The castle had once been a fortress, later it was transferred into the passion of the bishops of Trient. A count of Tyrol - Sigismund, Archduke of Austria – made the castle, which was mentioned in 945 for the first time, one of his most precious residences in 1473.
Today, the castle host one of six Messner Mountain Museums. Everybody knows him, the most famous alpinist of the world, the writer and politician: Reinhold Messner. He was the first one, who climbed Mount Everest without oxygen.
The Messner Mountain Museum Firmian is situated near Bozen into the ancient walls of Sigmundskron Castle in Firmian. The museum wants to show the relation between mountains and people and asks how mountains influence peoples thinking. In ancient times people were afraid of mountains; nowadays anyone can climb nearly any peak. In the museum are exhibited many sculptures, mystic objects, Buddha-sculptures, memories of alpinists and mountain maps.
MMM - Messner Mountain Museum
The Messner Mountain Museum is not a mountaineering museum or one, which is featuring the mountains of South Tyrol but a museum which wants to explain only the relation between men and mountains. A museum, absolutely worth seeing!
Skeleton in an ancient chapel
The museums-route is going around a thousand year old chapel, the holy place of the Castle and the enchanted mountain of Firmian. There, a year ago, workers found the skeleton of a 6-7.000 years old woman. You see: Sigmundskron and mount Firmian are really mystic places and a perfect location for Messner’s ideas.
MMM Firmian Sigmundskron
Sigmundskronerstraße 53 – I-39100 Bozen
Phone: +39 0471 631 264