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15/07/2024
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Daily schedule 15/07/2024

Hands-on activityBuilding no.Time
Woodland playground33110.00 - 17.00
All yours – create Ballenberg anew36110.15 - 16.30
Bring on the water!49110.15 - 16.30
Butter making11110.15 - 16.30
Children`s games62210.15 - 16.30
Covering a tiled roof14110.15 - 16.30
Enchanted Forest71110.15 - 16.30
Hands-on house22110.15 - 16.30
Planing and woodwork102110.15 - 16.30
Silk workshop85110.15 - 16.30
Crafts demonstrationBuilding no.Time
Baking bread33310.15 - 12.00
Grinding wheat112110.15 - 16.30
Hat making21110.15 - 16.30
Pottery105110.15 - 16.30
Sewing61110.15 - 16.30
Shingle making49410.15 - 16.30
Smoking32110.15 - 16.30
Weaving111110.15 - 16.30
Wood carving103110.15 - 16.30
Making cheese136111.00 - 12.30
Bone Mill69213.00 - 13.15
Silk production85113.00 - 15.00
Sawing69113.15 - 15.45
Bone Mill69216.00 - 16.15

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Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg gibt es einen Waldspielplatz mit Siebenschläferbau.

Woodland playground

Hands-on activity

From listening to testing your balance, from building sandcastles to hide-and-seek – the playground at the ‘Alter Bären’ Restaurant (311) on the edge of the forest is a fun place for children of all ages.

15.07.2024
10.00 - 17.00
Mutz- und Schurz Magnetspiel im Ballenberg

All yours – create Ballenberg anew

Hands-on activity

Younger visitors can have a go at rearranging the Swiss Open-Air Museum – thanks to the magnetic pieces!

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Das Handwerk Brotbacken wir im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg im Detail gezeigt.

Baking bread

Crafts demonstration

In olden days baking your own bread was of great importance in order to put food on the table. Farmers’ wives would bake their bread in the oven houses, which were often owned by the local community. In the baking room of the Stöckli from Detligen/Radelfingen BE (333) the Museum’s bakers fire up the wood-burning oven every day in the early morning.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 12.00
Die Mitmachaktivität «Wasser marsch!» begeistert Gross und Klein im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Bring on the water!

Hands-on activity

There’s a fire! At the ‘Brandboden’ our younger guests can pretend they’re in the fire brigade! When the bucket is filled with water, the hand sprayer is used. Using all their strength they have to pump enough water to put out the fire. When the bell rings, you’ve beaten the fire.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg können Kinder selber Butter machen.

Butter making

Hands-on activity

Make your own butter: Shake cream until it turns into butter.

If cream is shaken or beaten for long enough, it turns into butter and buttermilk. Try it – and enjoy your homemade butter on bread.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg können Kinderspiele ausprobiert werden.

Children`s games

Hands-on activity

In the cellar in the granary from Wellhausen TG (622), our younger visitors can play with the toys of their ancestors. Little ones can walk around on stilts, ride a hobbyhorse, look through children’s books, pile up building blocks, dress up rag dolls or play a game of ring-toss – now, how many of those old games do you remember?

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg gibt es Stationen zum Mitmachen und Ausprobieren. So auch hier: Versuchen Sie sich beim Ziegeldachdecken.

Covering a tiled roof

Hands-on activity

The individual roof tiles are heavy, but they keep out the rain for many years. Have a go yourself and help re-roof our houses.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Kinder entdecken den Zauberwald im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Enchanted Forest

Hands-on activity

An elf and his helpers meet at the edge of the woods. They are the principle figures in the exhibition "Enchanted Forest" and lead the children from one theme to another.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum wird regelmässig das Handwerk Mahlen gezeigt.

Grinding wheat

Crafts demonstration

Bread and, naturally therefore, flour played a central role in the everyday life of the rural population in former times. The ingenious old water wheel mills still bear witness to those times today. The Mill from Törbel VS (1121) in the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum demonstrates how the milling process worked. It is a so-called “Stockmühle”, that is to say, it has a vertical shaft and a horizontal wheel.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Auf dem Ballenberg im Haus zum Berühren können Kinder viel anfassen und ausprobieren.

Hands-on house

Hands-on activity

You can touch the exhibits here – and join in fun, hands-on activities too. Depending on the day, experts will help you learn how to weave straw, do woodwork or even print bags.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg wird das Handwerk Hutmachen demonstriert.

Hat making

Crafts demonstration

In the year 2000 the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum took possession of a complete hat maker's workshop. Its new home is in the Dwelling from Villnachern AG (211). On certain days of the week it is possible to watch the hat makers at work.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Hobeln und Werken, eine Mitmachaktivität im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg

Planing and woodwork

Hands-on activity

The hobby workshop in the Dwelling from Matten, Berne (1021) invites you to do-it-yourself.

The hand plane is used to work on wooden surfaces, joints and edges. You can try this tool at the workbench  and take your piece of wood with you. On the second table there are materials that have been found, are off-cuts or collected for recycling which are ready to be used for handicrafts. Find ideas on site in the sketch book. You can also record your project in the book for other visitors.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Handwerk Töpfern im Kleinbauernhaus mit Töpferei aus Unterseen BE (1051) im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Pottery

Crafts demonstration

In the Small Farmhouse from Unterseen BE (1051) there is a small pottery workshop, just like the ones found in villages in the old days, when pottery was made by hand in small family enterprises. All the various stages of production are to be seen at Ballenberg, from the turning on the wheel, to the pre-firing (bisque firing), to the glaze firing, to the engobe decoration. The potteryware can be purchased directly in the pottery workshop.

