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The Open Air Museum of Mt. Lagazuoi

Mount Lagazuoi is a veritable "castle of rock", with spires and turrets, and with military bases hidden in its bowels. During the Great War the Italian and Austro – Hungarian armies dug shelters in its interior for men and arms, transforming it into an impenetrable 20th century fortress.

Today you can visit the restored tunnels, trenches and machine gun posts in the Open Air Museum of Lagazuoi. The numerous routes will take you on a behind-the-scene tour of a dramatic war fought at a high altitude and which was unique in the history of man.

The entire area of the museum is crossed by paths viable on foot. Almost all the tunnels and trenches have been cleared and restored thanks to the work of numerous volunteers. Restoration of the steps has granted easier access to the sloping stretches of the tunnels.

There are visits to several different routes, some longer and more difficult, others shorter and easier. 

There are four ways to reach the summit of Mount Lagazuoi,
the heart of the Open-Air Museum:

 


Giacomo Pompanin

 

  • on the Path of the Front-line, a wide and well marked hiking trail that runs along the front line of Mount Lagazuoi during World War I. This easy hike is suitable for everyone

 

  • through the Mine Tunnel, which was excavated by Italian soldiers on the Martini ledge to the “Anticima” emplacement of Lagazuoi as a mine tunnel and exploded on 20 June 1917. This tunnel is the most daring tunnel system that has been realized during the 1st World War. It is almost one kilometre long and has been completely restored

Giacomo Pompanin

Stefano Zardini

 

  • on the Path of Kaiserjäger, a rather challenging hiking trail with some exposure but with well placed wire ropes. The Kaiserjäger path was the communication way between the bottom of the valley and the high emplacements on Mount Lagazuoi, and was used to supply food, munitions, and war equipment. The path has now been repaired and can be travelled for its entire length.

Discover all routes of the Open Air Museum:

Hiking up and down >>>

Tunnels The via ferratas >>>

The crags >>>

The visit of the open air museum is free of charge!

Visitors must provide themselves with the necessary equipment for a mountain excursion, such as walking boots and suitable clothing.
For the visit to the Lagazuoi tunnels, safety harness, protection helmet, electric torches or headlamps are advised.
Infopoint and rental of all you might need for the visit of the Open Air Museum >>>

Contacts for guided visits:

with a mountain guide
- Guide Alpine Cortina (+39) 0436 868505
- Guide Alpine Badia (+39) 0471 847037
- Guide Alpine Arabba (+39) 333 2261421

with a reenactor in historical uniform  >>> of III Tyrolean Rifle Regiment

The pass has a large car park and a public toilet.

Opening times: from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Rise in height: 650 m

Seasons: the best time to visit the museums is from May to October. In winter it is possible to visit the emplacements and the places where the First World War was fought by doing The Great War Ski Tour >>>


Photo by Guido Pompanin

A re-enactor wearing the uniform of the 3rd Regiment of the Tiroler Kaiserjäger, in full kit, illustrates events from the Great War with a guided visit across the trenches in the area of the Great War Open Air Museum of Mount Lagazuoi.

When: daily from 15th June until 9th September 2019 starting from 9.30 am more >>>