Always according to the motto – “I am what I do” – that is Reinhold Messner, the famous South Tyrolean alpinist.
Reinhold Messner was born on the 17th September, 1944, in Funes (Villnöss). Already as a little five-year-old boy he climbed a 3,000 m high mountain for the first time accompanied by his father. After his studies in Padua, he was a teacher for a short time.
Reinhold Messner certainly owes his fame to his great hobby, mountaineering, and his many travels. As a highly gifted mountaineer he has already climbed many peaks, including many first ascents. All 14 eight-thousanders and the “Seven Summits” are among his excursions. Also his travels are always a challenge for man and body, as the sole crossing of the Antarctica and Greenland, of Tibet, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan Desert prove.
Today he lives with his family in Merano and in the warm summer months at Juval Castle, which he bought and renovated in 1983.
For four decades, Messner gathered experience on the outermost edges of the earth, which today allows him to create a chain of museums on the subject of mountains. With the project “Messner Mountain Museum” Reinhold Messner passes on his heritage, his knowledge, his experiences and his stories to the visitors. The concept of the MMM (Messner Mountain Museum) lights up different aspects of the mountain world and includes a total of six museums: MMM Firmian, MMM Corones, MMM Dolomites, MMM Juval, MMM Ripa and MMM Ortles. It is the first, largest and so far only mountain museum in the world.