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What has the term "quality of life" meant to people down through the ages, and how have they sought to achieve it? Access to fresh water was a basic prerequisite for the survival of all who had come to settle down somewhere. The well of Erkelenz-Kückhoven, the largest Neolithic wooden well in the world, aided people in fetching water easily more than 7,300 years ago during the so-called Age of Linear Pottery. The discovery of bronze production, and later iron, expanded the possibilities for producing valuable tools, jewelry, and weapons. Arm bracelets made of glass were already known to the Celts: the Romans brought the know-how for producing artistic glass vessels to the Rhineland. Rare pieces such as the silver "wedding beaker" from Xanten, which most likely stems from the Roman Imperial dynasty, expresses man's desire for luxurious surroundings. Findings from Niederungsburg castle near Haus Meer show how people in the early Middle Ages lived and worked on a small aristocratic estate.


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299

Opening Hours Museum

TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed

Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.

Opening Hours Library

MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.