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Ballenberg landscape theatre

5 July – 19 August 2023

Enjoy open-air theatre in the mystical world of Ballenberg

Ballenberg landscape theatre is one of the best-known open-air theatres in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Here, you can experience cultural stories and traditional customs up close. The amateur actors put their heart and soul into the plays, transporting you to bygone times.

The Ballenberg landscape theatre 2023 at a glance

  • Date: 5 July – 19 August 2023, from Wednesday to Saturday each week

  • Location: Ballenberg, open-air museum

  • Play: "Wyberhaagge"

  • Tickets: Pre-sale starts in spring 2023

  • The theatre is performed in Swiss German only

  • Food/Drink: The tavern «Alter Bären», situated on the way to the theatre, is open to guests before and after the performance. A reservation is necessary

2023: Wyberhaagge – Drama at the Wrestling Festival

The play "Wyberhaagge" was written by Beat Schlatter and Christoph Fellmann and tells the story of event manager and wrestling fan Ben. One day, the young man visits the Bernese Oberland to book the tourist attraction "Life as it was 100 years ago". There, tourists can holiday like it’s 1923. For a short time, Ben can leave behind the noise and stress of Zurich and enjoy the unique tranquillity and nature of the beautiful Bernese Oberland.

In the village, Ben falls in love with the sister of a farmer who also happens to be an amazing wrestler. However, in Alttannen, little village in the Bernese Oberland, wrestling is taboo, and as an ardent wrestling fan, Ben can’t accept the village’s strict ban. Against all the odds, Ben organises a spectacular exhibition bout against the king ... And that’s when the trouble begins!

2024: Der Geltstag (The Bankruptcy) – Or The Inn According to the Latest Fashion

The planned performance of "Der Geltstag"by Jeremias Gotthelf has been postponed to 2024 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The exact details will be available in 2023.

Four reasons why you should attend the Ballenberg landscape theatre

  • Impressive sets

  • Unique, immersive experience

  • Musical masterpieces

  • An enchanting natural backdrop to savour

Personal tip

«Our visit to the Ballenberg landscape theatre was so idyllic and entertaining. Definitely a special theatrical experience for all.»

Accommodation in Interlaken: Book a theatre package

Combine your theatre visit with an excursion to the Holiday Region Interlaken and book your accommodation here.

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