RS C berglandschaft am timmelsjoch und museum
RS C berglandschaft am timmelsjoch und museum

Timmelsjoch Pass Museum

The “Timmelsjoch Experience” offers five stations with interesting information about the Timmelsjoch pass.

The Pass Museum at the Timmelsjoch is one of the five stations of the "Timmelsjoch Experience" and shall cross borders! Therefore its location has been specifically chosen: built on Tyrolean ground the impressive construction extends 16 metres into South Tyrolean areal. When planning the museum, the South Tyrolean architect Werner Tscholl was inspired by the local rock formations. The mountain pass road (toll charge) proceeds through the glacier world of the Oetztal valley to the South Tyrolean Val Passiria, which extends until Merano. Already in former times both valleys were connected together by an ancient smugglers' path.

At five stations (Walkway, Smuggler, Pass Museum, Telescope and Garnet) the "Timmelsjoch Experience" gives information about history, nature, culture, economy and the people in this region. In the inside of the Pass Museum (the highest museum of Austria at 2,509 m asl) there is an ice cave, a tribute to the pioneers of the road. An excavated fibula points to the fact that the mountain pass was already climbed around 300 BC. Another station is the "Walkway" at the toll station in Hochgurgl with a fascinating panoramic view.

On South Tyrolean terrain, along the ancient path from Zwieselstein to Moso in Passiria, the accessible "Smugglers' Cube" can be found, which topic is the centuries-old tradition of smuggling. Below Mt. Scheibkopf the "Telescope" is located, with view on the Monte dei Granati and the Monte Principe. Also the "Garnet" can be found in the valley, near Stulles. Two garnets, based on the rock formation, function as show room and viewing platform. In September 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.

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Pass Museum accessible when the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road is open to traffic.

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