Nähen auf einer historischen Nähmaschine: Dieses und viele weitere Handwerke sehen Sie im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Sewing

Crafts demonstration

Sewing using a machine but zero electricity – is that possible? Come and try it out for yourself in the vintner’s house from Richterswil, Zurich (611).

Cottage industries were a vital source of additional income for large sections of the rural population. Individual family members and sometimes entire families would work as spinners, weavers, embroiderers and seamstresses at home and later in factories. They worked for an employer who delivered the materials and later collected the finished products. Aprons and shirts are examples of goods that were sewn. Experience this process up close and have a go yourself in the vintner’s house from Richterswil.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg wird das Handwerk Schindeln im Detail gezeigt.

Shingle making

Crafts demonstration

The precision and dexterity required for shingle-making is demonstrated at the Brandboden (494) when the museum’s shingle makers are at work there.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Seidenproduktion im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg: Ein unscheinbares Tierchen produziert einen der kostbarsten Stoffe der Welt: die Seide.

Silk workshop

Hands-on activity

Want to let your creativity run wild in a room full of high-quality materials? Step into our silk workshop!

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Handwerk Räuchern im Bauernhaus aus Madiswil BE (321) im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Smoking

Crafts demonstration

In the dark kitchen of the farmhouse from Madiswil BE (321) farmers’ wives prepared the daily food. They stood in the smoke for many hours at the low stove - an everyday life that is hard to imagine. The smoke from the hearth fire served to preserve sausages, bacon and other pieces of meat. These days sausages hang from the ceiling in smoke - you can purchase these ‘homemade’ sausages in the Ballenberg shop.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg wird regelmässig das Handwerk Weben gezeigt.

Weaving

Crafts demonstration

The women weavers in the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum regularly sit at the 200-year-old loom in the weaving cellar, letting the shuttles glide across the warp. In the weaving cellar it is possible to purchase handwoven products such as the legendary “Znüni”, bread bags with the Haslital pattern, or towels and linen Kirschstein bags.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Das Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg zeigt im Wohnhaus aus Brienz BE (1031) das Handwerk Holzschnitzen.

Wood carving

Crafts demonstration

The Ballenberg Open-Air Museum houses the former workshop of the brothers Alfred (1882-1972) and Hans Stähli (1887-1979) in the Dwelling from Brienz BE (1031). Modern-day wood carvers have equipped a new workshop alongside the old one of the Stähli brothers, and here they demonstrate how the tradition of wood carving has withstood the test of time.

15.07.2024
10.15 - 16.30
Erleben Sie wie frischer Käse im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg hergestellt wird.

Making cheese

Crafts demonstration

The cheese dairy in Ballenberg functions on an almost daily basis. In House 1361, the Alpine Cheese Dairy from Kandersteg BE, visitors can not only look at the various bits of apparatus needed for cheesemaking but also follow the process itself as it happens.

15.07.2024
11.00 - 12.30
Die Knochenstampfe aus Knonau ZH im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg ist regelmässig in Betrieb.

Bone Mill

Crafts demonstration

The pounding machine from the Bone mill from Knonau, Zurich (692) is almost entirely made of cast iron. The waterwheel rotates a shaft with eight metal arms. They lift the heavy iron pins, which fall onto the boiled bones under their own weight. The blows following one another in mere seconds crush the boiled bones until the catchment trough contains nothing but meal.

15.07.2024
13.00 - 13.15

Silk production

Crafts demonstration

The Farmstead from Novazzano (851) is dedicated to silk production and finishing. The silk-maker’s tasks vary depending on the season and include feeding the silkworms, reeling and doubling. If you’d like to find out more about silk, feel free to ask one of our team members on site. 

15.07.2024
13.00 - 15.00

Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg wird regelmässig das Handwerk Sägen gezeigt.

Sawing

Crafts demonstration

The loud puffing and wheezing in the Sawmill from Rafz ZH (691) can be heard from a long way off. The regular rhythmic noise of the machine is an almost daily feature at the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum when the sawyers start it up and begin sawing wood the old way. The drive mechanism is a showpiece in itself. The power is delivered by an overshot water wheel. The water shoots out of the channel from above, falls on to the wheel blades and sets the wheel in motion. The drive power is transmitted to the frame saw in several stages by means of giant cog wheels and transmission belts.

15.07.2024
13.15 - 15.45
Die Knochenstampfe aus Knonau ZH im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg ist regelmässig in Betrieb.

Bone Mill

Crafts demonstration

The pounding machine from the Bone mill from Knonau, Zurich (692) is almost entirely made of cast iron. The waterwheel rotates a shaft with eight metal arms. They lift the heavy iron pins, which fall onto the boiled bones under their own weight. The blows following one another in mere seconds crush the boiled bones until the catchment trough contains nothing but meal.

15.07.2024
16.00 - 16.15

Gastronomy

Legen Sie im Wirtshaus Bären im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg eine genussvolle Pause ein.

"Alter Bären" Restaurant

open daily, 9 am to 6 pm
Bernese Midlands, House-Nr. 311
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Legen Sie im Gastahus Degen im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg eine genussvolle Pause ein.

"Degen" Restaurant

open daily, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Central Switzerland, House-Nr. 731
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In our daily schedule we constantly publish the activities for the season. The plan is updated monthly, so please check back from time to time.

Ballenberg
Swiss Open-Air Museum

Museumsstrasse 100
CH-3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz

+41 33 952 10 30
info@ballenberg.ch

Opening hours

11 April to 27 October 2024
10 am to 5 pm daily

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