Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Brienz

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Learn about rural Swiss life from centuries ago at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. This 66 hectare (163 acre) open-air museum showcases over 100 houses and farm buildings from across the country. Discover what everyday life was like in rural Switzerland by touring carefully maintained kitchens, parlors, farmhouses, barns, washhouses, and storehouses. You can also explore the gardens, pastures, and meadows surrounding the buildings, which are maintained to be historically accurate. Over 250 farm animals make their home in the fields. Inside the buildings, artisans demonstrate various activities like making bread and woodcarving. For Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and beyond, use our Brienz sightseeing planner to get the most from your Brienz vacation.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is worth to book your combination ticket to visit the Museum Ballenberg, a boat trip on the Lake of Brienz and drive on the Brienzerrothorn for CHF 75.00
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very interesting the Ballenberg. See and experience yourself how one has lived previously. There are restaurants but also fire pits, incl wood (lighter and lighter do not forget) a visit it is worth in any case take best a whole day.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Clean, ordinafo, interesting, well maintained and full of culture for a blast from the past. Beautiful live demonstrations which are held during the day, we saw that the woodwork very interesting indeed. Very well illustrated in locabdine. Dogs allowed for free but on a leash, fountains everywhere to drink both the dog is us (for those with pix and is not obligated to buy anything to restaurants). Large, comfortable parking at front door. The cashier Lady spoke French and Italian. Comfortable payment by credit card. Really nice not to be missed.
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  • I was impressed by beauty of this place as well as originality. There are a lot of house animals, old houses from the different parts of Switzerland. Also you may taste fresh house cheese and bread, and see how it cook local villagers. And here are restaurant and cafe if you are hungry. Highly recommend for family holiday.
  • The place should be considered a notional treasure of Switzerland. absolutely a must visit place for anyone who is interested in finding out about customs, handicrafts, and architecture of different regions of the country. It's all here in 1 place! You can watch potters, weavers, rope makers, blacksmiths and other artisans at work. I recommend it thoroughly.
  • Great open air museum, lots of different activity. Super cool hiking tracks all levels. A must see, especially in summer time! On top of that, if you interested in history, you will tones of it!
  • If you happen to be anywhere near this place, come here! Take half a day to visit this wonderful open air museum dedicated to preserving the architecture and crafts of pastoral Swiss life.
  • Great to walk through beautiful landscape with historic houses. Demonstrations of traditional crafts, farm animals and picknick areas complete the picture

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Where to stay in Brienz

A stay in Brienz is best spent lakeside, where you'll find a number of modestly priced hotels near the glittering waters. If you're willing to trade the view for some savings, look to the hostels a bit further inland. Experience local woodcarving masterpieces first-hand with a stay at a bed and breakfast or guesthouse built in the traditional architecture style. Staying anywhere along the main street, Hauptstrasse, gives you convenient access to all the town has to offer. You can walk the whole street by foot, or take the bus from one end to the other.
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