Karpatendeutsche Kulturwerk

The Karpatendeutsche Kulturwerk in Karlsruhe is the central and comprehensive cultural institute for all Carpathian Germans in Slovakia. The Museum Library Archive is impressive.

It represents the share of Germans in the history and culture of Slovakia and strives to secure, preserve, present, and further develop the Carpathian German cultural heritage of Slovakia.

The Kulturwerk is a non-profit, registered association. With the help of the City of Karlsruhe, it maintains the Carpathian German Museum, an extensive library, and an archive in the Karlsburg in Karlsruhe-Durlach. These facilities are available to interested parties and visitors.

The Museum

The Museum of the Carpathian German Cultural Work Slovakia is located in the vicinity of the municipal Pfinzgaumuseum in Karlsruhe. The opening hours are:

Karlsburg Palace (Schloss Karlsburg) in Karlsruhe-Durlach:
Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm
Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

Guided tours are offered for groups and didactic material is available for students. The purchase of an attractive and extensive guide by the museum is recommended. Many of the museum's objects that are not permanently on display are presented on a screen.

The following focal points are highlighted in five rooms:

Room 1: Historical overviews, current photos

Room 2: Former German settlement areas and their peculiarities:
- Bratislava and its surroundings
- The Hauerland and Central Slovakia
- Zips (Spis) and Eastern Slovakia
Mining and its European significance.

Room 3: Folklore (traditional costumes, household effects)

Room 4: Visual arts and architecture (Romanesque to the present day,
the work of Master Paul of Leutschau). Handicrafts. Old prints and manuscripts, literature until 1945. Musicians and composers. Important personalities and educational institutions.

Room 5: End of the war - reconstruction - bridges to the future.
Carpathian German literature after 1945, new acquisitions (publications).

The Library

Since 2017, the library of the Carpathian German Cultural Work Slovakia is located in the Heinrich-Hübsch-Schule, Alte Weingartner Straße 41, 76227 Karlsruhe-Durlach, Phone: 0721-15 17 44 01.

The library was established as a reference library with an author and a subject catalog for research projects, scientific work, and educational purposes. An online catalog is in progress. Unfortunately, it is not possible to use the catalog on site without making an appointment. The library can be reached by telephone during school hours in Baden-Württemberg on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Written inquiries are generally possible, but research costs must be billed. Short inquiries by e-mail are still free of charge.

Almost exclusively publications are available which deal with the history and culture of Slovakia and, for historical reasons, also with neighboring countries, whereby the Carpathian-German portion forms the emphasis. Furthermore, works with various themes have been included, the authors of which are Carpathian Germans. These include publications in Slovak, Magyar, Czech, Polish and English.

The continuously updated collection is divided into thirteen sections. The library contains about 5000 volumes. These include encyclopedias and handbooks, historical, folkloristic and local studies, as well as numerous art-historical, cultural-historical, and geographical works, which are supplemented by an extensive collection of monographs on cities and towns. The collection includes numerous current periodicals. Efforts are currently underway to compile a comprehensive bibliography of all Carpathian German literature. See also this post about the Museum of Carpathian German Culture in Bratislava.

The Archive

The archive of the Carpathian German Cultural Work Slovakia (Karpatendeutsche Kulturwerk Slowakei) is located in the rooms of the library and partly in the depot on the Karlsburg in Karlsruhe-Durlach. The collection areas and the access possibilities correspond to those of the library.

The estates of some important Carpathian German scientists, publicists, and entrepreneurs with numerous excerpts from difficult to access sources are valuable. They are accessible through finding aids.

The written material, divided into twenty sections and cataloged, also contains valuable old documents dating back to the 17th century. Photos, postcards, and printing plates are also available.

Examples of dialects, folk music, as well as works by Carpathian-German composers and pictures of life are available on cassettes and records. The collection is supplemented by video films of various provenances.

Study trips to Slovakia

Slovakia is an exceptionally beautiful, varied, and interesting country. Rarely in Central Europe do landscape and nature, architecture and fine arts, as well as the evidence of a multi-ethnic past, combine to form such a unique symbiosis as here.

The great capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is all the more remarkable because this old-new country, slowly awakening from its Sleeping Beauty sleep, is still untouched by mass tourism and really has something to offer for every visitor. Not least by the people whose warm, sincere hospitality has been proverbial and remains so to this day.

In order to bring this beautiful country closer to all those interested, the Karpatendeutsche Kulturwerk Slowakei in Karlsruhe and the Karpatendeutsche Landsmannschaft Slowakei in Stuttgart organize trips to Slovakia when there is sufficient demand. Some Carpathian German local communities still offer trips to their former settlement areas.

Karpatendeutsche Kulturwerk
Rintheimer Street 36
D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany