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Olang & surrounding

The Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus is situated on Mount Geiselberg in Olang in Pustertal Valley. This unique location provides silence and relaxation far away from hustle and bustle of everyday life. Inimitable is the view over the Pustertal Valley and the Antholzertal Valley.

Despite the retired location above the main valley, you reach the village core of Olang in only 5 driving minutes. Olang and its environments offer a lot of opportunities for an eventful free-time. Hiking in the Dolomites, Nordic Walking (in Olang there is the biggest Nordic Walking Park of Europe), biking, golfing or riding: all of this sports can be done in Olang! Who is looking for some adventure, can try out wild water rafting or canyoning. Olang and its environments are a paradise for active holiday makers.

Should bad weather in Olang disallow sporty activities in the outside, you can undertake a sightseeing trip in the near cities Bruneck and Brixen. Combine the cultural program with some shopping activities. Behind the historic walls of the old town there are hidden many small fashion-boutiques. And for the strenghtening in between we recommend taking a break in one of the many stylish bars in Bruneck or Brixen, where you get spoilt with real and strong Italian coffee.

Culture highlights

Museums, beautiful churches and old castles are waiting for your visit.

Olang and the Pustertal Valley are rich in cultural highlights. A sightseeing tour through Olang includes the visit of the ancient limekiln, the historic sulfur baths „Bad Bergfall“ and „Bad Schartl“ and last but not least the ancient pest shrine „Spitziges Stöckl“, built in Olang in 1448.

Worth visiting are also the many castles in Pustertal Valley, like Bruneck Castle, Taufers Castle or Lamprechtsburg Castle. The latter is situated between Reischach and Olang and it is reachable by foot on a beautiful hiking-path. Highly rewarding are also the ancient churches and the interesting museums in Pustertal Valley.

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THE SUPREME DISCIPLINE OF MOUNTAINEERING

The sixth and last Messner Mountain Museum is open in July 2015.

MMM Corones, situated on the summit plateau of Kronplatz (2275 m), is dedicated to the supreme discipline of mountaineering, which Reinhold Messner has strongly influenced. The museum is devoted to alpine history and offers unique views of the big walls of the Dolomites and the Alps. Temporary film shows.

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Bruneck Castle in the Puster Valley is to house a fifth museum, which will be devoted to the subject of the mountain peoples. Reinhold Messner will be inviting visitors from other mountain regions to MMM Ripa, with its interactive design, to enter into an exchange with the local farming community.

The collection will focus on the everyday culture of the people living in the mountain regions of the world like the Sherpas, Indios, Tibetans, Walser, Mongols and Hunzas.

The Taufers Castle rates among one of the most powerful, beautiful and large castles in South Tyrol.
From the 13th century the Lords of Taufers resided here, in all their majesty, as one of the most powerful aristocrats of Tyrol. The dynasty died out in 1340. Then the castle fell into different hands and ultimately threatened to ruins. In 1907 renovations began under Ludwig von Lobmayr.

Since 1977 the castle is in possession of the South Tyrolean Castle Institute .

Every year are organized expositions, concerts and seminars in the rooms and in the courtyard of the Castle. There also take place lectures about the most different themes around the Ladin language and culture.

The town museum for graphic arts was opened in 1995 in the restored, converted postal stables, in which in earlier centuries the horses were fed and watered and the postal coaches stood ready for travellers. The museum possesses, among other exhibits, 7500 book plates.

The main focus is on the graphics of the 20th century from both the local region and abroad, and on collecting, presenting and working on them from a scientific perspective. A second area of emphasis is on restoring and exhibiting the original town museum’s exhibits. In addition, numerous cultural initiatives are run by the museum.

The South Tyrol Museum of Folk Traditions is an outdoor museum that, with its two dozen original buildings, aims to provide as colourful as possible an insight into the old ways of life. The core of the museum is the Mair am Hof residence, which was built between 1690 and 1700 by Baron von Sternbach on the site of an old farm belonging to the Counts of Görz. The old buildings in the open-air exhibition ground, with a kitchen, parlour, bed chambers, stables and mills are a fascinating experience.

The museum appeals to more than just the eyes, with the creaks the mill wheel and the sound of water splashing, and heavenly scents from the enclosed farmer’s garden.

In the exhibition mine in Prettau (Predoi), 15 km. (9 miles) away from Kornkasten (Cadipietra) there is an exhibition mine with over twenty tunnels and shafts through ore deposits at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,100 m. (4,600 to 6.900 ft.) The visit includes a ride on the mining rail in the St. Ignaz shaft (1.1 km. / 3/4 mi.) from which cement copper is still extracted. In 2001, an asthma therapy station was also set up in this mine.

The archaeology museum has since 1998 been the home for the 5,300-year old glacier mummy Ötzi – “The Man from the Ice”. As well as the original finds, there are models, reconstructions, videos and interactive multimedia stations that offer a stimulating and entertaining view of the early history of the southern Alpine region.

The first floor is dedicated to the Man from the Ice. The objects found with the mummy give a unique picture of the life of the inhabitants of the Alps over 5,000 years ago, while the museum also covers the pre- and early history of South Tyrol up to the Middle Ages. The entire museum is until 15 January 2012 dedicated to the “Ötzi20” exhibition.

At Trauttmansdorff Castle near Meran, in the former holiday residence of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (“Sissi”), an enjoyable museum experience can now be found: the South Tyrol Museum of Tourism.

Surrounded by the botanical gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, it is the first museum in the Alpine region dedicated to the history of tourism in Tyrol. Visitors are invited to take an exciting journey in time through a series of lively exhibition areas that show 200 years of tourism history, told from the point of view of both travellers and locals.