Ars Krippana

The largest crib exhibition in Europe

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A miracle world of nativity scene art at all times of the year

Heavenly sounds are in the air, sparkling stars shine in the firmament - enjoy the quiet grace of a very special crib exhibition. With more than 2500 m2 in an awe-inspiring atmosphere, the ArsKrippana is one of the largest and most impressive collections in Europe. Let yourself be enchanted by wonderful nativity scene art and traditional craftsmanship from over 60 countries - and not only at Christmas.

Crib art from all over the world - a voyage of discovery through times and cultures -

We invite you on a magical journey through different continents to discover the tradition of the crib that has developed all over the world. Each country has its own characteristics, beliefs, influences and cultural rules:

All these elements flow into the different prospects in the representation of Christ's birth.

A thousand ideas for a single theme!

For many centuries, this popular tradition has been tirelessly kept alive. From the African nativity scenes to the Spanish one's, passing an Asian Child Jesus, and not to forget the provençal santons (nativity figures). We want to preserve a contemporary and multicultural view of the nativity scene!

Experience a multitude of different exhibits, including important landscape cribs, mechanical cribs, a large windmill crib, a crib of the pope, one with animated animals as well as entire landscapes and scenarios with cribs from all over the world including an outdoor crib with live animals.

Can not one see in all these works the symbol of a united family, a haven of peace and togetherness, where everyone feels full of confidence and security? The stable, the grotto, which is the shelter that protects the intimacy of the family.

A universal and timeless structure.

How it all began - One of the largest nativity scene exhibitions in Europe!

The history of the ArsKrippana "began" as early as 1912, when the great-grandfather of today's operator opened the railway line to Losheim at this very location. Over the years a railway station and an inn were built with a lot of history in 1979. 25 km away however, the first Krippana was opened in a tranquil courtyard near Monschau. Three creative hobby crib builders created a wonderful concept, which existed until 1987, but then came to an end due to the age of the operators and the exhibition rooms - but found a new beginning in Losheim.
In 1989 the new KRIPPANA opened - the beginning of something completely new - 30 years of DEVELOPMENT.

  • Development that wrote life
  • Development that shapes life
  • Development that life need
  • KRIPPANA a place of encounter

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