Dog lovers have yet another stop to add to their travel bucket lists: the Dackelmuseum (English: Dachshund Museum) in Passau, Germany. The new Dackelmuseum features thousands of fascinating items relating to…yep, you guessed it, the hotdog!
The museum’s two founders, both of whom are dachshund owners themselves, have been collecting memorabilia associated with the wiener dog for years. After two decades of gathering wiener dog wonders, the two florists decided to quit their day jobs and devote all their energy to the Dackelmuseum. Amazingly, it only took the couple a few months to bring this museum from concept to reality.
There are approximately 4,500 dachshund-related items guests can examine in the 80-square meter museum. The collection includes everything from wiener dog adverts and stamps to fine art and porcelain. Some of the more unique items in the Dackelmuseum include a loaf of bread and a huge golden statue – both in the shape of a dachshund, of course.
Staff members hope everyone who walks through the Dackelmuseum will gain a greater appreciation for the dachshund’s long and important role as a hunting dog. More importantly, however, the Dackelmuseum wants everyone to share in the joy dachshunds bring into our lives.
Most dog experts believe Germans began breeding dachshunds in the Medieval Era to help get rid of pesky badgers. Indeed, the name “dachshunds” translates to “badger dog” in English. For it’s various hunting roles, dachshunds are placed in the Hound Group in dog competitions.
According to the American Kennel Club, the dachshund remains one of the world’s most popular breeds. Most dachshunds have a lifespan of between 13-16 years.
Dackelmuseum formally opened to the public on April 2nd. Visitors can find the Dakelmuseum at Große Messergasse 1 near Dom St. Stephan.