In the central nave, paintings and works from the private collection of Reinhold Messner, which represent the Dolomites from Romanticism to contemporary art. The works alternate with panoramic views from the museum's windows overlooking Monte Schiara, Monte Agnèr, Cimon della Pala, Monte Civetta, Marmolada, Monte Pelmo, Tofana di Rozes, Sorapis and Antelao. Some testimonies of the origin of the dolomitic rock are also exposed: fossils of claraia shells 250 million years old, fossils of palm ferns 240 million years old and other findings that remind us of the existence of coral reefs in this location.
Perched in the Venosta Valley, Castel Juval houses the part of the museum dedicated to the "myth" of the mountain and its sacredness. From Olimpio to Ararat, from Sinai to Kailash, from Fujiama in Japan to Ayers Rock in Australia – for many people the mountain is something to be worshipped. A collection of paintings with views of the great sacred mountains, a precious collection of Tibetan memorabilia and masks from the five continents, the Tantra room and, in the basements, the equipment used by Reinhold Messner in his expeditions.
The easiest to reach, being located in Brunico Castle. Here the mountain peoples are celebrated, in fact in the Tibetan language rimeans mountain and pa means man.
Modern mountaineering was conceived of 250 years ago, but it is more than 10,000 years that humans have been living on and visiting the mountain ranges. First to hunt, then to lead herds and flocks to pasture, then to work the land and raise livestock. Mountain peoples have been able to develop their own art of survival based on personal responsibility, on the renunciation of consumption, on mutual aid.
The view from the castle on Plan de Corones, Valle Aurina and the Alps of the Zillertal valley is splendid.
Dedicated to the theme of ice and set up in a modern underground structure, the museum is located in Solda, at 1,900 metres above sea level, at the foot of the Ortles glacier. A place not easily accessible, to the point that in 1774 Peter Anich referred to it as the "End of the world", in his famous map of Tyrol. Here we investigate the terror of ice and darkness, the myths of the snow man and the snow lion, the white-out and the Third Pole, in a journey through two centuries of history of ice, skiing, and ice climbing equipment and expeditions to the poles. For the most curious palates, the Yak&Yeti trattoria, next to the museum, offers South Tyrolean and Himalayan specialities.
Author : The Slowear Journal