Salzburg Open Air Museum, Austria. Some of the homes in the museum date to the 1500s and getting a peek into the interiors is a real treat. Often barns were connected to the homes with animals, feed and equipment within easy access to the living quarters.
A number of rooms had built-in seating along the walls—a practical idea for large families.
When we first moved to Europe we had to get used to the custom of using duvets, generally thick feather, cotton or polyester filled quilts enveloped in an easily removable—and washable—cover. While no top sheets or other bedspreads are needed with a duvet, it took some time to get used to beds looking so different from what we were accustomed to. From the museum's bedrooms, it appears duvets have been used for quite a long time. I've learned to love them for their practicality and comfort. Clean, lightweight and soft they are like sleeping under a cloud. The only drawback it seems are that they trap body heat really well and can be a bit too warm for summer. Still, it's easy to imagine how they would have been very welcome centuries ago during cold winter nights.
The painted furniture on display in some of the rooms are still lovely.