Attractions in the Alta Pusteria
Water is a central corner stone for the town of Toblach/Dobbiaco. The reason for it? Two main rivers, the Drava and the Rienza, have their well here. This why a team of experts has attracted locals' and travellers' attention to a series of water treasures as a blended concept between artistic interpretation and the natural heritage which at their individual spots are well sign-posted and explained by means of interesting background info panels.
Some of the water treasures are the following:
- Firstly, there is a beautiful panorama spot situated at the outskirts of Toblach/Dobbiaco in a rather hilly area in the middle of the woods and pretty close to the Berghotel Schopfenhof where a fountain has two little rivers' water collected and accordingly is called the two waters fountain of Dobbiaco. Try them!
- "Dobbiaco - the water divide the heart of Europe". An installation of the artist Ulrich Egger in front of the Gustav Mahler music Hall at the Culture Centre of the fin de siècle building of the Grand Hotel Dobbiaco. The dimension of the Drava in the shape of a 3 foot representing approximately nearly 0.8 miles of the river flow so that it will take you all in all some 15 minutes to get to the other end of the river.
- On the 750 km long way to the Donau, the Drava crosses 5 European countries. The beginning is at Toblach/Dobbiaco.The viewing platform at the western lakeside is an attractive possibility to make a break with view over the wildlife at the Lake of Dobbiaco.
A modern hydraulic power is the electric power station "Schmelze". The historic smelting furnace at the "Klauskofel" shows, how the people used the power of water in the last centuries.
With stones of the river made Labyrinth in the forest near the Restaurant Genziana with bubbler in the center as power source.
The San Candido Wells According to the earliest written documents, this local tradition dates back to 1586, although already the old Romans were most likely the first to bring it to us, as old coins and amphoras that were found in the nearby area support this believe. Today, there is little more than the remains of a very luxurious fin de siècle Grand-Hotel where once the very top notch of the Austo-Hungarian aristocracies was often to be seen until World War I. Built back in 1856 at the initiative of a Hungarian nobleman, Dr. Johann Count Scheiber, for medical treatment purposes, it saw its transformation into a Grand Hotel later on until due to partial but heavy destruction in the course of WWI its peak time was over and a slow but unstoppable decline had began throughout the decades onwards.
Bringing back the long but a little forgotten local tradition of medical treatments by means of seeking the effects of healthy wells, the nearby town of Villabassa/Niederdorf has developed a holistic concept all around the topic of water. In addition to its broad offer, by reviving the findings of the pioneer in this field Sebastian Kneipp a new concept called pure air inhalation outdoor has been put into practice coming in the shape of water enriched by salt components gently flowing down from a mountain pine and blackthorn carpet developing into a salty fog absorbing the aetherical oils of that wood. Inhalating this salty air is not only a benefit for your breathing, but is equally useful to limit the spread of infections in case of different bronchito-type diseases.
The two Open Sky Museums (At the Croda Rossa and at the Mount Piano) World War I most deeply impacted the population of the Dolomites and in addition to them it was up in the mountains at sometimes even close to 3000 metres during plain winter with piles of snow, ice and isolation where more than approximately 14000 young soldiers on both Austrian and Italian sides had lost their lives - either in direct shootings and bombings or as a indirect consequence of bearing such inhumane living conditions. To honour their memory, a hiking trail has been created with the purpose for the participants to get a feel in summer time for the terrible living conditions those poor soldiers must have suffered during winter time. The trail will show where the military confrontational lines were, it will lead into tunnels in the rock the soldiers built for protection and will show from where destructive bombs were launched with the purpose of killing either by effects of the shells explosions in the face of the enemy or by getting the snow piles developping into unstoppable avalanches.
MMM Ripa In July 2011 at the Castle of Bruneck/Brunico in the Alta Pusteria the fifth Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum was inaugurated. The fith MMM is entirely devoted to the different population of the mountains around all the world stretching from the Himalaya to the Alps. During a visit at this museum, you may possibly get a deeper understanding of the impact the living conditions in the mountains have since always had on the people living there and it will further tell much of the responsibility mankind of both present and future generations shall take in order to preserve these wonderful areas which to date are so heavily threatened by mass tourism and natural disasters such as climate change.
Water will always find its course, hence follow it and in doing so you will find your own course! (Old saying)