Ballenberg – An Open Air Museum for authentic Swiss Experience!

(Last Updated On: September 23, 2017)

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

We found vivid flower gardens, Chestnut fields and vineyards.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Switzerland’s native animals like cows, goats and horses grazing on the meadows.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

We finally came to the west entrance and decided to walk all the way to the station enjoying the stunning countryside.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

Ballenberg An Open Air Museum

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.

What are your views of the open-air museum of Ballenberg? Do share with us in comments.

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38 thoughts on “Ballenberg – An Open Air Museum for authentic Swiss Experience!

  • April 18, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    I’ve never been to Switzerland but if love to go some day – you got some great shots. Looks like a memorable trip.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      Thanks Katie. Yes, it’s an awesome place and we had a great time. You should definitely visit Swiss sometime 😉

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  • April 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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    Beautiful -have always been intrigued with Switzerland and am a big fan of museums and history. What an experience. Your pictures are wonderful

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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      Thank you so much Karen. Yes it was a wonderful experience to walk through the Swiss open air museum.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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    Switzerland is so beautiful, I miss it so much 🙂 love reading your travel adventures and look at your pictures

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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      Thank you so much Denisa. Swiss is amazing indeed.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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    To be honest I cannot believe it is even a museum it is so magical and welcoming that I think even the grumpiest of tourists will enjoy it. I love the pictures of the pastures and fields and your so lucky that you got to taste cheese too!

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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      True Ana. You can easily spend a whole day without getting bored. Everything is so beautiful and amazing. And yes we had our luck on tasty Swiss cheese 😉

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  • April 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm
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    Switzerland is beautiful and I loved how real the museum was. It is some of the prettiest areas to be at! I loved how it seemed really family friendly, too.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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      Yes Alison it’s a perfect family outing place and great fun with kids. Switzerland is beautiful indeed 😉

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  • April 18, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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    This is such a beautiful place! Exploring the area sounds like so much fun. Your pictures are so pretty!

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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      Thanks Liz. True its an awesome place to explore and to have some fun time.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    It is my dream to be able to visit Switzerland. Lovely photos and it seemed you really had a good time in there.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm
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      Yes Fred we had a great time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    Looks like you had a lot of exciting adventures in Switzerland. I feel like it’s sort of sad how they lost some traditions. I mean you can experience those stuff only on those open air museums! 🙁

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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      The adventures are still on. And no the traditions are not lost they do thrive in different parts of the country. The museum is just an easy way for us to experience all of the Switzerland in a single place.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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      True Allan Switzerland is a heavenly place and everyone’s dream. You should plan a visit soon 🙂

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  • April 19, 2016 at 5:00 am
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    It looks like a great place to visit! I enjoy museums like that. You can learn so much. Beautiful flowers, too!

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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      Yes, Bella this open air museum is a great way to experience the Swiss cultures and traditions without having to roam around the whole country 😉

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  • April 19, 2016 at 6:52 am
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    Switzerland is gorgeous! I have driven through some of the country but mostly have been to Zurich. I would love to see more of this beautiful country and this museum looks like a fun experience!

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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      True Carrie. Switzerland is a beautiful country and this open air museum gives you an opportunity to experience the countryside which you mostly don’t get to see in cities like Zurich.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 11:23 am
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    Very nice post! What an awesome destination. The photographs were amazing as well! I look forward to visiting

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      Thanks Jenn. Ballenberg is awesome indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    Wow! This sure looks so beautiful. Would love to go there. Thanks for the inspiration. I will add it to my travel list.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      Thanks Fatima. Do plan a visit and keep us updated 🙂

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  • April 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    Switzerland offers a lot of wonderful scenery and possibilities for wandering throughout the surroundings landscape.

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:36 pm
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      Absolutely true Switzerland is a paradise on earth with lots of wonderful destinations.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm
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    I’ve got a friend who is both Swiss and loves cheese! Need to tell her about this place as she’d absolutely love it 🙂

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    • mm
      April 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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      Thats pretty awesome let us know if your friend makes a plan to visit. We would love to hear your experiences.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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    Switzerland is so beautiful and this open air museum is simply fantastic! Love all your photos, especially with the lake, fields and Switzerland’s native animals! I love nature and I’d love to go there one day! It’s so great you managed to visit the cheese factories and taste the cheese! You’re so lucky! I wish I were there! Pinned your post for the future 🙂

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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      Thank you so much Eugenia. Yes it was awesome to visit the open air museum and experience the Swiss traditions. And yes cheese was very delicious 😉

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  • April 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    This is such a good idea and a great way for tourists to get a feel of different parts of Switzerland and see the different cultures of the various areas but in one trip!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm
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      Completely agree with you. Its really not possible for people other than residents to visit every corner of Swiss. So open air museum sounds like a great idea.

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  • May 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    I have been to Switzerland once to Zurich, traveling through ti by train, was wonderful. Even the toilets in Zurich were pristine clean. The cost of living incredibly expensive. We could just about afford some bread and cheese.

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  • September 11, 2017 at 12:04 am
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    Switzerland in all its pastoral beauty. You present Switzerland as a really nice place to visit. It is presented as a place for thee people who want to get away from the hectic pace of life

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  • September 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm
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    Such a beautiful country!! So many nice pictures!! You made me want to visit Switzerland )

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  • October 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    Your images are gorgeous! And I’m so jealous of your adventures! Your blog has been a big help to me in planning my own travels. Hopefully, I’ll be able to check this one off the bucket list someday!

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