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The Doubrava Open-Air Folk Museum

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The village Doubrava near Lipová is a rural monument reserve with a unique group of half-timbered folk architecture of the Cheb type, dating to the 18th and 19th centuries.


The village of Doubrava was established at the beginning of the 14th century and represents a typical medieval colony settlement. After the Second World War, the former German population was expelled. A new population, primarily Czech, was moved into the village. However, in the 1950s, in the era of collectivisation and the Cold War, it, too, was forced to leave Doubrava. The buildings were thus abandoned for several years. It was not until after 1968 that the farmhouses were again purchased, primarily by cottagers who used them for recreational purposes. It was thanks to them that the farmhouses retained their original appearance, as there was no need to modernise them for agricultural production.

The largest number of preserved half-timbered Cheb farmhouses in one location is thus found in Doubrava, and so it was declared a rural monument reserve in 1996. It is a typical example of Cheb folk architecture, with the oldest preserved half-timbered farmhouse dating to 1751. Today, on its premises, you will find the Museum of Agriculture and Village Life. The farmhouse is a four-sided enclosed half-timbered court and is also known as Rustler Farmhouse. The exhibit of agricultural tools, farm and household tools, and Cheb folk furniture of the 18th to 20th centuries will turn back the time to centuries past for visitors.

The countryside, with trees older than 300 years, is ideal not only for weekend rest and relaxation, but also for active sports or hiking.