The “Timmelsjoch Experience” offers five stations with interesting information about the Timmelsjoch mountain pass
The Pass Museum (Timmelsjoch Passmuseum) at the 2,509 m high Timmelsjoch shall cross borders. Therefore its location has been specifically chosen: Built on North Tyrolean ground, the impressive construction extends 16 metres into South Tyrolean areal. When planning it, the South Tyrolean architect Werner Tscholl was inspired by the local rock formations. The high alpine road with toll charge proceeds from the Austrian Oetztal valley to the South Tyrolean Val Passiria in Italy - already in former times, both valleys were connected together by an ancient smugglers' path.
At five stations - Smuggler, Telescope, Garnet, Pass Museum, and Walkway - the "Timmelsjoch Experience" gives information about history, nature, culture, economy and the people in this region. Three stations are located in the Val Passiria, the Walkway at the toll station in Hochgurgl, and the highlight - the Pass Museum - at the pass height. All of them are freely accessible.
In the inside of the Pass Museum - the highest museum of Austria on the highest road state border crossing of Austria - there is an ice cave and a pre-Christian fibula which points to the fact that the mountain pass was already climbed around 300 BC. In 2018, however, on South Tyrolean side the museum structure "Timmel Transit" was inaugurated to celebrate 50 years of the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road. It is completely dedicated to its road building history.
The Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road and therefore also the Pass Museum have been closed since October 30, 2023. Season start 2024 - depending on weather conditions - on mid-May/end of May.