Germany: Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria

Front view
Front view

General description Doll wearing a Röckli (black dirndl worn by married or older women) with a hat typical of an adult woman from Berchtesgaden.

Dimensions 13.5 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm

Date when acquired 2013

Original Date 1964 Bought in Füssen, Bavaria

Source In a box with Berchtesgarten on it and the name Rosi with the number 82. Present from Anne-Marie. Was given to her by her parents when she was a child.



Plastic doll with painted features. Her blonde hair is divided into two plaits that are woven around the ears and over the back of the head.


Back view
Back view


The doll is wearing a bodice (Mieder) and long full skirt (Rock) made of black silk with a dark blue floral design woven into the material. The bodice has a square neck edged with thin gold lace. This golden lace is also around the bodice’s Juliet sleeves where the puff turns into the straight part of the sleeve. Over her skirt the doll is wearing a pink silk apron tied around the waist. The material is embroidered with pink and white flowers. This same material is used for a pleated yoke (Goller) inserted at the front of her bodice.

Her underwear consist of a pair of long cotton pantaloons with lace around the cuffs. Her white stockings and black low shoes are painted on.

Her black hat (Berchtesgadener Frauenhut) has a golden cord going around the base of the crown with a golden tassel on the left of the crown. The hat is kept on her head by two long black ribbons crossed first around the back of the head and then tied in a large bow at the front.


View showing flat crown and brim of hat with gold cord and tassel
View showing flat crown and brim of hat with gold cord and tassel




Background information

This traditional costume (Trachten) is typical of the Berchtesgaden Provostry, the southern part of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, southern Germany. The provostry includes the towns Berchtesgaden, Bischofswiesen, Marktschellenberg, Ramsau and Schönau am Königssee. Just like the other Bavarian Trachten, this type of costume is relatively young as it was designed in the 19th century by the new societies for traditional costumes (Trachtenvereine).

Source(s) of information (accessed 5 August 2015) (accessed 5 August 2015)

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