Ballenberg Brienz


Today it is Thursday and it is our day of sightseeing. Half of our group went to Ballenberg, where historical houses from various areas of Switzerland can be visited, others took the steam engine from Brienz to the Brienzer Rothorn.

To see everything in the Ballenberg Freilichtmuseum can easily take a full day. Because we had just half a day, we needed to be selective. The first slide below provides an appreciation of the extent of the museum over 4 kilometers of countryside. We were able to join cheese making, bread making and weaving demonstrations. Many of us were impressed by the simplicity of life our ancestors were coping with. Hard work and excellent handcraft were cherished.

Those who wanted to enjoy the day from the top of a Swiss mountain, they boarded a little open-air train. It huffs and puffs up the steep mountain side to the top. Enhanced by beautiful wheather, the top of the Brienzer Rothorn offered a beautiful panorama of the mountains, the lake below and the Pilatus on the other side.

On our return to our hotel in Aeschi, we made a brief foto stop at the caves of Sankt Beatus and thereafter followed the winding road through many tunnels along the North shore of the lake of Brienz.


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