A cultural break: the historic towns and museums of Val Pusteria
Val Pusteria is not just about hiking! There are many activities that allow tourists to discover a bit of the area's history and culture.
Starting with the museums of Val Pusteria. Near Dobbiaco and San Candido they are perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon discovering many curiosities. In San Candido, the DoloMythos Museum tells the story of the first inhabitants of Val Pusteria: the dinosaurs! The museum is also one of the largest dedicated to the Dolomites, and allows us to discover many stories of the area.
At MondoLatte di Dobbiaco, on the other hand, we discover one of the riches of the Valley: cheeses, their workmanship, using the milk of cows that graze free in nature.
A destination suitable for the sweet tooth is found on the way to Lienz and is the Loacker factory: an unmissable opportunity to stock up on a sweet indoor meal and discover the secrets of the world's most loved wafers.
At Plan de Corones, on the other hand, you cannot miss a visit to the Messner Mountain Museum. One of the six museums dedicated to mountaineering that the very famous Reinhold Messner has built around the world in special locations. Plan de Corones is one of these, from the top of its 2275 meters of altitude that give a magical overview of the whole valley.
The structure of the museum is in itself a work of art, eccentric but perfectly harmonious with the natural context.
In Sesto, on the other hand, culture lovers must visit the Rudolf Stolz museum: the painter from Bolzano who was awarded several prizes already when he was alive. Among the works of Rudolf Stolz the best known is undoubtedly the "Totentanz" (Dance of Death), a masterpiece by the South Tyrolean painter. These frescoes are found in the Sesto Cemetery and represent Death, who appears in seven scenes and dances with seven human figures, all in his power.
Among the cities that offer a glimpse of folklore and a centuries-long history is Brunico, one of the artistic and cultural capitals. The city that takes its name from its Prince Bishop Bruno von Kirchberg, is a hub of activities, shops, cafes, wine bars and much more to discover with a pleasant walk through its central streets. Not to be missed: a visit to the Brunico Castle!
If we want to cross the border with Austria, the right city is Lienz where you can breathe an aristocratic, elegant and colorful air, especially inside the historic center.