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Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum

(3 Reviews)

Discover Swiss history at Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum in Bernese Oberland. 100+ preserved buildings, interactive exhibits, traditional crafts, and Swiss cuisine await in a picturesque setting.

About this offer

  • Validity All day
  • Museum AccessEntry to the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum.
  • Mobile ticket accepted Use your phone or print out the voucher
  • Exhibitions and DemonstrationsAccess to various exhibitions, demonstrations, and presentations showcasing traditional Swiss rural life.
  • Immediate booking confirmation No booking fees
  • Free cancellation Full refund in case of cancellation up to 24h before start
  • Meeting point Ballenberg East Entrance, 3856 Brienzwiler



Highlights
  • More than 100 original, centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland
  • Green woods, wonderful gardens and stunning views
  • More than 200 genuine Swiss farm animals
  • Craft demonstrations such as traditional bread baking, cheese making, wood carving
  • Horse drawn carriage rides
  • Picnic areas with wood and water freely available
  • Restaurants, shops, chocolate factory
  • Parking spaces
Full Description

 

The Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum invites visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Swiss history. Spread across the scenic Bernese Oberland, this living museum features over 100 meticulously preserved traditional buildings, including farmhouses, mills, and chalets, offering a captivating glimpse into Switzerland’s architectural heritage. Skilled artisans bring the past to life with interactive demonstrations of traditional crafts, from blacksmithing to cheese making. The lush natural surroundings provide a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks, and the on-site restaurants serve authentic Swiss cuisine. With its commitment to preserving cultural traditions, Ballenberg is a captivating destination that blends education, entertainment, and the timeless charm of Switzerland.

Our Tip
  • Ballenberg is vast, so plan your visit to prioritize the areas and activities that interest you the most. Check the schedule for demonstrations and events to make the most of your time.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing as you'll be walking through outdoor exhibits. Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially if you plan to explore the entire museum.
  • A half-hourly local bus service operates from Brienz railway station to the Ballenberg West or East entrances.
  • Lockers are available at the entrances
  • Good, enclosed footwear is recommended (natural roads)
  • The West Entrance of the Open-Air Museum is recommended for wheelchair users

Price Includes

  • Entrance in the museum
  • Free access to the houses
  • Visiting the craft demonstrations
  • Petting zoo & children’s play area
  • Picnic areas with wood and water

Price Excludes

  • Horse drawn carriage rides
  • Restaurant consumption
Meeting Point

Ballenberg East Entrance, 3856 Brienzwiler

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What to bring
  • Closed shoes
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Map or Guidebook
  • Reusable Bag
Date and Times

Beginning of April until the end of October

FAQ

What is Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum?

Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that features over 100 historic Swiss buildings, providing a glimpse into the country’s rural life and cultural heritage.

How much time should I plan for my visit?

The recommended visit duration is around 3-4 hours, but you can adjust based on your interests. Consider additional time for demonstrations and exploring.

Are guided tours available, and are they recommended?

Yes, guided tours are available, and they offer insightful information about the exhibits. While not mandatory, they can enhance your understanding of the museum.

Are there activities for children at Ballenberg?

Yes, Ballenberg offers various activities for children, including educational programs, workshops, and interactive exhibits. It’s a family-friendly destination.

Can I purchase souvenirs at Ballenberg?

Yes, there are souvenir shops where you can buy traditional Swiss crafts, local products, and mementos to remember your visit.

Is there a restaurant on-site?

Yes, Ballenberg has on-site restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy Swiss cuisine. Check the opening hours, as they may vary.

Can I take photos inside the museum?

Yes, photography for personal use is generally allowed. However, there might be restrictions in certain buildings, and it’s advised to respect privacy.

Is the museum accessible for people with mobility challenges?

While the museum has some uneven terrain, it is generally accessible. There are also electric scooters available for rent to assist visitors with mobility issues.

Are there special events or festivals held at Ballenberg?

Yes, Ballenberg hosts special events and festivals throughout the year. Check the event calendar for details on cultural celebrations, music performances, and themed activities.



3 Reviews
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Callum

Group Traveller

The trip to Ballenberg offered an interactive cultural exploration. Engaging with artisans, participating in traditional activities, and witnessing live demonstrations made the Swiss heritage come alive, providing a hands-on and educational experience

1. October 2023

Brielle

Couple Traveller

Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum serves as an architectural time capsule. The diverse collection of historic buildings from different regions of Switzerland showcases the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the country

2. May 2023

Archer

Solo Traveller

Visiting Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum was like stepping into living history. The meticulously preserved buildings, traditional crafts, and the immersive experience of rural Swiss life made it a captivating journey through time

30. April 2023

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