Closure due to COVID 19 pandemic

Due to the rising 7-day incidence in the district of Tübingen, the Diözesanmuseum Rottenburg will close again from Good Friday, 2 April 2021 until further notice. Interested visitors have the opportunity to gain insights into the current special exhibition “In our Earth. Grave finds of the early Middle Ages in the Southwest”. The treasures from the Sülchen church will also continue to be presented in video sequences.

New digital offerings of the Diocesan Museum

In the course of the ongoing lockdown, numerous lectures and guided tours of the Diözesanmuseum cannot currently take place as face-to-face events. The museum is therefore offering new online formats.

Dr Martina Terp-Schunter will open the series with an online lecture on gold-leaf crosses as signs of faith on 7 March 2021, at 3 pm. Terp-Schunter will discuss the various beliefs in the 6th and 7th centuries in another contribution. The lecture by PD Dr Lukas Werther will deal with the development of landscape, agriculture and nutrition in the Early Middle Ages. Finally, Dr Beate Schmid will talk about the settlement of Sülchen, its early church and its development.

The museum events that are independent of the special exhibition will also be made available online in the coming weeks. For example, the content of the lecture “Burden or Enrichment? Dealing with ecclesiastical art heritage” by Dr Melanie Prange in a chapel talk. This is available as a recording.

Short contributions on works of art in the Sülchen church shed light on the long history of the venerable site.

The museum thus opens its doors digitally and allows multifaceted insights into current questions and new research.

Please check the museum’s homepage for the latest information.

Speakers / Topics:

Dr. Martina Terp-Schunter (Head of the vhs Mühlacker and the Museums of the City of Mühlacker)
“Everything in flux – worlds of belief in the 6th and 7th centuries”.
The terms “ancient”, “Germanic” or “Christian” express the field of tension between the historical as well as religious influences in the region of the Upper Gaeuse, because the early Middle Ages in particular were characterised by several beliefs that sometimes overlapped or were practised in parallel. Faith was constantly redefining itself: both in its lived forms and in the resulting archaeological traces.
Recording available.

PD Dr. Lukas Werther (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology, Department of Medieval Archaeology)
“From the Field to the Table – Archaeological Research Perspectives on Landscape, Agriculture and Food in Southwest Germany in the Early and High Middle Ages”.
The development of landscape, agriculture and nutrition is a central field of research in medieval archaeology. However, not only archaeological sources, but also bio- and geo-archives allow manifold insights into this complex of topics so essential for early and high medieval man. In the lecture, central results and developments in south-west Germany will be shown, but also new methods and research questions will be presented and their relevance for the present will be highlighted.
Online lecture, 11 April 2021, 3 p.m.
Please register for this by 8 April via our booking system under the heading “Exhibitions” or by e-mail (

Dr. Beate Schmid (State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in the RP Stuttgart, Department 84.2)
“Sülchen – Church and Village”
Date and format to be announced.

Dr. Melanie Prange (Director of the Diocesan Museum, Diocesan Conservator)
Chapel talk:
“Burden or enrichment? Dealing with ecclesiastical art heritage”.
Recording available.

“Sülchen’s treasures”
Andrea Bachmann M.A., Matthias Raidt Dipl.-Theol. / M.A., Jörg Widmann M.A., Matthias Reuter
Online from now on.

Public tours and events

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

Dates: usually Sunday, 2.30 p.m.

Registration: currently required

Admission fee: 5 euros per person (children up to 12 years free). Please have the entrance fee ready on site.

Meeting point: Main portal of the Sülchen church.

Note: We ask for your understanding that all events are announced subject to further developments in the course of the Corona pandemic.

Sülchen has served as a burial site for about 1,500 years. The finds discovered during the most recent archaeological excavations (2011-2017) are outstanding evidence of Christian piety – from the Early Middle Ages to the Baroque.

The church (mid-15th century) also derives its significance from its use as an episcopal burial ground since 1869. The historic crypt was abandoned in the course of the last restoration, thus making the remains of two predecessor buildings (around 1000 / 1120/30) accessible to visitors.

The new crypt – a prayer room built in rammed earth under the church longhouse – was designed by the Bregenz architectural firm of Cukrowicz Nachbaur. The appeal of the architecture lies in the tension between the contemporary aesthetics and the deep historical and religious symbolism.

The Diocesan Museum makes the historical significance and the variety of uses of Sülchen tangible in an annual special guided tour programme. Children should also be able to experience the richness of the place in a vivid way. Therefore, the museum also offers special dates for our young visitors.

We invite you to a virtual tour

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