Refurbished Castle

The other place we stopped in Bolzano, Italy, was one of the Messner Mountain Museums.  I say this because there are six of them in the region, as you can see below.

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We visited the one called “Firmian” — based in Sigmundskron Castle, which dates back at least to 945 A.D.  It was a great museum, especially since all exhibits and artwork in it are related to mountains and climbing.

Here you can see the castle on the top of the hill.

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Everything about it is fascinating.

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Every nook and cranny is filled with artifacts — which can be touched, usually — from famous climbers.

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Only a few things are not for touching.

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There’s lots of interesting artwork and memorabilia from Reinhold Messner’s collections.

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But the architecture itself is so interesting — you make your way up towers, down into a cave, along walls, up and down spiral staircases and there are interesting things to see all along the way.

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Even a Yeti!

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There’s a nice memorial to climbers that have died on the world’s tallest peaks.

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This is a boot from Messner’s own brother who died on a mountain.

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We were truly impressed with this museum and hope to see some of the others eventually.  It’s well worth a stop for those who love exploring mountains.

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