In the birthplace of Andreas Hofer, the Tyrolean freedom fighter, you will find the Passaier Museum, where you can learn interesting facts about the leader of the Tyrolean uprising in 1809.
The 600 m² museum is divided into three exhibition areas. The permanent exhibition "Heroes and Hofers" shows how the Tyroleans revolted against Napoleon in 1809 and provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the hero Andreas Hofer. How did the cattle dealer become a rebel leader? And why was he so desperate about God and the Emperor? In the showrooms there are not only answers to these questions, but also insights into how heroic figures are created and what they can be misused for.
In the exhibition "Helden und Wir" you actively deal with the subject of heroes. Who's a hero to you, who's a role model? Six large cones of light should create clarity and provide information about which values are important to us and whether we need heroes at all.
The third exhibition area "Tol und Leit" is located outside and shows the rural life of the old Passeier. In addition to numerous folklore objects, visitors can visit a typical Passai heap yard. It consists of a residential house with a barn and many outbuildings, including a mill, a blacksmith's shop, an oven, a grain box and an apiary. Furthermore you will get a quick course for the Psair dialect and learn not only what "zwui" and "ggfruintit" means, but also that the name of the exhibition "Tol und Leit" actually stands for "valley and people".
The museum was created in 2009 to celebrate Andreas Hofer's 200th anniversary. The Sandhof, where the exhibitions are located, has been a listed building since 1982. After Hofer's death, Emperor Ferdinand I bought the building.
- The day pass at Museum Passeier is €8 making it one of the 10 cheapest tourist Attractions in South Tyrol.
How to get there
The MuseumPasseier is located on the SS 44 near St. Leonhard in Passeier, approx. 20 km north of Merano. It can also be reached via the 2094 m high Jaufenpass or the 2474 m high Timmelsjoch (open June to October).
By public transport
The bus stop of the bus line 240 is directly in front of the museum. The journey from and to Merano takes about 35 minutes. The buses usually run every half hour.
The museum is located on the Passeir cycle path. The well-developed gravel road leads along the Passer. It has only a slight gradient and is also suitable for untrained people and children. From Merano approx. 18 km, 300 hm.