At the Passo delle Palade one of the largest bunker of South Tyrol can be found, including a museum set in underground galleries.
Image gallery: Passo Palade Bunker - Gampen Gallery
From 1927, the Passo delle Palade mountain pass (Gampenpass, 1,518 m a.s.l.) was the border between South Tyrol and the Trentino for two decades, before the upper Val di Non valley was connected to South Tyrol and the border was moved a little further south to the village of San Felice. Here in the area of Merano and surroundings, in the 1940s the Italian Army erected one of the largest bunker systems of South Tyrol as part of the Alpine Wall. However, the impressive construction was never completed and never came into operation.
This 1.5 km long Passo Palade Bunker - "Gampen Bunker" in German, "Bunker del Passo Palade" in Italian - today is a museum and can be partly visited since 2010. The Gampen Gallery at the beginning gives an interesting insight into the history and the Passo Palade Road. The road, built between 1935 and 1939, is a masterpiece of engineering and still today an important connecting road and popular panorama road. On the 10th of June, 1939, it was opened to traffic. The illuminated black-and-white images in the dark tunnel create a very special atmosphere.
The first section is followed by information on geology in one of the long underground galleries. 40 showcases amidst the rocks show 2,500 finds collected by the mineral collector Toni Kiem from all over Europe. This makes it the largest mineral exhibition of South Tyrol. By the way: in Dobbiaco, in the upper Val Pusteria valley, there is also a Bunker Museum housed in a bunker of the Alpine Wall. And how to reach the Passo Palade Bunker? The Passo Palade Road leads from Tesimo (Tisens) up to the top of the pass. At the bunker, located about 100 m after the sign on the left, there are parking facillities and a bus stop (line no. 246 Lana - San Felice).
Opening hours: from June 13 to October 2020
June 13 - July 5, 2020:
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm
July 6 - Oct 2020:
from Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 5 pm
guided tours only on reservation (min. 10 persons)
4.50 Euros (adults) / 9.00 Euros (with guided tour)
2.50 Euros (children and young people up to 14 years)
3.50 Euros (seniors over 60)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0463 886321, firstname.lastname@example.org