In Soprabolzano on the Renon high plateau, there is a museum that is completely dedicated to bees and honey.
Alone the journey to the Beekeeping Museum Platterhof might be adventuresome, as you could take the Renon cableway from Bolzano in order to reach Soprabolzano, if you don’t spend your holidays in this place anyway. This ride makes you enjoy a highly impressive view on the mountains of South Tyrol. Within 12 minutes only, this new cableway lifts up up to 35 people on the Renon high plateau. At the stop in Soprabolzano, you can hop on the last narrow-gauge railway that is still in operation, taking you in the surroundings of the Plattnerhof farm (proceeding to Collalbo). An enjoyable journey for all the family!
The Plattnerhof is a 600 year old farmhouse that was first mentioned in 1406 AD. This farmstead features a type of farm that has become extremely rare, that is to say the accommodation wing is still connected to the farm building. The Gramm family, a merchant family of Bolzano, has painstakingly restored and changed their farm into a museum. In this idyllic surroundings you can learn more about the history and development of beekeeping by various ancient items such as beehives, boxes, honey extractors and beeswax press. In the open-air site, an educational trail makes you discover historic apiaries, but also cultivated plants and a beautiful farmer’s garden.
Living bees, however, can be observed safely, from behind a glass. The largest of the bees is the queen bee, made clearly visible also for kids with a dash of colour. In addition you can learn more about this little insect, e.g. how honey is made, and of course you can also taste the on-site honey. And maybe you would like to slip into a bee protective suit and look like a spaceman? The Plattnerhof makes it possible. Finally in the shop you can purchase biologic honey, jams, pollen soaps or beeswax soap as a souvenir for home.
Opening hours: from Easter to October 31, 2018
daily from 10 am to 6 pm
7.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
4.00 Euros (children from 6 to 12 years)
family ticket available
free with the RittenCard, Museumcard, museumobil Card
phone: +39 0471 345350, firstname.lastname@example.org