Gampen Bunker
Gampen Bunker

Passo Palade Bunker

At the Palade Pass one of the largest bunker of South Tyrol can be found, including the Gampen Gallery and a mineral exhibition

From 1927, the Passo delle Palade (1,518 m a.s.l.) was the border between South Tyrol and the Trentino for two decades, before the Upper Val di Non 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 Fourties 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 today is a museum.

It 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 the largest mineral exhibition of South Tyrol 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.

By the way: In Dobbiaco, in the Upper Val Pusteria, there is also a Bunker Museum housed in a bunker of the Alpine Wall. Another one is located in the Val Passiria valley and houses the Bunker Mooseum as well as the Tessa Nature Park-Info Point. And how to reach the Passo Palade Bunker - "Gampen Bunker" in German, "Bunker di Passo Palade" in Italian? The Passo Palade Road leads from Tesimo up to the top of the pass in Senale. 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).

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Opening times

  • Tue 23 Apr closed
  • Wed 24 Apr closed
  • Thu 25 Apr closed
  • Fri 26 Apr closed
  • Sat 27 Apr closed
  • Sun 28 Apr closed
  • Mon 29 Apr closed

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Easter 2024 (30/03/2024 - 31/03/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Spring 2024 (04/05/2024 - 09/06/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 17/09/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed closed
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Autumn 2024 (19/09/2024 - 27/10/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

Passo Palade Bunker with guided tour:
€ 12.00 adults
€ 12.00 young people (14-18 years)
€ 9.00 seniors 60+
€ 9.00 groups (10 and more persons)
€ 7.00 children (6-13 years)

Passo Palade Bunker without guided tour:
€ 6.00 adults
€ 6.00 young people (14-18 years)
€ 5.00 seniors 60+
€ 5.00 groups (10 and more persons)
€ 4.00 children (6-13 years)

free for children under 6 years

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Guided tours for groups of 6 and more persons also outside the opening hours. Warm clothing and sturdy shoes are necessary - the temperature inside the bunker is a constant 6 to 8 degrees C.

The Passo Palade Bunker stays open at the Easter weekend (Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday) and from early May to the end of October, season start 2024 on May 4.

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