Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Hofstetten bei Brienz

Learn about rural Swiss life from centuries ago at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. This 66 hectare (163 acre) open-air museum showcases over 100 houses and farm buildings from across the country. Discover what everyday life was like in rural Switzerland by touring carefully maintained kitchens, parlors, farmhouses, barns, washhouses, and storehouses. You can also explore the gardens, pastures, and meadows surrounding the buildings, which are maintained to be historically accurate. Over 250 farm animals make their home in the fields. Inside the buildings, artisans demonstrate various activities like making bread and woodcarving. For Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and beyond, use our Hofstetten bei Brienz sightseeing planner to get the most from your Hofstetten bei Brienz vacation.
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  • Arrived by train and bus from Wengen as part of a tour with Road Scholar. Had guide from museum. Approximately 140 buildings from all over Switzerland from approximately the 15th to 20th centuries. We...  more »
  • We were staying at Wengen and had this visit planned in the event of a cloudy day not suitable for mountain visits. We were disappointed. It is a great collection of buildings preserved from the early...  more »
  • Great museum! Completely in the open air, for all the people who want to discover more about Switzerland we recommend it. But you have to spend the whole day because the museum is 66 hectares large and there are so many buildings that you can visit both outside and inside. The museum is divided into regions of Switzerland to better understand the history of lovely Switzerland. To complete the whole many typical restaurants and more than 250 species of animals completely free.
  • Really big and nice walking museum for the whole family it's an all day event to learn about the different types of culture from Switzerland all to see and do the wood carving was my family favorite things to do I just made a pig and the kids made many other things for free you get to keep your artwork it's stroller friendly just not when in the houses many animals around the place it's very interesting to see all that is there if you go plan for all day if you want to see all of it and the food is decent we like the meats and breads at the little shop for lunch and they have beer
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