While the Swiss Open-air Museum Ballenberg initially started off with 16 houses and farm buildings on its premises, this number has now increased to more than 100. Surrounded by forests, meadows and limestone rocks, visitors rediscover Swiss traditions: various crafts, such as the burning of resin, lace-making, upholstery and weaving as well as authentically recreated houses, including their interiors, bring the past to life. A special highlight for train enthusiasts is a ride on the Ballenberg steam train which goes from Interlaken Ost to Innertkirchen on selected days in April and October.
Apart from the detailed reconstruction of buildings and objects, visitors can also admire the Swiss flora and fauna which is on display at the Swiss Open-air Museum Ballenberg. A variety of crops represent past landscapes and their vegetation. In addition, 250 farm animals call the museum their home. The petting zoo on the premises puts not only a smile on the little ones’ faces.