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“Underrated Sight - Outdoor Museum Brings History to Life”

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Ballenberg Swiss Open Air Museum Entrance Ticket and Horse Carriage Ride
Ranked #2 of 10 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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Flower Mound, Texas
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“Underrated Sight - Outdoor Museum Brings History to Life”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

My older teenage son (16) and I went to Ballenberg while my younger son and husband opted to go on another hike. So glad we did! Ballenberg is an amazing museum unlike anything I've seen before. It makes similar museums look like outdated, artificial tourist traps. It's a huge site (would take hours to take it all in) that is divided by five or six regions of Switzerland. Each region has hundreds of mostly real and very few reconstructed buildings that date as far back as the 1500s to the 1800s. What makes Ballenberg so special is not only that every building and its exteriors are so carefully displayed with period furniture and household items. It's as if the inhabitants are away for the day: gardens are carefully tended with vegetables of all varieties in full bloom; livestock roam in pens - chickens, roosters, cows, pigs, etc.; geese wander around small ponds; etc. There are no tacky kiosks, no ropes or "walk this way" carpets to keep you from wandering freely through the homes and farms. You feel as if you're strolling through time.

Both my son and I left Ballenberg with a sense of what it was like to live and work in Switzerland over the last 500 years. And based on the care that has been taken to create Ballenberg, it's also impossible to leave there without also realizing and appreciating how much the Swiss treasure their heritage.

From Interlaken, it takes about 45 minutes to get there (short train and bus ride, but easy to find). Allow at least 2 hours and more if you have it. We only two hours there and toured two regions. Wish we'd had more time.

Visited June 2014
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Bern, Switzerland
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“Swiss miniature”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Oh dear; Cmon 83 already said all about it :) I can join in and add, that you may take a horse drawn carriage from one end to the other, it is only 6 CHF for adults and free for smaller children. The coach driver gladly makes stops for you and then wait until you're back. This place is worth a visit every few years as there is always something new to discover.
One house is my favourite, the old façade outside is original and inside it is completely renewed. An absolut "must see" for people interested in architecture and building.

Visited June 2014
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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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“Realism Museum”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

real houses, precise historic recreation,
beautiful place, vast terrain.

Too long roads, in house purchasing (cheese, food, souvenirs)

Bring you own food. it's great place for picnic.

Visited June 2014
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Great outdoor museum - whole Switzerland in 1 Day”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is a really well made museum. Visit the many original buildings from all around Switzerland, you need at least 1 full day. Learn about old techniques to work, farm, build or just enjoy the view. A not very known attraction, but highly recommended for every tourist or inhabitant of Switzerland

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful place!”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

I spent a nice day here. Children and adults get to know the houses of different styles in Switzerland. It was very educational and interesting. The view is just fantastic too.

Visited September 2013
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