Ultimo Valley Museum

The folklore museum in San Nicolò in the rear Val d’UItimo illustrates the farming way of life in the valley.

The Ultimo Valley Museum, called “Ultner Talmuseum” in German, is a museum of popular art that displays cultural assets and folk art handicrafts, craft items and documents in a total of seven showrooms. The building itself would have much to tell, as it has a long history. Built in 1827 as an elementary school, it was left as it was for a long period of time. In 1963 the Ultimo Valley Museum was inaugurated, in 1969 it was relocated and re-established by its founder, Gottfried Oberthaler. The building site was liberally made available by the church. In 1973 the Ultimo Valley Museum could be reopened in its present site.

In the interior, you can admire an interesting collection. One of the seven showrooms focuses on the biodiversity of the Val d’Ultimo, others show movables, statues of saints and ancient items of daily use, providing an insight into the tough lives of farmers in former centuries. Among the exhibits, there are also particularities such as a walking boot of “Sisi”, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose summer health resort was Merano. Also the development of folk art in the valley is illustrated.

A visit to the folklore museum can be connected to a hike on the so-called “Ultner Höfeweg”, the Val d’Ultimo Farm Path. This amazing theme path takes you past ancient farmsteads, ideal for discovering the beauty of this area. It starts at Pracupola, goes past San Nicolò and proceeds to Santa Geltrude. For the way back, there is a trail stretching on the opposite side of the valley. The trail is 18 km long and is ideal for a day tour or it can be split in two stages. Of course you can also choose a short section, e.g. from the Ultimo Valley Museum to the famous centuries-old larch trees in Santa Geltrude.

Opening hours: from March to the end of October 2018
March - Apr 2018:
Sundays from 10 am to 12 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm
May - Oct 2018:
Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 am to 12 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm
Sundays from 10 am to 12 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm


Further information:
phone: +39 0473 790374 / 790147

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Unterpichl

    Hotel Unterpichl

  2. Familyhotel Viktoria

    Familyhotel Viktoria

  3. Hotel Schwemmerhof

    Hotel Schwemmerhof

  4. Hotel Alpenhof

    Hotel Alpenhof

  5. Hotel & Residence St. Nikolaus

    Hotel & Residence St. Nikolaus

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