MMM Juval of extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner
Mountain myth – Reinhold Messner’s passion and heritage. The collector now realizes his Messner Mountain Museum with the same enthusiasm that characterized his last five decades as a mountaineer and explorer.
Reinhold Messner was born in South Tyrol in 1944 and has again and again broken taboos as a rock climber, expedition alpinist, Pole and desert traverser and collected experiences in exceptional situations all around the world which now enable him to create several museums dedicated to mountains.
Juval Castle in Castelbello-Ciardes in Val Venosta houses a museum dedicated to the mountain myth with several art collections on display: the world’s largest collection of Tibetan objects, the gallery with pictures of holy mountains from all over the world, a mask collection from five continents, a unique exhibition dedicated to Gesar Ling, the Tantra hall and the expedition cellar with Reinhold Messner’s equipment. Visitors can also see the courtyards, the private chapel, the hall of 1,000 pleasures, the library, the so-called Gompa, the cave of enlightenment as well as the house of gnomes and trolls.
The whole exhibition is explained by skilled guides. Furthermore, the complex offers a small mountain zoo, homemade products at the Schlosswirt restaurant, excellent wines at Unterortl and the farm store at the foot of the castle hill. People normally leave Juval Castle deeply impressed.
Modern alpinism has only existed for 250 years. Nobody knows what had happened before. But mountains have existed for millions of years and have always been an orientation aid for people – right from the beginning. They are the expression for everything on the other side that does not need any justification.
„It’s the people in the mountains who give them their life and history“
Source: "Bergwelten", Reinhold Messner