During our holidays in September/October we spent one day in the open air museum in Ballenberg. It shows the Switzerland of centuries past, giving a unique "live" insight into Swiss history. Almost one hundred traditional rural buildings have been painstakingly rebuilt. In addition visitors are shown how the rural population lived, worked and cultivate customs in bygone days. Demonstrations of thirty traditional country crafts and trades and 250 resident farm animals make Ballenberg an enthralling experience. I visited the museum several times but this time I looked at it the shabby chic way... and my eyes were not deceived. The first building I am showing to you is a house from Burgdorf (near Berne) built in 1872. It is a patrician villa whose facade imitates a rural style. It was built in the midst of a park-like garden for a textile manufacturer. To me it is the most sophisticated house and as you can see in the inside very, very beautiful!
This artisan's house was built in 1778 and comes from Herzogenbuchsee (Berne) as well. It contains a historical pharmacy on it's grounds which is an attraction to all visitors:
Hubby intends to build such drawers with sunburnt wood he bought. I hope he really will....
Did you like this excursion? I hope so! There is more to come!
♥ Emilie's daughter ♥
pics by me