A cross between Switzerland’s version of a Colonial Williamsburg and a petting zoo, the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum near Brienz highlights life in the alpine country throughout the centuries, with 13 groups of buildings representative of nearly every region in Switzerland. Wander the grounds and you’ll see, for example, thatched-roof farmhouses from the Bernese Oberland, a Baroque village chapel from the Valais, and alpine huts from Nidwalden. You’ll also find traditional craftspeople—woodworkers, bakers, weavers, potters—plying their trades in various shops and studios. For added authenticity (and kid-friendliness) more than 200 native farm animals make their home on the property.
For more information about museums and family activities around Jungfrau and Interlaken, visit myswitzerland.com.
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