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.
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.
Everything about it is fascinating.
Every nook and cranny is filled with artifacts — which can be touched, usually — from famous climbers.
Only a few things are not for touching.
There’s lots of interesting artwork and memorabilia from Reinhold Messner’s collections.
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.
Even a Yeti!
There’s a nice memorial to climbers that have died on the world’s tallest peaks.
This is a boot from Messner’s own brother who died on a mountain.
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.