The intersting history of tourism is illustrated in the House Wassermann in Villabassa.
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Holidays 150 years ago… what times they were! The building Haus Wassermann, located along the state road in Villabassa, tells the very interesting historical development of tourism in Alta Val Pusteria up to the present days. In 1760 already Princess Isabella of Parma sojourned in the House Wassermann, 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, this ancient building was renovated in 1989 by the township of Villabassa who administers the Museum of Tourism Alta Pusteria today.
On the ground floor and on the first floor, you can admire ancient taverns and baths. An important issue in the museum is also the building of the Val Pusteria railway line, which marked a watershed for tourism in the Alta Pusteria. 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. In this way the Alta Pusteria was easily reachable for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Soon after guest from northern Italy started coming. Artists and musicians drew their inspiration from the beautiful landscape, Alpinists started coming to the Sesto and Braies Dolomites already in the 19th century. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to social tourism at the turn of the century. In 1995 and 1996 the museum was upgraded.
Now you can also learn more about tourism in the moving years of the World Wars as well as present-day tourism with its consequences. What is worth mentioning is the collection of obituaries of about 18,000 samples. Moreover you can find information about 18,000 Tyrolean personalities. Changing special exhibitions complete the offer in the Museum of Tourism Alta Pusteria.
Opening hours: from the beginning of June to the beginning of October 2018
from Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
3.00 Euros (schoolchildren, students)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0474 745133 / 335 8036091 (guided visits), email@example.com