Thursday, May 6, 2010

Back to the past

A short train trip from Interlaken along the lake to Brienz and a short bus trip and we were at the Open Air Museum (Freilichtmuseum) at Ballenberg. If ever you're in the area make sure you don't miss it.

We were there the whole day and we only saw a quarter of it - it's so large (66 hectares) and there's so much to see. It's a bit like Sovereign Hill in Ballarat in that they have more than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, farmyard animals (including cows wearing their noisy bells), old-time gardens and demonstrations of crafts. The buildings are arranged in regional styles and we could wander in and out to see the furnishings and architecture. Each building has a descriptive sign (in English). We saw cheese-making, pottery (he was wearing a traditional cap), bee-keeping (with mirrors underneath so we could see the bees working) and weaving (on a 200-year old machine) and there were many more we couldn't see. It is still early in the season so we didn't see the costumes, markets and dance demonstrations but on the other hand we missed the big crowds so we were able to have a really good look. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Then we travelled back to Zurich via Lucerne, a beautiful trip, some of it on a rack railway.

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