Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Open-air museum closes for winter soon

 To be seen in Ballenberg: A typical Bernese Oberland chalet built in the 17th century.
This is what our house must have looked like originally.
If you haven't been to Ballenberg yet, I urge you to go. Ballenberg is an open-air museum located near Brienz. There, you will find more than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland as well as farmyard animals, demonstrations of traditional crafts, vegetable gardens and fields and more. Houses are grouped according to region and are linked through a series of paths that lead through enchanting rolling hills and forests.

Ballenberg closes for the winter Monday October 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. The museum reopens Good Friday, April 6, 2012. For more information, click here.

A typical garden fence to keep out animals.


Another vegetable garden... ready for the winter.
A cool staircase.




The living and dining room.



The kitchen.



Inside the fireplace looking up the chimney.



Outdoor stairs


The exterior stairs under the eaves. Note the simple beams. No fancy stuff here.




A typical window.



A door lock.

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