Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum

Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum

Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg is the only open-air museum in Switzerland. Covering an area of 66 hectares it shows everyday life in rural Switzerland. 110 historical buildings from all parts of the country can be discovered and visited at the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. In addition to the buildings, over 30 traditional crafts are demonstrated on site, 200 farmyard animals can be seen and discovered and numerous exhibitions and attractions invite visitors to join in. At Ballenberg you experience Switzerland with all your senses.
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ozzie2010
Adelaide, Australia1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This is a fabulous open air museum, quite sizeable so needs a half day allocation of time (and stamina).
A wonderful collection of historical buildings, with furnishings and tools and clothing, gardens, farming equipment, animals.
Such an important cultural and historical collection, being added to with a school being rebuilt there over next 2 years.
The site is fantastic, surrounded by forest, so the walks between areas are so lovely.
The buildings are mostly grouped into regions, as the areas differ so much between the cantons.
This is a perfect outing for adults and children, lots of fun play areas, a willingness to allow visitors to explore and learn.
The staffed areas are also great - displaying local crafts or work, and chatting to visitors. That personal aspect really added to an already excellent site.
In typical Swiss efficient fashion, the museum has 2 entrances and is well serviced by local bus. It’s a nice way to see the local area behind Brienz on the way.
Written 24 June 2024
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Thank you for your great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards from the Ballenberg team
Written 1 July 2024
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CK1890
Lincoln, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Open air museum is an excellent way of experiencing how Swiss people in various regions lived, farmed and organised their business and technology at different points in their history. There are preserved examples of numerous styles of houses from different regions of Switzerland as well as demonstrations of various skills: weaving, basket making, ceramics, bread making, cheese making etc. This site is huge. We only had 2 hours and we barely covered half of the site and we were trying to see as much as we could. Recommend enjoying this as a full day out.
Written 5 September 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind 5 star rating and your friendly commentary. We are happy to hear that you have spent a good day at the open-air museum Ballenberg. Maybe we can welcome you again someday? Best regards from Ballenberg
Written 3 October 2022
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Eiichi Katakawa
Buchs, Switzerland111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Messer schmieden Kurs- a knife making course 3 days. It has open museum but also have many
Cultural and handcraft courses. All staff are friendly, relaxed, and also participants from the course as well as from other courses were very friendly. I just loved the experiencing of making own knives from a scratch. It started with hammering steel forging, handle crafting, polishing and sharpening, end to end. I’m a total novice, and never done anything of handcrafting. But it was lots of fun. Not only men but two ladies were there (out of 8 participants). Learning even from how to start coal fire. And I even managed to make two. Some made three to four knives. All equipments provided and plenty for all the participants. Very friendly and collaborating atomischem. I could get to lean forging knives at my face, and get personal advices according to individual levels. The instructor allows lots of freedom, too. He even let me design my own handgrips! Lots of new learning, lots of skills and tools to learn. I enjoyed every minutes. It is also very flexible instructor allows you learn and do something very specific and individual wishes.
Written 26 June 2021
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Thank you very much for your kind 5 star rating and your friendly commentary. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your course at the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. Maybe we can welcome you again someday? Best regards from Ballenberg
Written 28 June 2021
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kpter
Kennebunkport, ME328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We recently visited this open-air museum. We thought we would be there about 2 hours and we stayed almost 5 hours and still could have spent more time there. It is excellently executed-- the grounds of the museum are laid out like the shape of Switzerland and so the buildings are sited in the regions of the museum where they come from. So walking down to the Ticino area involves going down a hill to the southern section, as if going thru the San Bernardino pass (this is my supposition, it might not be totally correct). All the buildings from a region are grouped together, along with the appropriate crafts and folk customs and agriculture.
The buildings are well taken care of and have the appropriate housewares etc. As I recall, there was plenty of information in English. There are people doing crafts, such as a man making hats. Everything is spotless. We grabbed a sandwich and dessert in one place and ate at a nearby picnic table. There is a lot of walking and sometimes it was confusing trying to be sure you checked out all the buildings. I wish we could have taken the carriage ride but wasn't sure where to catch it and by then we had already been there for quite awhile (ride is an hour I think).
Lots of things for kids to do.
My only complaint- I did not see any info on the horses that were present. I wish the stables had been done when we were there.
As we walked along, we couldn't stop remarking about how wonderful this museum was.
Written 17 November 2014
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Dear kpter Thank you a lot for you feedback and rating. We really appreciate it. We are actually improving the information about the animals. It is not always 100% satisfying for us either. We hope to see you soon again. Best regards
Written 19 November 2014
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Ade_246
Island of Malta, Malta36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
This is a huge outdoor museum, consisting of numerous buildings spread over a very large area, each representing an aspect of Swiss culture and history.
Four of us were charged a "Kombi Familie" rate of CHF50 for the whole family, which I think is quite reasonable.
We were encouraged to go by our hotel receptionist, who told us that there would be various live activities based on Swiss traditions and crafts. Indeed, when we entered we were given a list of activities. But after 2 hours of searching (signposting is very poor, and most of the staff cannot speak English) the closest we could find to a live activity was someone sweeping the floor of a bakery. The exhibits were all passive and static, and the only form of interaction was being told by the staff not to touch anything. My sons were even told off for ringing a cowbell.
In all it was a sterile and lifeless exhibition (at least when we visited). Its a pity, because this place has tremendous potential. If there was some animation and interaction activity, this could easily be a 5* attraction.
Also be warned: The parking meter at the park entrance does not give change and will keep all the money you give it.
Written 29 July 2014
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RaffiDublin
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Ballenberg Open-Air Museum was a real treat; stepping back in time to see old traditions brought to life in hundreds of acres of alpine land that has been preserved and cultivated according to the Swiss traditions of old. There are several houses that are working museums and everything is interactive; you can learn how to weave a basket, how to bake bread, how to cultivate honey and if you’re as lucky as my travel companion and I were, you can even try some delicious home-made soup in an old farmhouse kitchen. Any food made in the houses is made using only ingredients that are sourced from the Ballenberg Museum farmland. Kids will enjoy petting the animals, such as pygmy goats, horses, donkeys, pigs and chickens and there are also playgrounds to keep them entertained.

