It is not just the historical surroundings that will make you feel as if you are going on a journey back through time. The little shops are charmingly laid out, and there is always someone on hand to help you. Many of the products on offer are made in the traditional manner and are typical of the region. If you are looking for a gift, a souvenir of your visit to the museum, delicacies from Hesse or simply some information, you will find everything in the market square.
Doing a spot of shopping in the market square is a special experience and combines well with an excursion around the Hessenpark. You can go round the entire museum site with your entry ticket (sticky label), visit the shops and the museum’s facilities around the market square.
If you are coming to the marketplace just to shop or for a bite to eat, entry to this part of the site is free of charge (except for a few times during the year). The market square is not free of charge during the plant markets in May and September or when the Advent market is held.
During the winter months from November to February, the Open Air Museum is open on the weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many of the shops are open on these days, and some are open during the week. You can find out the precise winter opening times for individual shops on the relevant web page.
If you detect the delicious smell of fresh bread wafting across the marketplace, then you can be sure that it comes from Peter Schäfer’s bakery. Here bread is produced in the traditional manner: from sour dough prepared on site and baked in a stone oven over a century old. Crisp bread rolls, delicious cakes and pastries are also made here. And they are only available at the Hessenpark Open Air Museum.
Making brushes is a traditional craft for the Hintz family. The practice of this trade is now in the third generation. The offering in their shop is unbelievably large – there are brushes in every conceivable shape, and made of different materials to clean and brush everything. They make them for housework, the kitchen, personal grooming and even for dolls’ houses. And they use only natural products in their brushes.
High-quality jewellery from Hesse is for sale in our goldsmith’s shop. You can look over the shoulder of our goldsmith, Marcel Schweer, as he produces items of jewellery in the open workshop. And what’s more, you can make your own jewellery in the courses on offer.
Fine Hessian cuisine at Hessenpark is the name of Andrea Kömpel’s shop. All manners of Hessian delicacies and souvenirs are on offer. They’re either handcrafted or produced in small, artisanal workshops. Kömpel, a true gourmet, has only chosen products she enjoys herself.
If you want to take a memento of your wonderful visit to Hessenpark home with you, you are sure to find something appropriate in the museum shop in the entrance building. There is charcoal, and other products from our demonstrations, publications accompanying current exhibitions in the museum, the popular organic tinned German saddleback sausage and all kinds of items with the well-known Hessenpark logo. The range is rounded off by literature from Hesse and souvenirs.
In the herb shop on the market square, you will find a wide selection of dried organic herbs and other organic products to enjoy and help you look after your health. The varied offering ranges from different types of tea to confectionary all the way to beauty products and books on herbs. The inviting book section will entice you to linger and browse a while.
The market shop is just the place to visit if you think of buying a snack or a souvenir for someone at home. The Emmerich family has a large selection of fruit spirits and sausage specialities for those who love best quality regional delicacies. Egg products from the Wetterau, natural honey, confectionary and fresh fruit from Ockstadt round off the range on offer.
Here you will find high-quality wooden toys, games, decorative items and of course “Schawellsche”, the southern Hessian dialect for stool. Some of the products are made in carpentry workshops in Oberursel by disabled people.
The owner, Kathrin Franz, offers good quality, timeless, folklore fashion in her Trachten shop selling traditional attire. There is a wide selection of smart dirndls and robust lederhosen. And many a bride has also found the perfect dress for her big day here.