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 place is amazing. Try and go from both entrances and go a few times. So you can really experience what is on offer. An open air museum with activities like hat making, bread making, all the origi...  more »
  • Ideal for a little trip, when they are in upper Bailey. We have eien grandchild card and therefore any number of times with our grandchildren could down. Avoid them if it can possible extended weekends - very many people have and then the fun goes by very quickly
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  • I loved Ballenberg. Is like stepping into the past in the Swiss customs. Are accurate and detailed reconstructions: the mansion at the bakery, from rags to kitchens. Beautiful. Wouldn't stay again.
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  • Amaizing park to have a barbecue with the family and walk... A lot!!! Nice historical buildings very well maintenance. Also, you can be inside and see how was in the past the country Swiss live
  • 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!
  • Must see. Need full day if you are interested in architectural details.
  • 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