Experience Swiss history at Ballenberg

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Historic buildings and farm animals at Ballenberg

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Ballenberg - experience for the whole family

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Traditional craft of cheese making

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Carriage rides through the Ballenberg

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Over 200 farm animals can be found at Ballenberg


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 from Buochs NW. Observe the multifaceted animal world with its 200 farm animals, learn how cheese is made and immerse yourself in the life of yesteryear.

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! 200 other farm animals such as horses, oxen, mules, geese, ducks and sheep are also dotted about the site. 

Opening hours ((mid-April until end of October)


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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
Rollstuhl-WC vorhanden
Markierte Behindertenparkplätze vorhanden