming" speed of 30 or 50 kilometers per hour) that resemble this photo from the Internet. I have long been enamored with these villages of stoic structures all in a row, and in looking for something to amuse me and Anna Grace today, we decided to visit an outdoor living wine village museum in nearby Niedersulz. A great decision. We both pronounced it worth our while to visit.
The "village" is a working museum, complete with vines and barn animals. This is a hut used to store various vineyard equipment. They are sprinkled all around the vineyards, including those here in Vienna, but we've not been able to examine one until today. Rakes, hoes, and a family of mice were all we found.
Next up was the barn. Goats and Hungarian sheep smell great on a hot and humid summer day.
A more upscale kitchen, and rather pleasant. Not to mention about six times the size of my kitchen, and I, too, live in an old wine village home.
Now this looks more like my kitchen. ;)
The village school, with a Year 3 class photo of most dour students.
And…the only museum of Anabaptist life in Austria. Anabaptists were a radical reformation group of 16th century Europe, eventually branching into Amish and Mennonites.
So radical were the Anabaptists, in fact, that Anabaptist women who married non-Anabaptist men became prisoners in their own home. Literally. Long chains allowed the women to move inside and out, but they could not leave their home. Because the men who married them were often a bit radical, the men were fine with having the old ball and chain around the house. Okay, then.
On that note…a final view of the village before the afternoon rains chased us home.