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Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum Ticket

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Head over to Ballenberg - Swiss Open Air Museum, and discover how it preserves and represents traditional rural Swiss buildings!

Highlights

  • See over 100 reconstructed historical buildings from all regions of Switzerland.

  • Enjoy craft demonstrations like cheese and chocolate making, and weaving.

  • Spend an unforgettable day with 200 farm animals.

  • Relax and unwind as you visit the local restaurants, souvenir and specialty shops.

  • Choose between 1-day and 2-day admission tickets.

Inclusions

  • Admission to all houses and exhibitions

  • Admission to craft demonstrations: from baking bread to forging to making bricks and cheese

  • Activities specifically for children and adults

  • Digital map of the park

Exclusions

  • Food and Drinks

  • Parking fee (First hour: CHF 1.00, each additional hour: CHF 1.00.

Day rate: CHF 5.00)

  • Guided tour

  • Horse-drawn carriage (from mid-May to early October)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Sprawled out over an area of 66 hectares, the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum is a microcosm of all things Swiss rural tradition and history. The museum displays about 100 historic buildings from various regions set at different times, all carefully reconstructed in the scenic foothills of the Alps.

The Ballenberg Open-Air Museum first opened in 1978 with only 16 wooden chalets and barns. Over time, stables, bakeries, mills, a chapel, half-timbered townhouses were relocated here brick by brick. Set amongst flower gardens and crop fields, these quintessential Swiss buildings create a convincing 17th-century rural landscape. Think horses and cows (with tinkling bells) roaming free, and costumed characters farming the land, making cheese, and chocolate.

There are also exhibitions of clothing, tools, and herbal medicines, plenty of craft demonstrations, and picturesque mountain vistas to fall in love with.

Important Information

  • In the restaurants and at the food trucks, there are different kinds of food and beverages, tasty light refreshments and home-style dishes, traditional Swiss specialities and menus for groups.

  • Restaurants: Alter Bären, Degen, Wilerhorn, Osteria Novazzano

  • Ballenberg inns accept EC/Maestro, Mastercard/Eurocard, Postcard, VISA, Reka cheques.

  • Payment in euros is possible for the same amount as in CHF.

  • The nearest cash machine is in Brienz, at the railway station.

  • Throughout the museum grounds, there are tables and benches available for an enjoyable picnic in the open air. The barbecue areas are equipped with firewood and running water.

  • Please note that if there is a «Foehn» wind (coming from the Alps) barbecuing is not allowed throughout the museum grounds.

  • Electric wheelchair: The wheelchair can also be comfortably and safely controlled while it’s moving by the accompanying person. The museum has two of these electric wheelchairs. Daily rental price (excluding entrance fee): CHF 25. Make sure to pick up your wheelchair by 9 AM and drop it off by 5 PM. The wheelchair should be collected from and returned to the west entrance (Hofstetten). Maximum permitted weight of the user is 100kg.

  • Unfortunately, it’s not possible to enter the historical houses with this wheelchair.

  • We recommend wearing closed sturdy footwear (for dirt tracks) and carrying a rain shield.

  • Dogs are admitted free of charge. Please keep them on a short leash.

  • Lockers are available at the East and West ticket offices. Large items of luggage can be stored in a lockable room.

Timings

Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 0-6 can go for free. Children aged 6-16, families with 2 adults and 2 children, as well as those with AHV/IV enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Ticket Redemption Point

Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

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