The Steiff Museum, based at the Steiff factory in Giengen, Germany, is one of the leading bear museums in the world.
Margarete Steiff created the company in 1880.
It originally made toy elephants and created its first bear in 1902.
Steiff bears are noted for the trademark button in their ears and the motto: “Only the best is good enough for children”.
There are a number of rare Steiff creations in the museum and a range of bears and other animals from past decades.
Visitors can view a recreation of Margarete Steiff’s sewing centre, complete with moving displays.
A live exhibition detailing how today’s bears are made according to traditional methods is one of the highlights of the museum.
There is also an animated experience for children, in which Frieda and her bear Knopf search for 3,000 lost teddy bears.
Tours are available in both English and German.
The nearby house in Giengen where Margarete Steiff was born is also open to the public.
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