Oetzi: The Glacier Mummy from Schnalstal Valley
Iceman from the Tisenjoch ridge

Oetzi: The Glacier Mummy from Schnalstal Valley

Iceman from the Tisenjoch ridge

In 1991, mountain climbers on the Ötztal Alps discovered a perfectly preserved 5,300 year-old mummy. Subsequently known as Oetzi, it did not take long for news of the discovery of the glacier mummy in the Schnalstal Valley to spread internationally.

For the past 25 years, the mummy has been the subject of continuous research at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum) in Bolzano/Bozen, and continues to yield important information about life in the Neolithic Era.

Besides the reconstruction of Oetzi’s habitat at the interactive archeoParc museum in the Schnalstal Valley, there are also local routes leading to other Neolithic sites. The Oetzi Glacier Tour retraces the footsteps of Oetzi up to the Tisenjoch ridge, where he was discovered. The Iceman has also inspired artists, and is the subject of works such as the Inside Oetzi radio play and the musical composition Oetzi’s Fanfare.

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Discovery of Oetzi in Schnalstal Valley

The oldest ice mummy in the world

Compared to other ancient human remnants, Oetzi is notable for his venerable age, excellent state of preservation and also the tools and items of clothing found nearby. The mummy is the centerpiece of the permanent local history exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano/Bozen. Temporary exhibitions illustrate the latest research results being carried out on the Iceman.
Place of discovery Ötzi
Place of discovery Ötzi
On September 19th, 1991 Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by the German mountaineering couple Erika and Helmut Simon on Tisenjoch/Giogo di Tisa mountain, above the ...
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archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Schnalstal - Get in touch with the world of the Iceman. South Tyrol's first hands-on archaeology museum is distinguished by its unconventional ...
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Ötzi Glacier Tour
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Ötzi Glacier Tour
Challenging Alpine tour, which leads via the Similaunhütte mountain hut to the discovery site of the famous “iceman”. Route description Follow ...
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