Permanent Exhibition

Typical Kaufbeuren

In the permanent exhibition you can trace Kaufbeuren’s development as an urban centre in the Allgäu region, from its beginnings as an Upper Swabian Imperial town to its status as a Bavarian town in the age of industrialisation. Discover what makes Kaufbeuren so unique: its importance as a centre of the textile industry and its post-Reformation religious history.

Crosses and Saints

One of the highlights of the Stadtmuseum is its crucifix collection, numbering some 300 items. Spanning a wide range of epochs and styles, it is one of the most important and comprehensive of its kind in South Germany.

The Good Things in Life

This ensemble of rural parlours was first displayed at the museum location in Kaisergäßchen in 1901 and bears witness to the idealised view of rural life at the turn of the century.

Religious glass paintings

A further highlight is our collection of Protestant reverse-glass paintings. In the second half of the 18th century, Kaufbeuren became a centre for the production of these unusual paintings with their typical Protestant style. Find out why the portrait of Prussian King Frederick the Great, of all people, should have been painted in Kaufbeuren.

With a Sharp Pen

One floor of the museum is dedicated to the famous sons and daughters of the town who made names for themselves in the world of literature. Discover new facets of Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Ludwig Ganghofer, Sophie La Roche and Christian Jakob Wagenseil.


Header: Harald Langer / Stadtmuseum Kaufbeuren
Image on the right side: Stadtmuseum Kaufbeuren

Hinterglasbild mit der Allegorie der Caritas und drei Kindern

The diversity of themes and the refreshing simplicity of the depiction characterise the reverse glass paintings, painted in the second half of the 18th century in Kaufbeuren.

Hinterglasbild: Friedrich der Große in blauem Mantel und mit Dreieckshut auf einem Pferd.