Friday, July 3, 2015

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum- 2015

This wonderful outdoor museum...


 ...is filled with antique stables, farmhouses, bakehouses and barns...

                            
                                       ...taken from various parts of Switzerland...

                                                  ...and then rebuilt on-site.


       
                       The rooms are furnished as they might have been 'back then'...







                                           ...and depending on the time of day...

                            ...there are demonstrations of traditional crafts or skills...

                                                     ...like bobbin lace-making...





                                         ...(or other intricate kinds of handiwork)...



                                               ...soup- or cheese- making...

                                                           ...feltmaking(!)...




                                                            ...woodcarving...



                     ...and even milling wooden planks from large, old-growth trees!



                                                   There are lots of animals...











                                      ...and scores of decorative Swiss cow bells.



                              There was one rather modern house on the premises...

                                   ...with light wooden paneling and furnishings...

                 
                                                             ...fleece rugs...




                                  ...and even an expandable, 'accordion' bedframe!



                                             The museum covers 163 acres...

                                ...and the views from every one are breathtaking!



                      I especially liked the collection of hand-fashioned implements...






                          ...and thoughtful, decorative touches like this flower bench.



                                    We stopped for a 'photo op' on our drive home...

                                             ...what a glorious-looking country! 



                          Next time: we head to a Medieval walled city in Germany!

7 comments:

Terriea Kwong said...

Stunning views and very cultural maintained. You must definitely have a great time there?

Rachel said...

oooh, I want to go back to Switzerland!

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea- Yes...I stayed with my 2nd daughter's future in-laws (wedding in a week!!) and we had a wonderful time together!!!
Rachel- It is an amazingly beautiful country.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

...a feast for the eyes. Thank you for showing us this!

Sandra Knapp said...

Absolutely gorgeous. That sounds like an amazing place too.

Teri Berry said...

What beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing. They bring back memories of the IFA conference the year before last, not least the amazing interlaken scenery, I still don't know how I didn't crash the car while I stared, slack-jawed at the beauty all around.

Heather Woollove said...

Dawn and Sandie- I'm glad that you liked the photos!!
Teri- Yes...Pearl Taylor is still tweaking me about missing that glorious conference...:)