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Modemuseum Schloss Meyenburg

Modemuseum Schloss Meyenburg

Modemuseum Schloss Meyenburg

Address Meyenburg Castle, Schloss 1; 16945 Meyenburg
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Telephone +49 33968 50 89 61
Website http://modemuseum-schloss-meyenburg.de
Time to go Open Tues-Sun 11-17
Cost EUR 7
How to get there

By car, approximately 90 minutes along the A24 (direction Hamburg). By public transport, approximately two and a half to three hours taking the regional train to Pritzwalk, then local train to Meyenburg, EUR 15 each way.

Sure, you’re off to the country but before you start freaking out about the fact that Lanvin don’t do hiking boots, fear not: This trip involves fashion, but only of the finest kind.

About an hour and a half by car outside of Berlin, you’ll find the private vintage collection of Josefine Edle von Krepl, who has amassed over 5,000 pieces of clothing and accessories from the late 1890s to the 1970s. Some ten percent of these are on display at the beautifully restored Meyenburg castle, and it’s all bona fide German finds pulled out of dumpsters, donated by wealthy socialites and rescued in various states of disarray.

As such, you won’t find much in the way of big names and there’s nothing for the boys, but what’s here is almost better; you can find a label bonanza in any big museums, but everything at Meyenburg has been worn and loved, from the heavily beaded flapper-style fashions of the 1920s to the hand-made clothing created during the worst years of the war. Coupled with all the matching accessories from head to toe, as well as period-appropriate furnishings, this feels much more connected to the people who wore them and the times in which they lived, than the usual stiff cultural commentary.

Von Krepl herself lives nearby and can often be found hanging around the exhibit’s two floors, explaining the exact history of every garment like a member of the family, such as her mother’s incredible yellow wedding gown, or a 1930s number in black silk that Grandma almost threw out. Grab a coffee and a slice of homemade cake in the café before you trek back to Berlin.