South Tyrolean museums
Museum guide: www.provinz.bz.it/museenfuehrer
The gardens of Schloss Trauttmansdorff &
The botanical gardens at Schloss Trauttmansdorff in Meran are the highlight of the South Tyrolean region for any nature lover - they are simply unmissable. Trauttmansdorff Castle sits on a hill right in the centre of the gardens. It is home to the Museum of Tourism. The "Touriseum" narrates 200 years of Tyrolean tourism, and offers visitors all kinds of tourism exhibits to touch and get involved with...
Meran Women's Museum
"The exhibition itself does not follow the current trend for minimalism in exhibitions. Firstly, that would not suit our style of narrating the history of women, and secondly it would not suit our exhibits which are not items of value and therefore must not be displayed individually. Instead the items represent an image of a particular era or theme when exhibited together."
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Ítzi found international fame after sensationally being discovered at the Similaun Glacier. Today visitors can gaze in wonder at Ítzi in the Museum of Archaeology in Bozen. His life, his clothes, his weapons and many other archaeological treasures relating to his life and the ice age (15,000 B.C) through to Carl the Great (800 A.D) can be viewed and admired.
Sigmundskron Castle in Firmian near Bozen
"The enchanted mountain" was the name given to Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen by Reinhold Messner. Here you can find everything connected with the mountain and the history of mountain climbing. The exhibition also shows how man lives in conjunction with the mountain today.
Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art
Runkelstein Castle at the gateway to the Sarntal Valley
Runkelstein Castle is a very special jewel. It is located on porphyritic rock in Bozen at the gateway to the Sarntal Valley and is home to the most extensive cycle of secular medieval frescoes which narrate stories of knights, of court life and hunting, of passionate affairs between knights and court ladies, and scenes from literature.
Juval Castle in Naturns
Juval Castle has been home to extreme climber Reinhold Messner since 1983 and he stores several of his art collections there. His extensive collection of Tibetan artefacts is well worth seeing, as are his gallery of mountain images and his collection of masks from 4 continents. The castle is reached by shuttle bus along a twisty road, or can be reached by a steep climb on foot. The castle can be visited and admired except for two months in the summer.
Lebenberg Castle in Tscherms
Lebenberg Castle is one of the most beautiful residences in the area around Meran. It was built by the Lords of Marling in the 13th century. Lebenberg Castle is an extensive castle complex with a three-storey chapel dating from the 14th century. It also contains picturesque courtyards, a French ornamental garden, a Rococo hall of mirrors and a banqueting hall with a large collection of figures from the Fuchs family. It also contains fully furnished rooms such as the farmer's room with Gothic farm furniture and the armoury.