Sights and culture in South Tyrol
Tauferer Ahr valley
- Taufers Castle
- Mineralogical Museum Kirchler
- Exhibition mine and climate tunnels, Prettau
- Reiner Waterfall in Sand in Taufers
- Holy Ghost Church
- South Tyrol Museum of Ethnography
- Nature-park house and museum Rieserferner-Ahrn, Sand in Taufers
- Museum of the manger "Maranatha"
- Tauferer Nature Learning Path
- Taufers Parish Museum
- Parish church of Uttenheim
Puster Valley (Pustertal)
- Messner Mountain Museum RIPA at Brunico
- Municipal Museum in Brunico (Bruneck)
- Mountain pine oil distillery – Herb garden Bergila
- Dolomythos in San Candido (Innichen)
- Monastery Museum in San Candido (Innichen)
- Ladin Museum
- Museum of Ötzi - The Iceman at Bolzano
- South Tyrol Museum of Natural History in Bolzano (Bozen)
- Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
- Diocesan Museum
- Pharmacy Museum of Bressanone (Brixen)
This powerful medieval fortress structure makes its historical significance evident. Formerly the castle of the lords of Taufers (Tures), it came into the possession of the South Tyrol Institute of Castles in 1977. It was extended in the 15th and 16th cen. into a spacious residential fortress. Completely furnished and very well preserved, this castle is among one of the largest and most beautiful in all of Tyrol. The frescoes in the castle chapel, painted by Friedrich Pacher, are particularly precious.
Mineralogical Museum Kirchler
The formation of the Alps is shown in a fascinating manner through mineral strata from the Hohe Tauern National Park collected over the decades by Josef Kirchler. Over 750 examples of have been put on display from the areas of the Zillertal Alps and the Hohe Tauern: rock crystal as the epitome of crystal, whose clarity is reminiscent of the eternal ice of the highest peaks, as well as feldspar, rutile, purple amethyst, fluorite, sparkling apatite, emeralds, and sphene, with its enchanting deep green color will all enchant the observer. In addition to the largest piece of smoky quartz in all of South Tyrol, the 'contorted' rock crystal from the Prettau (Predoi) mine is a special attraction.
Exhibition mine and climate tunnels, Prettau
Copper was mined in Prettau for more than 400 years. Today the mine gallery of St Ignaz has been opened to visitors. The mine train takes visitors more than one kilometer into the enchanting world of the subterranean. The administrative centre of the mine was in Steinhaus; the former granary, a food warehouse for the mineworkers, has been the home of the Steinhaus Mining Museum since autumn 2000.
And in the climate tunnels, 1,100 meters within the mountain and are reserved as a place for peace, relaxation and recuperation. The micro-climate in the inactive tunnel helps people suffering from respiratory problems.
Reiner Waterfall in Sand in Taufers
The Rein Creek is a left tributary of the Ahr. It emerges above Rein in Taufers and flows through the Rein Valley and the Tobel Gorge with the spectacular Rein Creek Waterfalls. The upper and middle Rein Creek waterfalls have a height of about 50 m, the bottom one about 10 to 15 m. Alongside the Rein Creek Waterfalls runs the Path of Reflexion to the Sun Song of Saint Francis.
Holy Ghost Church
Built in 1455 and consecrated by cardinal Nikolaus Cusanus. The northern most church of Italy.
South Tyrol Museum of Ethnography
Founded in 1976, the Museum of Ethnography is the oldest of the provincial museums of South Tyrol. It is located in the imposing Mair am Hof residence in the Puster (Pusteria) Valley. Taken note of by travel writers as early as the 19th cen., the manor is now home to an open-air museum which offers a view of social life in the past with the juxtaposition of houses of the nobility, self-reliant agriculturists, and smaller farmers, along with several examples of the technology of the period. The instructional itinerary portrays the cultural history of a simple people with emphasis on everyday work in the fields and on the farm.
Nature-park house and museum Rieserferner-Ahrn, Sand in Taufers
The Nature-park house fits in with the motto of the nature park “The limits of the nature and the limits of man“.
Museum of the manger "Maranatha"
A journey through the world and history of mangers.
Tauferer Nature Learning Path
The Tauferer Nature Learning Path was built and opened in 2005. The characterization of our cultural landscape are on the markings for this trail, which illustrate fauna, floral and historical agricultural methods. This path especially offers encouragements to touch, explore, remember and reflect - it invites the visitor to wander through nature with open eyes and ears.
The path starts at the Tauferer Town Hall where you head north and after app. 50 m. branch off to the right, cross over the bridge, turn left and go along the river following the path which then turns right and leads up to the castle. This will take you through the old pay-toll and then up the dirt road to the castle, - also interesting to visit if time allows.
