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. A visit to Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Brienz family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This is a very large open air museum with several exhibits housed in multiple chalets/wooden huts. It's a nice concept for someone to see the culture of the region in a relaxed manner. This is a very ...  more »
  • This is my favorite open air museum. Not only does it have so many buildings that you can't possible see them all in one visit, but it's a great natural park. If you want to know how Swiss lived in th...  more »
  • Interesting place with lots of Swiss houses and farm buildings. Goats, cows, pigs and chickens too! The place is quite spread out so quite a lot of walking involved but nice scenery.  more »
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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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