Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Brienz

(4.6/5 based on 550 reviews on the web)
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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  • I had the pleasure of visiting Ballenberg several times and it's a great time every time. Have a good day for the visit, make a barbecue on one of the appointed places and of course discover houses, but much more, Swiss culture if there are a few centuries and this on one site. A condensed version of the Switzerland not to be missed for those who love the heritage, nature and traditions!
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  • Great to go into Swiss houses! Learnt so much about life in the past and Present. Houses were appointed with antiques and history. Farming was done in a traditional manner and exhibits were ongoing wh...  more »
  • I hadn't expected to spend the entire day at Ballenberg, but I did. And I still had to omit a couple of sections. It was an absolute adventure to wander through time and get a glimpse at what life wou...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic! it gives one a really nice impression how it was to live in the region that we now call Switzerland, with beautiful and simple architecture and local food. i highly recommend this place, especially when the weather isnt stable as it is easy to just quickly pop into on of the many buildings scattered on the location
  • Loads of exploring to do and curiosities to discover. Most live demonstrations end before noon so plan accordingly. You should save at least a whole morning for this trip. Staff can be pretty engaging. Demonstrations change depending on the day of the week. As the name says, it's out in the open, like a village/s to explore. The map says it takes around 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other without stops, that sounds about right.
  • It's a very large Open-Air Museum. You can easily spend two days here. That's why there are two entrances. There is a large variety of structures from most of the Cantons of Switzerland. In a lot of structures there are examples of traditional jobs, e.g. people making pottery, making cheese, etc. Every building has signs explaining how old it is, why it was build, fun facts, etc. Very entertaining!
  • This place is amazing to view Swiss history, you almost feel as if you were back in another time. Beware of the slopes and go with enough time, we spent 5 hours there and didn't see it all. It was totally worth the trip
  • I have many fond memories from touring Ballenberg as a child. Loving history as much as I do, I was fascinated by the stories that were told, the demonstrations that were made, and the overall educational quality of the experience. The different buildings are spaced out wonderfully, allowing a leisurely stroll through the property and various trails. Due to the wooded location, you almost forget what era you're in until you hear a plane fly overhead. I look forward to going back again during my next trip to Switzerland.