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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

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Address: Museumsstrasse 131, Brienz 3858, Switzerland
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+41 33 952 10 30
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More than one hundred centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland,...

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.

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A favorite, unique experience during recent visit to Switzerland

In Illinois, USA, we have a similar outdoor museum experience related to life in the 1800s when Abraham Lincoln was young. Visitors love it just like we loved this exposure to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Normal, Illinois
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In Illinois, USA, we have a similar outdoor museum experience related to life in the 1800s when Abraham Lincoln was young. Visitors love it just like we loved this exposure to Swiss life in various historic time periods. The docents were well trained, knowledgeable, and friendly. The buildings, mostly homes, spread out over an expansive landscape. they were well appointed... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a place that is really a hidden gem for those who enjoy learning about traditional European/Swiss life. I went here with a group. Prior to arrival the staff was very helpful in arranging our visit. We began with a two-hour walking tour and our guide talked and walked us through about a dozen historical homes, barns, and more,... More 

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear EDALeader, Thank you for your five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you and your group liked your visit to the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. The good reviews will be forwarded to all involved employees. Different guided tours are offered for groups. For further information please visit ballenberg.ch/en/joining-in/groups/. We are looking forward to welcome you and your... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was looking for something to do on a sunny day near Interlaken. I took a boat from Interlaken Ost train station to Brienz, which was fully covered by the Swiss travel pass. About 75 minutes later you arrive in the town of Brienz after a beautiful boat ride. There is a bus that goes to both the east and... More 

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jim_atl, Thank you for your five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you liked your visit to the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. Our goal is to show people from around the world what life in the past has been like in Switzerland. 110 rural houses and farm buildings, 250 farmyard animals, and much more await our visitors.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see place for every one especially for family with young kids . Tips 1. Its free with Swiss pass 2. Visit on a bright sunny day 3. Wear proper sports shoes as lots of walking to do . 4. Take food and have during lunch time in absolutely amazing natural surrounding . 5. Carry Pram for... More 

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Namanvora, Thank you for your five star rating. We are pleased to hear that people from around the world like to visit the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. More than 100 rural houses and farm buildings, 250 farmyard animals, at least 8 handicrafts demonstrations per day, four restaurants, and much more await our visitors. Children will enjoy visiting our farmyard... More 

Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This open-air museum is great if you are interested in learning about the old lifestyle of swiss people. There are some demonstrations and a lot to learn from the interprets working there. This is also near Interlachen, so it can be nice to visit both places in one trip. There is also a very nice view of the mountains.

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Joé S, Thank you for your rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. At least 8 handicrafts are demonstrated each day and our handicraftsmen and -women are looking forward to explain their handicrafts to our visitors. We are looking forward to welcome you again soon. Best regards from Ballenberg More 

Asia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so nice to go to. What I love the most is the cheese production there. For just 3 CHF, you can had a pack and go cheese with bread which was superb. Love it and hope I got chance to visit it again.

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear AJ, Thank you for your rating. It is with pleasure that we hear you liked your visit to the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. Cheese making is just one of our many handicraft demonstrations. At least eight are performed each day. Please consult our agenda on ballenberg.ch to see which are performed on what day. We are looking forward to... More 

Milford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice activity but would not be a must do on my list. Good for a cloudy day. Buildings are very neat. It seemed very quiet when we were there. A few restaurants to eat at and a gift shop outside the west entrance. The carvings at this gift shop were much better priced than in interlaken!

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear shawnamarie0509, Thank you for your five star rating. We are pleased to see that you liked your visit to the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. We have three shops that offer a variety of traditional homemade products. We are looking forward to welcome you again soon. Best regards from Ballenberg More 

Berlin, Germany
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111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

- This is covered in Swiss Travel Pass - For us this was not a museum but window to the past of Switzerland - We are from India and really surprised to read about 18th,19th century marriage custom and traditions, they are exactly same as Indian marriage customs - You will need a full day to spend time here -... More 

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear VikramVI, Thank you for your five star rating. We are pleased to see that people from around the world like to visit our museum and can see similiarities with their culture and traditons. We have two entrances East and West, which both are easy accessible by bus. If you are coming from Interlaken, we suggest you take the bus... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there after lunch cause I didn't realize how big it is... It's a pity they are open only till 5 pm... We had to use the horse carriage to be able to see at least something and it was 20chf one way for 2 adults and 1 child which I found quite expensive (the route was from the restaurant... More 

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V7415YBdanielleb, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear superkrol4iha, Thank you for your rating. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit at the Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. There is a lot to discover for adults as well as children. Our opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. To see as much as possible we advise that you calculate around 3 hours for the visit.... More 

zurich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose a nice, sunny day to go to Ballenberg. We also had a dog with us. I imagined it a much, much smaller place. Thank God we went there early enough to see the most of the it. People do please plan the WHOLE DAY if you want to explore and enjoy this place before the closing time at... More 

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FLMBallenberg, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear scheringin Thank you for your friendly feedback. We are very pleased that you had a great day at the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. We would be delighted to welcome you soon again at our museum. Kind regards from Ballenberg More 

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