Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Hofstetten bei Brienz

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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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  • This is a great place for families with kids. So much to learn and see. The opening hours are almost too short to see it all...  more »
  • We had friends visiting and this was a great day out. The setting alone is fantastic and they loved the proximity to the Alps and the views to be had. The museum was great. Everything was...  more »
  • Wow.. each House in the Museum was a treat to watch! Walk around the campus was also very picturesque!! There is a play area and Restaurant in the campus which was a treat after the long walk..
  • Large open air museum, plan on spending the whole day here! It is best enjoyed on a good weather day. We had a few rain showers while we were there but it did not ruin our experience. It's a great museum for all ages with very interesting exhibits about the history of Switzerland.

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