Messner Mountain Museum, Corones

July 8, 2019Niry Fidelis

A Mountain Museum Conceived By Reinhold Messner and Designed By Zaha Hadid.

Messner Mountain Museum

hile we were holidaying in the Trentino Alto Adige (Südtirol/South Tyrol) Region of Italy, we
came across the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) Corones. It is located on the top of the
Kronplatz Mountain, which is the final instalment of the six mountaintop

During the summer there are only three operating cable car accesses to
the top of Kronplatz: Valdaora/Olag, Brunico/Brunik and Piz de Plaies/San Vigilio.
We took the first one which cost € 19.00 per person without the Regional
tourist card holders discount. Hotels that join the regional tourist program
normally give you free tourist card upon check-in in the Alto Adige Tourist Card which
gives free access or special discounts to busses, trains, cable cars and

We had the card which gave us 10% off of the normal price. The run from Valdaora to the summit lasted only 20 minutes with a very fast stopover in
a middle station located along the way. It seems that normally the rides starts at
9 am and finish at 5 pm. 

Messner Mountain Museum

entrance ticket to the MMM was € 10.00 for adults and € 4.00 for children. Seniors over 65 and students under 26 have a special price of € 8.50 with ID.
This same offer was also valid for visitors with wheel chairs and groups over 15
persons. What caught our attention was what they called the family ticket which
was € 22.00 for the members of the same family. We thought this would be appreciated by couples with children since so often families
avoid doing things because of the high cost.

Messner Mountain Museum

Actually, MMM
consists of six museums based in six different locations: Firmian, Juval,
Dolomites, Ortles, Ripa and Corones. MMM Firmian at Sigmundskron Castle near
Bozen is the centrepiece of the museum and concentrates on man’s relationship
with the mountains. MMM Juval at Juval Castle in the Burggrafenamt in Vinschgau
is dedicated to the “magic of the mountains”, with an emphasis on
mystical mountains and their religious significance. MMM Dolomites at Monte
Rite, housed in an old fort, is dedicated to rocks, particularly the history
of the formation of the Dolomites. 

This museum contains a summit observation
platform that offers a 360° panorama of the surrounding Dolomites. MMM Ortles
at Sulden on the Ortler is dedicated to the history of mountaineering on ice
and the great glaciers of the world. MMM Ripa at Bruneck Castle in South Tyrol
is dedicated to the mountain peoples of Asia, Africa, South America and
Europe, with emphasis on their cultures, religions, and tourism activities. MMM
Corones on the summit plateau of Kronplatz (2,275 m) is dedicated to
traditional mountaineering. 

Messner Mountain Museum

The project,
conceived by the Italian mountaineer and extreme climber Reinhold Messner (the
first climber to ascend all 14 mountains over 8,000 metres and to reach the
summit of Mount Everest without additional oxygen), was created to educate
people on “man’s encounter with mountains”. A London-based Iranian
architect, Zaha Hadid (31/10/1950-31/03/2016) designed and developed a
structure built into the side of the mountain, which emerges only at certain points
to offer specific views. 

Three large shapes made of glass-reinforced fibre and
concrete appear to burst through the rock face and it is absolutely impressive! One more concrete form emerges from the ground to create the building’s
entrance. Zaha Hadid’s firm chose cast concrete to give the
appearance of rock and ice shards, referencing the geology of the region. Her
idea is that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and
grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto
the overhanging terrace with its spectacular panoramic view. 

Messner Mountain Museum, Corones

The walls of the
building are between 40 and 50 centimetres thick in order to support the
structure from the pressure of the surrounding earth, while the roof has thicknesses
of up to 70 centimetres. Inside it is organised over three floors,
connected by staircases that the firm describes as being “like waterfalls
in a mountain stream”.

Messner Mountain Museum

The view
from the museum or from the terrace is not better than what you can
see from the outdoor areas, but a visit to the museum taught us on the one hand how men want to be more and more powerful than nature and on the other hand how
mountains are just rocks without men’s soul. 

Messner Mountain Museum

Moreover, Messner Mountain Museum Corones offers private visits and you can also have exclusive hire of the
museum for private receptions, presentations, or meetings. Wow, what an unforgettable
atmosphere it would be having the whole building for ourselves! 

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Comments (9)

  • Lena Juice

    July 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I've never heard about this place and it looks so cool! I love the balcony, reminds me some fantastic movies tho 😉

  • Unknown

    November 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I will be sure to visit the next time I'm in Italy

  • Megan Kulluk

    August 7, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    This place looks absolutely stunning. I can't wait to check in out on my upcoming trip to Italy, I think it will be amazing during fall 🙂

  • Stephanie

    August 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Oh Gosh, this is so beautiful. I'm such a fan of Zaha Hadid.

  • Cynthia | What A Girl Eats

    August 7, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I've never seen a structure that looks like this! That's part of the attraction. I was in the Alps last summer and did ride some steep cable cars. The views are fabulous!

  • Ciara

    August 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I have never heard about this place and I live in Europe and have been to Italy several times! It looks absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  • Just One Passport

    August 8, 2019 at 12:10 am

    I was hooked on this before I read a word. The picture of the museum is incredible and reading about the sturdyness was fascinating. I certainly agree and believe that no matter what man accomplishes in the mountains, his strength will never surpass that of the mountains. There is nothing more powerful than nature in my view.

  • Razena

    August 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I have never ventured this far north in Italy but have come across a few articles this past week that make me want to go there. The views from the lookout points are spectacular 😍

  • Itsasweetsweetworld

    August 10, 2019 at 4:30 am

    The place looks so modern and extraordinary. I would love to visit for the amazing views!

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