Appreciating nature at the heart of Puez–Geisler Nature Park
The Puez-Geisler Nature Park encompasses mountain ranges such as the Geisler/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 the Nature Park House Puez-Geisler in Villnöss valley, which opened in 2009 in St. Magdalena/Villnöss valley. 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 colour.
This visitors’ centre 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 the Nature Park House Puez-Geisler is not only to inform, but also to convey the geological, biological and cultural diversity found at Puez-Geisler Nature Park. 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’ centre is open from 5th May to 30th October and from 28th December 2021 to 2nd April 2022,
Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm
In July and August, the Nature Park House is also open on Sundays.
Closed on bank holidays.
Special exhibition from May until October
Nature Parks South Tyrol - The forests
A wide variety of forest types have developed in South Tyrol, ranging from the sub-Mediterranean forest with downy oaks in the valley floor to larch and Swiss stone pine forests on the forest boundary. The exhibition takes you through these habitats with their unique flora and fauna.