Freilichtmuseum Rotwand
Freilichtmuseum Rotwand

Bellum Aquilarum open-air museum

“Bellum Aquilarum” is the name of the open-air museum on Mt. Croda Rossa, dedicated to the Mountain Warfare (1915 - 1918).

In World War I the Dolomites were the backdrop of the cruel Mountain Warfare, in which not only the Austro-Hungarian, German and Italian troops faced each other, but the soldiers also fought against the mountain, winter and hunger. Still today, remains of camps, shelters, command barracks and trenches bear witness to those times. Some of them tell about the inventiveness of the soldiers and the attempt to develop technical solutions that would ensure survival.

The Bellum Aquilarum Association from Sesto, accredited as a voluntary organisation, has set its sights on saving these traces on Mt. Croda Rossa from the weather effects and oblivion. The Bellum Aquilarum open-air museum - "Freilichtmuseum Rotwand" in German, "Museo all'aperto della Grande Guerra" in Italian - shall be a memorial against war and its far-reaching consequences. Also a documentation centre is planned in the village of Sesto (Sexten). The hike through the open-air museum starts at the Rif. Rudi mountain hut at the mountain station at 1,950 m a.s.l. and leads in 45 minutes to the Anderter Alpe at 2,150 m a.s.l.

In summer, some exhibits can be seen in the Mitterberg Fortress at the southern slope of the area. This fortress, together with the Haideck Fortress, formed the so-called "Barricade of Sesto". By the way: the Croda Rossa mountain station is also well-known for the only reindeer herd of Italy that lives there. And how to reach the Bellum Aquilarum open-air museum? From the mountain station of the Croda Rossa cable car, reachable from Moso, the path no. 100 leads to the Anderter Alpe. Along the hike the traces of WWI can be seen, also guided tours are offered.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Sat 28 Nov closed
  • Sun 29 Nov closed
  • Mon 30 Nov closed
  • Tue 01 Dec closed
  • Wed 02 Dec closed
  • Thu 03 Dec closed
  • Fri 04 Dec closed

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 11/30/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

06/20/2020 - 10/11/2020

  • Mon 08:30 - 17:00
  • Tue 08:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 08:30 - 17:00
  • Thu 08:30 - 17:00
  • Fri 08:30 - 17:00
  • Sat 08:30 - 17:00
  • Sun 08:30 - 17:00


free admission

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Croda Rossa Cable Car in operation from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

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