The museum in Birgitz tells about the Raeti, pre-Roman inhabitants of Tyrol who lived on the Hohe Birga hill.
Image gallery: Rhaetian Museum Hohe Birga
On the Hohe Birga, a hill in the north of Birgitz, the Raeti people lived from 400 to 15 BC. Those pre-Roman inhabitants of Tyrol settled down from the Lower Engadine (CH) in the west to the Virgental valley (A) in the east, and to Lake Garda (I) in the south. Finally, they were dispersed in the course of the Roman Alpine Campaigns under Augustus.
Up on the hill you can find the Archaeological Nature Trail which shows some of the excavation finds in their original condition, among them 2 m high wall remains, which were first discovered in 1937 and exposed after WWII. Information panels show the culture and living of the Raeti people.
The theme trail on the hill and the Rhaetian Museum Hohe Birga (Rätermuseum Hohe Birga) on the Village Square were opened both in 2013. The museum exhibits ceramic pots, jewellery, and tools of metal, and offers a media presentation in different languages which exists also in a child-friendly version. The museum is operated by the Archaeotop Hohe Birga Association.
The Archaeological Nature Trail on the Hohe Birga is freely accessible all year round, the museum itself stays closed in winter. The summer season 2023 will start in early May.