Ballenberg – Swiss Architecture

There is a fantastic open-air museum at Ballenberg, near Interlaken, at the very center of Switzerland. It is beautifully organized in woodland and meadow, to represent a geographical map of Switzerland, depicting by area a historical collection of rural buildings from the 15th to the 19th century. All of the structures were brought from their original locations and rebuilt on the site of the museum. Switzerland, because of its central location has a huge variety of different architectural styles, so no one style can said to be typical or dominant. As a general rule most are built on a stone foundation with the upper levels constructed in wood, with roofs of wooden shingles. The experience of walking through the museum is like physically traveling back through time. You can enter most of the buildings and because they are still mostly in their original state, complete with hanging clothes, kitchen utensils and furniture you really get a sense of how it must have been to live in one of these houses. Real people ate, slept, wept and died many times over in these buildings and there is an almost church like reverence in the atmosphere that is created, by the dark wood interiors with their lingering smells of old smoke, oil and wood.

About Mark Hodgson

Designer and creative professional based in Jutland, Denmark


  1. Adore Switzerland. Very fond memories indeed.

  2. Amazing work. How long does it take you to complete one of the colored sketches?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Nifti, thank you for your takes about half an hour to an hour I guess, depending on how many times I get distracted, have to get up to make a tea, answer the phone, eat, etc etc 🙂 🙂

  3. Hauntingly beautiful. You’re work is very unique.

  4. theanarchiclout

    Reblogged this on the anarchic lout and commented:
    this blog is bloody gorgous

    • Thank you very much and for the reblog…I am taking a trip to theanarchiclout to have a look! 🙂 🙂

      • theanarchiclout

        thanks. you commented on my zurich photos, so i took a look at yours 🙂

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