Museums - Oberes Glantal
Diamond Cutter Museum
An exciting presentation of the historical and economic development of the Palatinate diamond industry awaits you at the Diamond Cutter Museum in Brücken. On special occasions, diamond cutters demonstrate each step in the diamond cutting process. At several fully functional work stations representing different historical and technical periods, they illustrate the transformation of rough diamonds into brilliant gems. True to original replicas of the 35 largest and most important diamonds of the world are displayed. Another attraction is the world’s smallest cut and polished diamond recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
The museum is located along the Diamond Cutter Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
Sunday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Guided tours on request. For group visits please register ahead! For registration please call the museum (Tuesday 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. or Thursday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.) or send them an email.
Bergmannsbauernmuseum – Miner's and Farmer's Museum
Address: Waldmohrer Strasse 32, 66916 Breitenbach
Phone: +49 (6386) 99 99 110 (during opening hours)
With the Miner’s and Farmer’s Museum the Christian scouts created space for the “old things“, where you can see contemporary documents and learn about the life and work of the locals. In former times it was common to work as a miner and farmer at the same time. Other exhibits are Roman finds, ashlar rocks, mining equipment, stones, fossils, and silver coins from the 3rd century. Furthermore, a kitchen from a country mansion, a living room, and a music room are displayed as well as a replica of a mine tunnel. A blacksmith’s shop, true to the original and ready for use, was installed in the inner yard of the museum.
The museum is located along the Bergmannsbauern Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
Wednesday 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
1st Sunday of the month 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m
Special openings on request. Phone: +49 (6386) 5529 or +49 (6373) 5040
Address: Lindenstrasse 3, 66909 Steinbach am Glan
Phone: +49 (6383) 5600 or +49 (6373) 504125
For centuries the community Steinbach am Glan was the center of Jewish life in the southern part of the Kusel district. At times more than 30 percent of the village’s population belonged to the Jewish faith. This historical background was the reason for establishing a Jewish Museum in Steinbach. In addition to a documentation of local Jewish history and social relationships, you will also find a collection of Jewish utility and ritual objects as well as symbols of the Jewish faith.
The museum is located along the Jewish Culture Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
March to November: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 3.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m
Closed December to February
Special openings on request.
Reopening 2022: 06 March 2022
Kirschenland Museum – Museum of Local History
Address: Friedhofstrasse 3, 66903 Altenkirchen
Phone: +49 (6386) 229 or +49 (6386) 5876
On an exhibition space of 120 sqm divided into seven rooms, the museum presents the history of the village of Altenkirchen. The museum is housed in the town hall, which was built around 1823 and served as a primary school for 100 years and as the mayor’s office for a long time. The first of the seven rooms documents the history of the emigrants: From 1830 to 1880 over 1000 people from the Kohlbachtal region emigrated to America. Thus, every second inhabitant of the valley left their home at that time. The second room is dedicated to the “Old Church“, which gives the village Altenkirchen its name, and the 250-years of history of the local school. The further rooms show what village and private life was like at great-grandmother’s time: besides kitchen and household appliances, as well as agricultural tools, the exhibition illustrates how miners, shoemakers, blacksmiths, hairdressers, and diamond grinders worked in the past. At present, the museum is in a state of upheaval. The exhibits will be cataloged and arranged in a new presentation.
The museum is located along the Kirschenland Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
Sunday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (except holidays)
Special openings on request.
Bell Tower Museum - Börsborn
Address: Steinbacher Strasse, 66904 Börsborn
Parking is available at the Bürgerhaus (Hauptstrasse 27) and at the cemetery.
his historical monument was built in 1788. The construction of the tower was an initiative by Countess Marianne von der Leyen (*1745 – †1804). At the same time, another tower of this kind was built in the close-by village of Steinbach am Glan, which houses the Jewish Museum today.
The noble family ‘von der Leyen’, whose former royal residence was Blieskastel, ruled since the 15th century over the “Amt” Münchweiler (today Glan-Münchweiler), to which six other municipalities belonged besides Börsborn. Display boards in the tower provide information about the counts von der Leyen, the Countess Marianne von der Leyen, the “Amt” Glan-Münchweiler, and the municipality of Börsborn.
The tower is the landmark of Börsborn and was built of sandstone. The bell, which hangs at the top of the tower, dates from 1922 and was cast by the foundry Pfeifer in Kaiserslautern. It is assumed that a bell was already in place when the tower was completed. This was melted down in World War II and replaced by a post-war gift from the Protestant church community of Glan-Münchweiler.
The bell used to indicate the time to the rural population working in the fields twice a day: the noon bell at 11 a.m. and the evening bell at 6 p.m. Another important function was the alarm sounding to indicate fire hazards up to the introduction of sirens. The bell is still ringing today when a person from the village passes away – the so-called “sign ringing.” It is also used as a death ring at funerals.
The tower is located along the Hiking Trail Jewish Culture – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!
March to October: Sundays and public holidays, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and by appointment
November to February: By appointment only!
Please contact Klaus Schillo; phone: +49 (6383)1536 or +49(173) 38 84 750
Kulturhaus Kübelberg – Cultural Center
The building complex is more than 300 years old and is under monument protection. Since its renovation in 2011 it is shown in its new splendor. From the old village school, it has changed to the modern cultural center it is today. The permanent exhibition on the upper floor presents the history of the Kübelberg court, including early documentary evidence of the village. Works by the painter Alois Metzger (1889 – 1981), who was born in Kübelberg, are on display in the attic. The barn floor is where various cultural events are hosted throughout the year. In the cozy guest rooms of the adjacent “Barrique” Vinotheque, the team around Christopher Molter will serve you fine wines and selected dishes. A wedding chamber is located on the ground floor. If you would like to tie the knot in this special atmosphere, please contact the Schönenberg-Kübelberg Union Community for further information at 06373 – 504 210.
The Kulturhaus Kübelberg is located along the Ritter Gerin Hiking Trail – stop by for a visit during your hiking tour!