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Timmel Transit - Passo del Rombo Experience

On the 50th anniversary of the Passo del Rombo High Alpine Road, the Interreg-project “Timmel Transit Museum” was inaugurated.

The alpine road across the 2,509 m high Rombo Pass, an impressive mountain pass which connects the Val Passiria valley in South Tyrol with the Oetztal valley in North Tyrol, has been further valorised. The history of the Passo del Rombo High Alpine Road dates back to the beginnings of the 20th century but then the construction took six decades. Interrupted by the turmoil of WWI and WWII, the road was opened on the 15th of September 1968. The film "Wenn Grenzen verbinden" in German language (literally: When borders bring (people) together) by Philipp Pamer, a director from the Val Passiria valley, tells about it.

A few years ago, the Timmelsjoch Pass Museum was opened on the pass summit on Austrian terrain. It also projects 16 metres into the South Tyrolean side. Four further stations in the Val Passiria valley are connected with it, providing information on this area, a proven 10,000-year-old transit route, and the construction of the Passo del Rombo High Alpine Road. They are called "Walkway", "Smuggler", "Telescope" and "Garnet". Smuggling is an important topic here, as there are still many centuries-old smuggler routes in the area of the mountain pass.

Finally, in September 2018, the Timmel Transit Museum was inaugurated on the South Tyrolean side to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the road. It is intended to complement the Pass Museum and complete the entire museum concept of the "Passo del Rombo Experience" - "Timmelsjoch Erfahrung" in German, "Emozione Passo del Rombo" in Italian. It is housed in a former barracks from 1930. And how to reach the individual stations? On the South Tyrolean side, the toll road begins at the end of the Val Passiria and ends in the Oetztal valley. The stations are signposted.

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The single stations of the Passo del Rombo Experience are open, when the Rombo Pass Road is open to traffic (from May/June 2023).

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