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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Ballenberg Swiss Open Air Museum Entrance Ticket and Horse Carriage Ride
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Brienz
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a marvellous place to take children. Over 100 buildings organised in villages full of the style of Switzerland and learning on the spot. Plus real animals and people practising their crafts.A real taste of their culture and traditions. No wonder the Swiss use it to educate their children. A lot to see and take in. Thought there could be more by way of questions or quizzes for children to navigate their way around. But these are probably supplied to school groups. Well worth a visit with plenty of great picnic opportunities.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you have any interest in history or architecture, you would find Ballenberg very interesting. We learned a great deal about how people lived 500+ years ago and their ingenious process to feed and cloth themselves. Our visit gave us a lot of insight into the buildings/settlements we would see the rest of our trip in Switzerland. Two entrances, both of which seem to be equally good. We took the West entrance which was maybe a little easier to get to.

Thank anaveragejoe
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We, unfortunately, did not get here until mid afternoon. We easily could have spent a whole day here. The museum is divided by regions of Switzerland with representative buildings from each region. In addition to buildings, there are farm animals and crops. In some of the buildings there were living historians performing demonstrations. There are many interactive exhibits, as well. This is an excellent venue for kids of all ages. Highly recommended.

Thank Lorowell
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My children loved watching the various craftsman at work. They particularly enjoyed watching the blacksmith hammering and making iron nails from scratch. When the blacksmith gave one to my little girl, we were thrilled! We enjoyed entering the various authentic Swiss houses and the scenery is beautiful. The cheese that was produced at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum was exceptionally tasty. We wished we had bought more. This museum is spanned across a huge piece of land and so if you really want to enjoy the entire place you need a whole day. We chose to explore one half of the museum in half day and went off for a boat ride on Lake Brienz. It was an unforgettable experience!

Thank Eileen C
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is more than an open air museum, as well as over 150 old buildings (most of them reconstructed original buildings), there are 250 farm yard animals, gardens, exhibitions, demonstrations of crafts etc. The buildings are arranged in regional groups and between each area there are delightful walks. If you have the energy you could easily spent eight or more hours there and still not see everything. Most of the buildings are farm houses and farm buildings, the majority furnished and full of artefacts.
A map and brief guide is provided, eating places including picnic areas) and toilets are available without having to walk far. For those who want it guided tours are available.
It is easy to reach by bus from the railway station/ boat landing stage at Brienz.
Certainly the best open air museum I have ever visited. Well woth a visit.

Thank nelsonstelescope
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