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Medieval Knight’s Home Houses 350 Musical Instruments in One of Europe’s Most Whimsical Museums

If you’re looking for adventure off the beaten path, then you might Europe’s most whimsical museum, which is is located in a 15th century manor that once belonged to a knight. Inside, you’ll find the manor contains enough musical instruments to be a Gleek’s dream, from tiny music boxes to room-sized organs. The museum is called Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet and it is located in the town of Rüdesheim, Germany. As a popular tourist destination for some river cruise companies, the museum is certainly a site to behold.

A 40-mile drive from Frankfurt, the Museum offers both musical and visual entertainment, all in the setting of one of the most important secular homes of the German Renaissance. The Museum is inside the Brömserhof, a 15th-century knight’s manor. The large home contains a Gothic chapel and detailed paintings inside the main hall. The building and grounds once housed the Brömser family of Rüdesheim, which may date to the 5th and 6th centuries. After the family died out in 1668, the house transferred to Sophie von Coudenhoven.

During this era, the home was painted by many impressive artists. For years, the primary artist, who depicted both naturalistic and religious themes side by side, was only known as JRVWM 1559. In 1980, the artist was revealed as Johannes Ritter von Wetzlar, who is known as Hans Ritter Doring. At the time, Doring was painting in the area, was were several of his students including his son. The walls feature plants, animals and representations of both fantasy and myth. In addition there is a room which features 32 coats of arms on the ceiling vault.

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