European House of Art
Upper Bavaria - Schafhof


85354 Freising/Germany
Am Schafhof 1
+49 (0) 8161-146231

About Us

European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof - birdview - photo: Michael Radeck, BFS

The European House of Art in Upper Bavaria is located on the outskirts of Freising in the Munich area, in a former sheep stable (Schafhof). The location in the midst of nature, exceptional architecture and a versatile cultural programme make the Schafhof a centre of contemporary art as well as a popular tourist destination.

The activities of the Artist’s House include two focus points: The artist-in-residence-programme and the exhibition program. The "Café Schafhof" affords visitors an additional culinary service, along with a beautiful view of the City of Freising and Weihenstephan, in a creative atmosphere.

European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof - exhibition Bjørn Melhus

The large exhibition hall with its barrel vault on the first floor offers a unique ambience with its unusual shape. The gallery on the ground floor is variable and is used as a project room too. Thematically connected exhibitions and events open exciting perspectives on various artistic strategies, positions and media. The Schafhof offers studios and exhibition space for the exchange of European artists.

European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof - Europe

The Name is the Deal / Gateway to Europe

The exhibition programme places current trends in contemporary art from all over Europe, Freising and Upper Bavaria in context. It focuses on presenting the products of the artist-in-residence programme, thematic group exhibitions of local and European artists, and solo exhibitions. In addition to the exhibitions the art house offers a lot of events in the fields of film, music, theatre and literature, and, of course, the famous craft markets, the Johannes market in June and the Christmas market in December.

European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof - children workshop

Art is Fun / Understand and Experience

Supporting programmes, such as art discussions, lectures, workshops, tours and other events provide numerous opportunities to meet and experience contemporary art. The Schafhof’s offerings include Open Studio Days, craft markets, art discussions, tours and workshops for children and adults.

European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Schafhof - historical image


Commissioned by King Max I. Joseph, the Schafhof was built in 1819/1820 as stables for the royal merino sheep. Its builder was Maximilian Schönleutner. From 1994 to 2002 the Schafhof was used as agricultural museum, managed by the district of Upper Bavaria and the Bavarian National Museum. On the 10th of July 2005, the Schafhof was reopened as the European House of Art in Upper Bavaria.