Biedermeier in the Bad Stebener Hof

Every two years, the "Biedermeier" family organizes a festival in Bad Steben, to which participants also travel from far away. The aim and purpose of the festival is to make Bad Steben and the region better known. The festival takes place in the listed spa gardens and at the small state spa with its historical backdrop.

Biedermeier describes a bourgeois culture that was established in the first half of the 19th century. Century arose. In the Biedermeier era, private and family life was cultivated to a completely new extent, with the emphasis on domestic happiness within one's own four walls. The term living room was invented in the Biedermeier era, because in the living rooms, conviviality was cultivated in the form of coffee parties, regulars tables or house music.


In the Biedermeier era, women's fashion became a little simpler and visibly more uncomfortable after the previous Empire. The waist was clearly emphasized by the corset and hoop skirt. The sleeves of the day dresses after the 1820s became so voluminous that they were a hindrance when playing the piano (one of the most important leisure activities of ladies). The sleeves were called ham or mutton leg sleeves.

In the Biedermeier era, the typical headgear for ladies was the barge. The barge is a hat-like bonnet which was used until the middle of the 19th century. Century was carried. In the front a broad brim, which became narrower towards the neck, under the chin the bonnet was tied together with broad bands. The barge was made of different materials depending on the season and demand.

The model for men's fashion of the Biedermeier era was the dandy - with a laced wasp waist. The shirts had a patricide collar that constricted the neck. For this the Lord wore long pantheons and striped or flowered vests. A cylinder served as headgear. Important details were ties, walking stick, gloves and a lorgnon.