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“Switerland as it was in 1880”

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Brienz
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: More than one hundred centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Ballenberg is indeed unique.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Ballenberg is a wonderful trip back into Switerlands past. Farm buildings have been brought here from all over Switerland and reconstructed. Period furniture and even the typical farm animals are to be found. Great for children or adults as well. It was excellent value for the price and just 10 minutes outside of Brienz. They do have wheel chairs for the handicaped but the roads and paths between the buildings are dirt or gravel and impossible to navigate other than by foot.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This museum brings together traditional farm buildings from all over Switzerland and is a truly beautiful place. It's possible to enter all the farmhouses and explore them from top to bottom. After a visit here, my daughter decided that she is going to be a farmer when she grows up!

1  Thank ianb77
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I knew very little about this place before I went, except that it's the Swiss equivalent of the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton, Sussex, UK. I discovered that it's a bit like that, only about 100 times bigger. This place covers a huge area, so I recommend comfortable shoes for walking and taking a bottle of water. There are restaurants and cafes dotted all over, but it can be a bit of a walk between them. I'm not a big museum person, but it's very well done, the traditional costumes were amazing and all the interiors faithfully reproduced and interesting. The day we went there was a donkey and mule gymkhana, which was kinda slow, but funny, and a wine tasting we never found. But we did get a glass of freshly pressed apple juice, which was the most delicious I've ever had. The handcrafts market was very good, lots of demos, there and in various places around. And the gift shop was high quality. But it's so huge, I can't imagine anyone being able to do the whole thing in a day - which is kind of nice, you can go back.

We travelled by train to Interlaken Ost, then got the boat over the Brienzer See to Brienz and then Postbus up to the museum, and as it was a glorious sunny day yesterday, this was really fantastic - but you have to get the timings right to make the connections.

I'd say this is a great family day out, but be prepared to walk a long way. There are lots of animals and some interactive stuff for kids, but it could be tiring for very small ones.

Thank planetali
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

This Museum is covered in the Swiss Pass (which also , wonderfully, doubles up as a Museum Pass) - we wanted to go somewhere which showcases the culture, the Swiss way of life and Ballenberg was just that !
People actually live here and conduct their chores and it is quite spread out so no crowds :) - you get to see the Swiss cows up close, interact with cheese-makers, view apiaries, a smoke-house for sausages , an old style doctor/herbalist - the list goes on !
But yes, take your shoes and walk walk walk - did not check out the restaurants though. You need to spend at least 3hrs here to do some justice to the place - one can easily spend a day here !

Thank Beena_Sarkar
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

and learn the most about Swiss rural culture. Take good shoes as the terrain is spread out and set into the foothills of the Alps. But it is well worth the effort.

Thank Chatouli
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