Taufers Parish Museum
The Taufers (Tures) Parish Museum is located at the north side of the parsonage garden in the village. Deacon Munter collected a variety of artworks from the churches and chapels of Taufers, as well as objects on loan from public and private collections.
Parish church of Uttenheim
Originally it was a Romanic building, but later it was further built in a Gothic style. It has a very valuable altar made by the so called "Meister von Uttenheim". The real name of him is unknown. Today he belongs to the great masters of Gothic. He is probably the master of the great Michael Pacher.
Messner Mountain Museum RIPA at Brunico
The Projects: one idea - five houses
With the central museum in Sigmundskron and the four houses around, which each has an especial theme, the famous South Tyrolean climber Reinhold Messner wants to create a unique Mountain-Museum.
At Brunico castle - at the gate to the Dolomites - the 5th MMM Ripa from Reinhold Messner has been opened in July 2011.
The other four museums are in Solda at the Ortles Mountain, Juval Castle in Naturno, Sigmundskron Castle in Bolzano and the Monte Rite in Cadore in the province of Belluno. According to Reinhold Messner this museum in Brunico would lead to a synergy between the alpine population and the Museum of Ethnography in Teodone.
Municipal Museum in Brunico (Bruneck)
The new museum contains parts of the art history collection of the former museum, including the woodcarvings and paintings of Michael and Friedrich Pacher. The main focus, however, is on modern graphic arts by regional artists. There is a special section on 'Graphic Arts and Literature' by contemporary artists.
Mountain pine oil distillery – Herb garden Bergila
Home manufacture of essential oils and herbal products.
Daily distillation and guided tours free of charge, from May till November, from Monday to Friday.
Dolomythos in San Candido (Innichen)
A representation of the Dolomites as an area for living and culture through dioramas, reconstructions, three-dimensional models, and films. Fossils and minerals show the Dolomites as an extensive repository of geological processes. Volcanoes, desert landscapes, coral reefs, and deep sea basins in the different geological eras are portrayed, as are flora and fauna. For children, there is an extensive area with the opportunity for a treasure hunt.
Monastery Museum in San Candido (Innichen)
The house in the shadows of the venerable collegiate church of Innichen (San Candido) is one of the most ancient buildings of the Upper Puster (Pusteria) Valley. It houses the museum, archives, and library of the Innichen Monastery. The cathedral treasury, sacred art from the church, and the manuscript collection bear witness to the intellectual and spiritual activity of the most ancient monastery in Tyrol.
Ladin Museum - Tor Castle
In 1996, the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol acquired the Tor Castle for the purpose of establishing a provincial museum dedicated to the culture and history of the Ladin ethnic group. The Dolomite Ladins are the descendants of the Romanized original inhabitants of the land and thus the most ancient of the three linguistic groups in South Tyrol. The language, culture, and history of the Ladin people are portrayed through multimedia displays. Topics that are examined include archeology, history, the Ladin language and identity, the economy, and the observation tower.
South Tyrol Museum of Archeology - The Iceman
Over 5000 years ago, a man climbed up to the icy heights of the Schnalstal glacier and died. He was found by accident in 1991, with his clothes and equipment, mummified and frozen: an archaeological sensation and a unique snapshot of a Copper Age man.
For several years highly specialized research teams examined the mummy and the articles found with it. They have been on exhibit since March 1998 at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
South Tyrol Museum of Natural History in Bolzano (Bozen)
The palace that today houses the Provincial Museum of Natural History was formerly the administrative office building of Emperor Maximilian I. The natural and environmental history of South Tyrol is exhibited on two floors with an area of about 1,000 sq. m. (11,000 sq. ft.)
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle - A fascinating garden
In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, plants from all over the world are gathered together and typical landscapes of South Tyrol are presented. Paths meander uphill through water and terraced gardens, leading to the Sensual Garden or the Japanese Garden, to the cacti and succulents mound or to cultivated plants of the south, like the olive tree and the grapevine.
Founded in 1901, the Diocesan Museum has been situated in the Bishop's Palace in Brixen (Bressanone) since 1976. The Hofburg castle, residence of the prince-bishops from 1250, was the bishop's seat until 1964. In the Historical Section, furnishings, textiles, construction plans, maps, historical documents, and paintings all bear witness to its history. The Art Section shows the development of sacred artwork from the Romanesque period to the Modern Era with sculptures, paintings, and arts and crafts.
Pharmacy Museum of Bressanone (Brixen)
This small museum was opened in 2002 in the building of the Municipal Pharmacy. In its four rooms with a total floor space of 150 sq. m. (1,600 sq. ft.), it blends modern architecture, art and the history of medicines, representing a treasure trove of the history of pharmacy for experts and lay people alike.