Ballenberg has two entrance gates and there is a bus that you can get adjacent to the train station in Brienz that stops at both Ballenberg gates frequently, with a short journey time of approximately fifteen minutes each-way. Your Swiss Pass, if you have one, covers the cost of all public busses in Switzerland and also makes your admission to Ballenberg absolutely free-of-charge! Don't forget to visit the Ballenberg chocolate factory on your way in/out, where you can actually see chocolate being made and you can purchase a chocolate bar or two to bring home to friends as a perfect souvenir of your trip!
Written 19 August 2014
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Dear Coby411 Thank you very much for your feedback. It is very nice and we appreciate it! I hope you enjoyed Switzerland as much you enjoyed Ballenberg. Take care and until next time. Best regards
Written 21 August 2014
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French_Sojourner
Exeter, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The open-air museum at Ballenberg is situated in a valley surrounded by the mountains of the Swiss Alps. It comprises buildings from all parts of the country that have been rescued, then rebuilt in this wonderful musem of Swiss national life. Not only are there historic buildings of all kinds but many of them are functional; as restaurants, a bakery, a smokery for some of the most wonderful smoked sausages I have ever tasted, stabling for horses, etc. I was thrilled to bits with my visit.

My only word of warning is that you should, if possible, allow a whole day if you want to be able to get the full experience of everything that Ballenberg has to offer.
Written 16 September 2006
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Kitty L
Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, France415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
My friends who live in Cham invited me to join them when I was visiting in September. This was so much more than any of us expected. Each canton is represented with historical buildings, crafts, skills, and/of foods. You wander through history and geography learning about the roots of the Swiss people, seeing their expertise, and enjoying the rich culture. This is for everyone - young and old alike. To see it all, there is walking involved, but well worth the time to do it right by spending the better part of a day here.
Written 2 December 2014
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Dear Kitty L Thank you very much for your rating and feedback. It is very important to us and we appreciate every critisim, if good or bad. We hope we can see you soon again. Have a great weekend. Take care! Best regards
Written 5 December 2014
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Bogdan J
Novi Sad, Serbia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
I could only strongly recommend this one. Count with approximately 3 hours at a very minimum for a visit. With kids it is easily a full day program. If the weather is nice, I recommend to start early and spend the rest of the day at the beautiful lake nearby. Wonderful experience, Swiss made.
Written 18 November 2014
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Dear Bogdan J We really appreciate your rating and feedback. Your tip about the nearby lake is great and very helpful. Take care and until soon Best regards
Written 19 November 2014
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MnNanook
Duluth, MN43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We toured this open-air museum to learn more about Swiss history and culture, and we were very impressed with everything we saw. We were there when Ballenberg opened at 10 a.m. and spent 5 hours checking out many of the over 100 historical buildings that have been moved to the site, which is 80 hectares (almost 200 acres) in size. The site is organized by regions of Switzerland, and each region shows the history and culture of each region. All displays were very informative and included explanations in English, in addition to German. We were able to watch a cheesemaker make cheese over an open fire in the traditional Swiss way and then taste the fresh cheese curds he made. There were other live demonstrations of weaving, handicrafts, woodworking, etc. which were noted on a schedule we picked up at the entrance. We brought a picnic lunch and ate at one of the designated picnic places, which was a nice break from having to wait for a restaurant meal. Admission was free for us because we had the Swiss Travel Pass. Be prepared for lots of walking; trekking poles are an option, as some of the paths are hilly. The area is shady and pleasant.

Our trip took a full day and was definitely worth the time. We stayed in Murren and traveled to Ballenberg by train to Brienz, then hopped on a bus that took us right to the Ballenberg entrance. On our return, we timed our departure by bus from Ballenberg so that we could take a boat across Lake Brienz to Interlaken Ost, then connect at the rail station for the rest of the trip. All the transportation (train, boat, bus) was included with the Swiss Travel Pass.
Written 15 October 2018
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Thank you for your kind rating. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. We are looking forward to welcome you soon again. Kind regards from Ballenberg
Written 18 October 2018
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