Every single city, town and village in Switzerland is beautiful enough to captivate everyone to an extent one would want to visit the country again and again. Zeroing down on one location or be able to visit nook and cranny of the country is impractical because everything in Switzerland is splendid and marvelous.
Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that displays around 100 residential and agricultural buildings each representing different regions of the country. All the farmhouses, stables or the barns are buildings transported from their original sites and rebuilt in the Ballenberg Open Air Museum to give an impeccable touch of the authentic Switzerland.
To reach Ballenberg one has to take a 15-minute bus ride from Brienz station. The museum has two entrances east and west both of which have a bus stop, car parking, souvenir shop and ticket counter. We arrived at the east entrance of the museum which was the final destination of the bus.
We bought tickets, collected a self-guided map and started walking through the paved paths of the museum. The illustrious map provided us with a detailed information on whereabouts of the museum, the routes, the stroller or the wheelchair accessible paths and the restaurants.
Most parts of the museum have stroller accessible paved paths. For others, we had to park the baby stroller, climb the hilly area visit the places and return to continue on the paved path. We visited barns and tiny farms for pigs and chickens.
We had a chance to taste the cheese in the cheese factories demonstrating the cheese-making process.
We found vivid flower gardens, Chestnut fields and vineyards.
Switzerland’s native animals like cows, goats and horses grazing on the meadows.
Dwellings with kitchens and living rooms showcasing the rural life in Switzerland and the cowbell exhibits created a perfect atmosphere of the typical traditional Switzerland.
The central area of the museum houses a large recreation area with playground having swings and slides for kids, a restaurant and a barbecue area with tables great to have some fun picnic time. Several Potable water reserves could be found throughout the museum.
We finally came to the west entrance and decided to walk all the way to the station enjoying the stunning countryside.
We rambled through the lovely chalets adorned with bright flowers, trees peppered with red apples at every corner of the street and the green fields dotted with colorful wildflowers everywhere.
Every now and then we could get a glimpse of the blue lake on the other side of the railway track and were wondering if we could reach there. We were half the way when we saw a lady walking towards an underpass and decided to follow her. We came out of the underpass and stood there stunned by the vast stretch of the blue Brienz Lake with a backdrop of high rocky verdant mountains.
An old couple was slowly pulling down an anti-hail net on a tiny vineyard in their backyard, an old lady was watering her flower pots and another couple was cleaning their boat and the fishing net. Everything seemed magical as if from a fantasy storybook. After spending some time taking in the charm and serenity of the lake we finally walked back to the station.
A visit to Ballenberg museum definitely won’t satiate a Swiss lover in you but would definitely introduce you the pristine soul of this wonderful country.
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