RS niederdorf museum haus wassermann
RS niederdorf museum haus wassermann

Alta Pusteria Museum of Tourism

The intersting history of tourism in the upper Val Pusteria valley is illustrated in the Wassermann House in Villabassa.

Holidays 150 years ago... what times they were! The Wassermann House in Villabassa (Niederdorf) tells the interesting historical development of tourism in the upper Val Pusteria valley. In 1760 already Princess Isabella of Parma sojourned in the building, together with her service staff, but its origins date back to the 15th century, when it was owned by the Lords of Kurz. From 1892 to 1977 it housed the coffee house of the Wassermann family who collected a large number of folkloric items. With the aid of the province, the house was renovated in 1989 by the township of Villabassa who administers the Alta Pusteria Museum of Tourism - "Fremdenverkehrs­museum Hochpustertal" in German, "Museo del Turismo dell'Alta Pusteria" in Italian - today.

On the ground floor and on the 1st floor, you can admire ancient taverns and baths. An important issue is also the building of the Val Pusteria Railway, which marked a watershed for tourism in the valley. When in the second half of the 19th century, this railway line connected Fortezza to Vienna, the Austrian capital was only a day of journey away - and the upper Val Pusteria valley (Alta Pusteria) became easily reachable for the high society of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Soon after, guests from northern Italy started coming. Artists and musicians drew their inspiration from the beautiful landscape, alpinists started coming to climb the Sesto and Braies Dolomites. The 2nd floor of the museum is dedicated to social tourism at the turn of the century.

You can also learn more about tourism in the moving years of the World Wars as well as present-day tourism with its consequences. The museum offer is completed by a collection of obituaries of about 18,000 samples and an archive of Tyrolean personalities. The Alta Pusteria Museum of Tourism is also one of the 12 destinations of the Culturronda, a South Tyrolean cultural course. And how to reach it? It is located along the state road in Villabassa, 25 km away from Brunico. The bus stops a few meters away near the church (bus line 402 Brunico - San Candido).

Currently, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Sun 25 Oct closed
  • Mon 26 Oct closed
  • Tue 27 Oct 16:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 28 Oct closed
  • Thu 29 Oct closed
  • Fri 30 Oct 16:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 31 Oct closed

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September - October (09/01/2020 - 10/30/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 16:00 - 18:00
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri 16:00 - 18:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

July - August (07/14/2020 - 08/29/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 16:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 16:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 16:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 16:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 16:00 - 18:00
  • Sun closed


€ 5.00 adults
€ 3.00 students, elderly (over 65), per person for groups of 10 or more
free for children up to 6 years

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