CULTURE IN VAL PASSIRIA
HOLIDAY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH TYROL
The "MuseumPasseier" does not only focus on heroes like Andreas Hofer. With the exhibition "Tol & Leit", the open-air grounds invite visitors to linger and discover culture. The old farm shows what used to be typical for Val Passiria. The yard was threatened by demolition and was rebuilt on the museum grounds true to the original.
On the occasion of 700 years of “Schildhäfe Passeier”, the museum has worked through and presented the long history of the special “Passeirer Höfe” from 1317 to the present. The “Passeirer Schildhöfeweg” leads past farms, through meadows and woods to idyllic rest areas with panoramic views along the Passer to Saltaus.
In St. Martin in Val Passiria the "Malerhaus" is a real eye-catcher. It reminds of the “Passeir art school” in the 18th and 19th century. From 1719 to 1845, the sculptors and painters of the famous "Passeirer Malerschule", built an art school for Baroque fresco and facade painting, created works for the entire Tyrol. Some of these can still be found today in St. Martin: For example the monumental high altar in the church (1764) by Anton Ferner, the Renaissance altar in the cemetery chapel from 1635 and much more. At Platt there are very special witnesses of the last Ice Age: the glacial mills. These natural phenomena were formed during the “Würm ice age”, around 22,000 to 10,000 years ago. Glacial mills are spiral hollow shapes in the ice. They were formed by melting water running off on glacier surfaces. Stones were cut and deepened the indentation into the rocks. The water pressure on the stones was about 200 km/h. The glacier mills are open to the public.
A must visit is the "MuseumPasseier" in St. Leonhard. In 2012 it was nominated for the renowned museum award of the Europea Museum Forum with the exhibition "Helden&Hofer". The permanent exhibition shows heroes of the Tyrolean rebellion in 1809 and their leader Andreas Hofer, up to the heroes of today. The exhibition "Helden&Hofer" is about the person of Andreas Hofer. It becomes clear how heroes emerge.