Ballenberg Open-Air Museum

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Ballenberg Open-Air Museum information

adult/child Sfr20/10
Opening hours
10am-5pm mid-Apr–end Oct
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For a fascinating insight into the rural Switzerland of yore, visit Ballenberg Open-Air Museum , set in 80-hectare grounds east of Brienz. Authentically reconstructed farming hamlets take you on an architectural stroll around Switzerland, with 100 century-old buildings from humble wooden huts in Valais to hip-roofed farmhouses in the Bernese Oberland. Demonstrations from bobbin lace–making to cow herding showcase Swiss crafts and traditions. Woodlands, medicinal herb gardens and animals (check out the shaggy black-nosed sheep) are also on site. Picnickers can buy wood-oven bread, homemade cheese and sausage at the shop.