Appreciating nature at the heart of Puez–Odle Nature Park
Puez–Odle Nature Park, which is known as Puez–Geisler in German, encompasses mountain ranges such as the Odle Group and the Peitlerkofel Massif, ranking it amongst the most impressive and most photographed mountain formations in the whole of the Alps. The central information point of the nature park is Funes Nature Park House, which opened in 2009 in San Maddalena in Funes/Villnöss. The simple contemporary cube made of concrete, wood and glass was designed by architects Stefan Burger and Birgit Rudacs and is integrated harmoniously into its surroundings in terms of both form and color.
This visitors’ center in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Alps has, since it opened, presented many interesting exhibits including a huge aerial photograph that visitors can walk across and Berge anfassen (Touching the Mountains), which is about rock types and stratification. On the second floor there are also the two permanent exhibits: Wunderkammer der Natur (lit: Nature’s Chamber of Wonders) and Berge erobern (lit: Conquering Mountains)
The mission of Funes Nature Park House is not only to inform, but also to convey the geological, biological and cultural diversity found at Puez-Odle. In so doing, the hope is to raise enthusiasm in people of all ages – not only regarding the natural park’s beauty but also about those things for which it stands.
The visitors’ center is open from May to the end of October and from the end of December to the end of March. The hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In July and August, the Nature Park House is also open on Sundays.