We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

Travellers' Choice award winner
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Museumsstrasse 131, Brienz 3858, Switzerland
Phone Number:
+41 33 952 10 30
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Description:

More than one hundred centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland,...

More than one hundred centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by. Ballenberg is indeed unique.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$48.31*
and up
Ballenberg Swiss Open Air Museum Entrance Ticket and Horse Carriage Ride
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 562 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 184
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
A must on your holiday activities:

We chose a nice, sunny day to go to Ballenberg. We also had a dog with us. I imagined it a much, much smaller place. Thank God we went there early enough to see the most of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
scheringin
,
zurich
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

562 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 237: English reviews
zurich
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We chose a nice, sunny day to go to Ballenberg. We also had a dog with us. I imagined it a much, much smaller place. Thank God we went there early enough to see the most of the it. People do please plan the WHOLE DAY if you want to explore and enjoy this place before the closing time at... More 

Helpful?
Thank scheringin
FLMBallenberg, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear scheringin Thank you for your friendly feedback. We are very pleased that you had a great day at the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg. We would be delighted to welcome you soon again at our museum. Kind regards from Ballenberg More 

palmerston north
Level Contributor
58 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is amazing. Try and go from both entrances and go a few times. So you can really experience what is on offer. An open air museum with activities like hat making, bread making, all the original Swiss activities from all the cantons. Divided into the cantons with houses from each. Worth taking the horse and cart to get... More 

Helpful?
Thank kiwibaby
Danielle B, Marketing & Sales at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear kiwibaby Thank you for your five star review. It is a pleasure to read that you like to visit the Swiss Open-Air Museum and are making great suggestions for other guests. This year we put our animals at the center of attention so there is much to be discovered. We are looking forward on welcoming you again during the... More 

Fort Worth, United States
Level Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

When you come, be sure to leave lots of time! We spent a day here and could have spent more! My family loved seeing the history. I would recommend packing your lunch if you have picky eaters.

Helpful?
Thank AnthonySter
Danielle B, Marketing at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear U8859GOanthonys, Thank you for your rating. We are pleased that you liked your visit and enjoyed it. There are 3 restaurants on the museum ground as well as picnic and grill spots, in case you prefer to take your lunch with you. We are always happy to show our guests the Swiss history, which can be seen in our... More 

Beverly, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
263 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Great to go into Swiss houses! Learnt so much about life in the past and Present. Houses were appointed with antiques and history. Farming was done in a traditional manner and exhibits were ongoing when we were there. Wish we had more time to explore!

Helpful?
Thank Jake_MA_11
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jake_MA_11 Thank you for your kind rating and your feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your excursion to the ballenberg museum. We would be delighted to welcome you soon again at the Swiss Open-Air Museum. Kind regards More 

Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
142 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I hadn't expected to spend the entire day at Ballenberg, but I did. And I still had to omit a couple of sections. It was an absolute adventure to wander through time and get a glimpse at what life would have been like for the Swiss. I always wanted to see inside all of those old wooden barns which you... More 

Helpful?
Thank stormbird
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear stormbird Thank you very much for your 5-star rating and your beautiful description about the Ballenberg museum. We are very pleased that you had an unforgettable day in the Swiss Open-Air Museum. We would be delighted to welcome you soon again in the Ballenberg. Kind regards More 

Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We came on a rainy day as our wet weather plan and we totally regretted. The rain and the fog dampened our experience. Many of the cottages were not lit. Because of that, we could hardly see inside the houses since the rainy sky is rather dark. Ironically, there are words inside some of the houses for the visitors to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cat W
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Cat W Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry that you could not enjoy the stay in our Swiss Open-Air Museum. It is true that you do not have the same atmosphere if it is a rainy day. And you are right that we do not adding electrical lights because we want to preserve the originality of... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

What a great and unforgettable experience ! This is a not to be missed fantastic attraction going back to the old days and experience the way of living then... I would believe that this is globally a very unique arrangement. Great for visiting Families and School groups. Wear good shoes as this will take you all day ... some good... More 

Helpful?
Thank petermuellerborneo
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear petermuellerborneo Thank you very much for this amazing feedback. It is an honour for us to preserve Swiss culture and make it accessible to the public. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your journey through the past at our open-air museum and hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards from Ballenberg More 

Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing, it has so much exciting things to offer as well as the beautiful nature of its placement! Wear sensible shoes and pack an extra jacket and this will be a trip to remember. There are some good food options with a variety of Swiss food depending on the area of origin but you could also bring... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stephanie H
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Hello Stephanie H Thank you for your visit and your kind feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your trip in our Swiss open-air museum. We would be delighted if you visit us one day again. Kind regards Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum Kind regards Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum More 

Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We've visited this unique and very interesting place as a family with two little children (3 +5 years) and loved it! There is so many things to see and learn about for any ages, we definitely have to come back as one afternoon is nice but not enough ;-)! Thank you for a great day even in pouring rain!

Helpful?
Thank ChristianSuiMex
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Hello ChristianSuiMex Thank you for your friendly feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the trip in the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. We are looking forward to welcome you again in our Museum. Kind regards Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum More 

Chantilly, Virginia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is a charming village that depicts life in the old days of Switzerland. The closest I have seen to a presentation like this is Colonial Williamsburg (U.S.), though this is much larger. You can go inside all the different buildings and also see presentations of things like cheese making, various embroidery, carving, weaving, etc. Be aware that there is... More 

Helpful?
Thank MKSSA
Livia B, Marketing und Verkauf at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, responded to this review

Hello MKSSA Thank you very much for your Feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your trip in the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. Thank you for your recommandation to start in the east. This is a good piece of advice. We would be delighted if you visit us one day again. Kind regards Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum More 

Travellers who viewed Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum also viewed

Brienz, Bernese Oberland
Brienz, Bernese Oberland
 
Interlaken, Bernese Oberland
Brienz, Bernese Oberland
 

Been to Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and other visitors
16 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (16)

Questions? Get answers from Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?