Art, culture & nature highlights

Museums dedicated to every imaginable theme: modern art, ancient traditions, the Ladin cave bear; or bizarre stone formations which do not only invite hobby geologists to take a closer look into the past; impressive churches and castles with precious artefacts and other surprises... The many sights spread across the valley of Pustertal will give you a lot to choose from. 

An Overview
Destinations in the nearby surroundings
  • Castle Bruneck & Taufers
  • Folklore Museum Dietenheim & Museum Mansio Sebatum
  • Show mine Prettau & mining museum
  • Museum Ladin & Ursus ladinicus
  • Lake Antholz & Lake Prags

Messner Mountain Museum Corones

The sixth museum by famous South Tyrolean extreme alpinist Reinhold Messner is located directly on top of the hiking and skiing mountain Kronplatz. In the museum visitors can learn more about the alpine history, but also about the surrounding peaks of the Dolomites and of the Alps are integrated into the exposition with large panoramic windows. The museum building itself is worth seeing, designed by the office of star architect Zaha Hadid.

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Lumen Museum

The Lumen museum is another attraction located at the summit of the nearby mountain Kronplatz and it offers very special insights as well as a fantastic view. Since December 2018, mountain photography is the main topic in the former mountain station of the funicular. Spanning four floors, the exhibition offers the possibility to experience the history of mountain photography from its beginnings until today – showing historic pictures, digital technology and impressive productions.

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Messner Mountain Museum Ripa

In 2011 the honourable castle, which has been overlooking Bruneck since medieval times, has been transformed into the fifth Messner Mountain Museum by South Tyrolean mountaineer legend Reinhold Messner. It carries the name „Ripa“, which is Tibetan for mountain person representing the central theme of the exhibition. The exhibit displays many objects which have been collected by the famous extreme mountaineer on his many excursions to the highest peaks of the world. They illustrate history, culture and way of life of different mountain peoples like Tibetans, Sherpas and Indios. 

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Peace Bell Concordia 2000

The mighty bell, which was designed by artist Paul de Doss-Moroder from Gröden, is hanging on a panoramic platform on Kronplatz. Not only is its location remarkable, positioned directly at the top of the popular ski and hiking mountain, but also its purpose. The latter is clarified by the inscription: „donet deus populis pacem“, meaning: „May God give peace to the people“. The elaborate foundation of the bell is decorated with a relief showing the surrounding mountains. The peace bell rings daily at 12am.

Earth pyramids in Percha

Whoever sees the earth pyramids in Platten near Percha for the first time, will hardly be able to imagine how these bizarre formations could have come about. In fact nature alone was at play here creating these metre-high pillars: most likely with an avalanche as well as with wind and weather. This natural phenomenon can be reached via an easy path which is also suitable for older kids.