The Swiss Open Air Museum Ballenberg shows typical houses and settlements from all parts of Switzerland. Houses and courtyards from the 14th to 19th centuries have been faithfully rebuilt on the museum grounds. Here you can take a look into the kitchens, chambers and living rooms of bygone times.
The historically furnished workshops also invite you to explore them. Using authentic tools, the craftsmen demonstrate old craftsmanship: Carving, basket making, spinning and weaving, lace-making, forging, cheese making and baking.
Of course, animals also belong to the farms. Discover Swiss farm animals cavorting in the meadows and pastures.
Special events revive old traditions and customs. Dances with traditional costumes, brooches and an autumn market are only some of them. Three guesthouses on the premises provide for the physical well-being and serve Swiss specialities, and wood is also available for grilling at the picnic areas.
How to get there
From Bern, take the A6 and A8 in the direction of Interlaken. After Interlaken take the A8 towards Luzern/Interlaken-Ost/Unterseen. Then take the exit Gotthard/Luzern/Brünig/Brienzwiler. Before you reach Brienzweiler, turn in the direction of Hofstetten near Brienz and you come to the Ballenberg open-air museum.