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What's going on at Ballenberg?

    New special exhibition"Who wears the trousers?"

    The strongest shorts in Switzerland? Compared to other types of wrestling around the world, the answer to this is Swiss wrestling shorts! They are the principal feature and symbol of Swiss wrestling. The new special exhibition at the Swiss Open-Air Museum recounts Swiss wrestling stories from the past and present using these unique shorts, along with a number of different items, including those from the estate of the two-time Swiss wrestling king, Karl Meli from Winterthur.

    More about the exhibition
    Die Sonderausstellung «Die Hose der Bösen: Schwingen – eine lebendige Tradition» im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

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      As a Ballenberg patron, you will help to both shape the present and secure the future of Switzerland's unique open-air museum. You can become a patron of the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum for as little as CHF 5 per month.

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      Trachten und Tänze: Besucherinnen und Besucher tanzen mit Kindern auf dem Ballenberg.

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        Swiss Open-Air Museum

        Museumsstrasse 100

        CH-3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz

        Opening hours

        6 April to 29 October 2023
        10 am to 5 pm daily

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