Kathe Kruse Doll Museum, Donauworth, Germany
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Kathe Kruse Doll Museum, Donauworth, Germany

December 2, 2018
Type Museum
Location Pflegstrase 21A, 86609,  Donauworth, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Getting thereTrain: railway junction with a direct connection to Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Ulm, Regensburg.
Car:B 16; B 2; B 25 (Romantic Route); A 8 (Augsburg); A 7 (Gunzburg)
Opening HoursOctober to April:
Thursday – Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm
May to September:
Tuesday – Sunday – 11 am to 6 pm
25. December to 6. January:
daily 2 pm to 5 pm Open on public holidays
closed: Dec 24th and Good Friday
TicketsAdult – 2,50 €
Children under 6 – free
Children, students, handicapped persons – 1,50 €
Seniors and groups (10 persons minimum) – 2,00 € per person
Student groups – 1,00 €
Family ticket – 4,50 €
Official siteSite
What to see in Donauworth
  • Reichstrasse –the main street in the old town
  • Gothic church Liebfrauenmünster
  • Tanzhaus
  • Fuggerhaus 
  • Reichsstadtbrunnen (a fountain)
  • Baroque monastery church Heilig Kreuz with famous cross particle
  • Deutschordenshaus; confluence of Danube and (Donauspitz)
  • Mangoldfelsen and Zaubergeigenbrunnen in the promenade
  • Ried island
  • Archeological Museum
  • Haus der Stadtgeschichte (house of the town history)
  • Werner-Egk-Begegnungsstätte (meeting place)
  • Museum of local history
  • Communal art gallery

Donauworth has a population of about 18 000 and is nicely located on the Danube and on “Romantic Road”   The composer Werner Egk was born in Donauwörth and a fountain has been dedicated to him on his 90th  birthday.
If you are the active type ask at the local tourist office (Verkehrsamt) for detailed information.

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Donauworth’s Kathe-Kruse-Doll-Museum shows over 150 dolls, mannequins, and dollhouse dolls by the famous doll artist Kathe Kruse (1883 – 1968). How it all began It was Christmas 1905 when Kathe Kruse´s daughter Maria, also called “Mimerle”, asked for a doll as a Christmas present. She longed for a doll she could hug and cuddle and care for, a doll-like a real baby. Her father, the famous sculptor Max Kruse, went to all Berlin´s stores in order to find such a doll, but all the dolls he saw were stiff, cold porcelain dolls. He thought that such dolls could never awaken motherly feelings in his daughter and so he told Kathe Kruse to design her own doll. She started with an exact idea in her mind: the doll should be warm, soft, and also a little bit heavy to carry. She took a soft towel, filled it with sand, and finally took a potato as a head. The first doll was born! Mimerle instantly fell in love with it, played with it, and carried it around all day long. But after a few days, the knots got loose, the sand came out and the potato developed a very unpleasing smell. Inspired by her daughter´s love for that first little doll, Kathe Kruse decided to develop her doll making skills and went on creating dolls for all her children. At that time, she never would have dreamt that this was the beginning of a worldwide career! (Source: Site)

Today, the dolls at the Kathe Kruse Manufactory in Donauworth are still made by hand. The bodies are either made with muslin and stuffed with reindeer hair or have an inner wire skeleton covered with tricot knitting. The heads are made of fabric, papier maché or polystyrene, and hand-painted. Many have wigs knitted from real hair or mohair. Over the years, Kathe’s daughter and successor, Hanne Adler-Kruse, introduced new items made of velour or terrycloth for babies.

Kathe Kruse Doll Museum, Donauworth, Germany

In 1990, the company was sold to Andrea and Stephen Christenson, who maintained the company’s traditions. In 2013, the firm was acquired by Hape Holding AG of Lucerne.

Kathe Kruse Doll Museum, Donauworth, Germany

In Donauworth, there is a Kathe-Kruse-Puppenmuseum. Permanent exhibitions may be found at the “Romanisches Haus” in Bad Kosen.