Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Brienz

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 500+ 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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  • This museum, which at first did not inspire me great thing, was a beautiful discovery. The price of between it CHF 24.00, unfortunately parking is chargeable and costs CHF 1.00 per hour. This is unfortunate because it could lower the rates a bit because the price is expensive is it we go to family. Inside Conversely it takes at least 4 visiting outside meal hours. The Museum has 3 restaurants has affordable prices and also of the picnic areas. The Museum is beautiful and consists of typical houses which are open to the public. Many demonstrations there and we learn many things. The explanations are in french, German, Italian and English. A very good Museum and as a bonus a nice view on the military airfield which allows to see many passage of the FA18.
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  • This is a charming village that depicts life in the old days of Switzerland. The closest I have seen to a presentation like this is Colonial Williamsburg (U.S.), though this is much larger. You can go...  read more »
  • This collection shows one what the old timers valued and how they adjusted to a cold mountainous terrain. I have never seen such a superb collection-so beautiful in its rustic survivalist authenticity...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful houses in beautiful setting. And a free petting zoo with baby goats on top...
  • Lovely park to see the different types of architecture of Switzerland. They take down old houses and barns and rebuild them here.
  • This is a great place to visit when in the area. You can see a lot of classic Swiss farm architecture, learn how farming was done in Seitzerland and have many possibilities to see people performing it live! The kids love the playgrounds and the ride on the cart pulled by horses. Besides, it is just a beautiful area for hiking. There are restaurants with nice and simple food. The personal is friendly and helpful.
  • It's just down the road from me, I have managed to visit there now 4 times. Each time I've seen something different and will definitely go back there again. I will recommend this to anyone, just don't expect to see it all on your first visit 😉
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