Exhibition "Bed and Breakfast! Vacation in the countryside"

After the Second World War, it became possible for large parts of the population to go on holiday. This fundamentally changed tourism and new guest capacities had to be created.

The special exhibition at the Muesum Niederösterreich in St. Pölten highlights the phases and rituals of vacationing: These range from planning and departure to the choice of transportation, arrival and stay, and storing one’s memories in the form of pictures and souvenirs. This raises questions of which life circumstances determine who goes on vacation and how, and who perhaps has little or no opportunity to travel?

These holiday practices are told from the point of view of both the guests and hosts. Questions about the future of summer vacations are also addressed: Can we speak of a trend towards climate-friendly local vacations? Are we facing a rediscovery of the “Sommerfrische” – getting out to the countryside?



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