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Messner Mountain Museum

A journey into Alpine heritage at the Bruneck castle

The Messner Mountain Museum Ripa (from the Tibetan: ri pa - mountain man) located within the historic castle at Bruneck, offers an immersive experience into the world of the culture of the mountain people of the world. This unique museum is the brainchild of legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, providing visitors with an insightful journey into the history, art, and traditions of mountainous regions.

Upon entering the castle, visitors are greeted by the castles courtyard with large statues from around the world. The museum blends with the ancient fortress, accentuating its cultural significance. The exhibition winds through the ancient staircases and rooms of the castle displaying artifacts in sections based on regions.

The unique aspect of Messner Mountain Museum Ripa lies in its focus on the cultures of mountain regions across the globe. Multiple galleries are dedicated to exploring the distinctive lifestyles, traditions, and beliefs of mountain communities worldwide. Each gallery provides a captivating glimpse into the cultural diversity and resilience of these often-isolated societies, fostering a profound appreciation for their intrinsic connection with the mountains.

After a filling up on culture, visitors can indulge in a delightful culinary experience at the museum's courtyard café. We enjoyed a delectable apfelstrudel and cappucino. And yes it was in the afternoon.

Vicolo Castello, 2, 39031 Brunico BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 410220
Times 10:00 - 18:00 from the second Sunday of May to the 1st Sunday of November
12:00 - 18:00 from the 7th December to the 25th of April
Doors close at 17:00 - Closed on Tuesdays and 24th/25th December

Further reading

MMM Ripa Bruneck Castle
Inside the Messner Mountain Museum
Courtyard of the castle
Apple Strudel at the cafe