Typical Types of Houses

The Village-Museum is laid out in the form of a row-village. It shows a traditional form of settlement set along a stream going back to the year 1000 AD. The houses along Village Street (“Dorfstraße”) are rectangular in shape. They consist of a housing unit, a stable, an oblong shed and an out-building which also delineates the back side of the piece of property.



The Streckhof, a long and straight type, is the original form of houses at Weinviertel. The gabled side of the house faces the street. The rooms are laid out next to each other under one roof, so each can be entered from the outside of the building.

The Zwerchhof, an “L-shaped” type of house, included a larger Streckhof-type structure with an adjacent row of stalls for livestock, each stall facing out onto a covered walkway. This is how the L-shaped floor plan developed.

The Doppelhakenhof, U-shaped, lit. double-hook type of house, is a further development from the Zwerchhof. A large shed is attached to the row of stalls, creating a U-shaped floor plan.

Kleinhäuslerhaus – lit. small house owned by a Person: This house is significantly younger than the classic styles of houses. It was the home of lower levels of society and often consisted of only one structure. It looks like the main part of a farmhouse.