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City envy: we want a sausage dog museum like Passau

James Manning

London’s dachshund obsession keeps growing. Two months ago, a mass #SausageWalk event in Greenwich Park attracted more than 1,000 sausage dogs. Across the UK, the breed has more than doubled in popularity in a decade. But even our levels of sausage love are nothing compared to Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, two ex-florists who’ve just founded what they believe is the world’s first dachshund museum.

The Dackelmuseum opened just over a month ago in the Bavarian city of Passau, to house the pair’s collection of wiener dog merchandise: 4,500 items amassed over a quarter of a century, including prints, stamps, porcelain statues, toys and photos. The museum showcases the dachshund’s origins and character, its position as a symbol of Bavaria and Germany as a whole, and its famous owners: Einstein, Picasso, Andy Warhol, John F Kennedy and Napoleon were all fans of the breed.

Dogs (including Küblbeck and Storz’s own two dachshunds, Seppi and Moni) are allowed in with their humans, so if you and your pooch needed an excuse for a weekend in Bavaria, this could be it. After all, Oktoberfest lasts less than a month – but this sausagefest is open all year round.

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