Special exhibition 2024 – SWISS CHALETS

At the end of the 18th century, the so-called chalet or Swiss house style emerged
from the drawing boards of foreign architects. Unrendered wooden buildings with flat gable roofs and ornamental carvings were henceforth regarded as models for carefree life in the Alps. Miniaturised, they became a popular travel souvenir in the 19th century.

The special exhibition 2024 lets you immerse yourself in the bygone world of the “Hüselischnitzler” around 1880 to the popular travel souvenir it still is today. The more detailed the little houses are designed, the more sophisticated the production. From models that fit in the palm of your hand to “sounding” chalets and veritable model buildings that represent the idea of the alpine country as a place of longing and an antipode to urban space.

Permanent exhibition «Woodcarving»

An insight into the big wide world of wood carving!
Friendly laughing bears . Grim mountain people . The famous wooden cow . Intricate groups . Sophisticated forms of nature . Ornamental reliefs . People, animals, figures, forms and much more.

The permanent exhibition is dedicated to the great variety of traditional and artistically significant wood carvings – feel free to immerse yourself! Our wood carver is regularly on site and lets you look over his shoulder.

Special exhibits to date

  • 2020 & 2021 was marked by Carl Binder, a well-travelled famous figure in the history of wood sculpture in Brienz. Over 70 works from his estate provided a representative insight into his work. Due to the pandemic, the exhibit designed for 2020 was taken into 2021.
  • 2019 was all about women with the special and extended permanent exhibition of works from various collections on the theme of “Women Woodcarvers in the Cabinet”. The special exhibition was very well received.

Don’t miss it

It’s an annual highlight for wood artists and visitors from near and far!


The international event takes place every year. The next one is scheduled for July 2 to 6, 2024. See you there!