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General notice

Dear guests and visitors
Due to the weather situation there is a great danger of avalanches in Nidwalden.
Please check the current snow and avalanche situation in advance.

Experience Swiss history at Ballenberg

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Kiosk from Böningen - Shopping like a hundred years ago

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From sheep-shearing to the knitted pullover


Spend an unforgettable day at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum and discover Switzerland on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Explore the 100-plus original centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland, such as a rustic timber

A walk through the centuries

An engaging journey through the past with more than 100 historic buildings from all over Switzerland. Watch the blacksmith at work in the forge and explore the animal life. Enjoy a barbecue, relax in the flower and scent gardens or travel through history during a carriage ride. If food is your thing, you can visit the in-house "Chocolaterie du Ballenberg", have a meal in a comfy restaurant or take home something "homemade" as a souvenir. The variety of Ballenberg – a unique experience! 

Places for children and families

A great playground and the Ballenberg carousel provide action-packed entertainment for mini museum researchers. The petting enclosure is no less exciting: goats, hens, rabbits – everyone's looking forward to the visitors! 250 other farm animals such as horses, oxen, mules, geese, ducks and sheep are also dotted about the site. 

Opening hours (9 April - 1 November 2020)


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission prices 1 day


CHF 24

Children 0-5


Children 6-16

CHF 12


CHF 22

Senior citizens

CHF 22


CHF 54
* Adults with their children / Grandparents with their grandchildren


Location and contact

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg
Museumsstrasse 100
3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz
+41 33 952 10 30
geländegängiger JST-Multidrive-Rollstuhl kann beim Haupteingang gemietet werden
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