Juval Castle in Naturno, Italy
Juval is the summer residence of famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner
Juval Castle in Naturno, Italy
Juval Castle in Naturno, Italy
Juval Castle in Naturno, Italy

Juval Castle in Naturno, Italy

Juval is the summer residence of famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner

The medieval complex of Juval Castle, one of the first Reinhold Messner museums, stands above the narrow Schnalstal Valley gorge near Naturno and was built by Hugo von Montalban around 1278 on a prehistoric settlement site. Since 1983 it has been owned by the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner and is today the seat of one of the six Messner Mountain Museums, all of which have dedicated themselves to a different theme. 

The permanent exhibition in Juval Castle is dedicated to the myth of the mountain. Here visitors will find an impressive collection of tibetica, various masks from five continents, an extensive adventure library, the unique exposition on Gesar Ling, as well as Renaissance frescoes
Reinhold Messner's expedition cellar and an exhibition of pictures of the sacred mountains of the world are also part of the varied exhibition. Trained personnel accompany visitors through the various rooms of the castle and bring the stories of the individual exhibits closer. 

In addition to the Reinhold Messner Museum with all the exhibitions in the castle, there is a small mountain animal park on the castle hill, the Schlosswirt inn offers farm products, the Unterortl winery produces excellent wines and at the foot of the mountain can be bought local products in the Vinschger Bauernladen (=farm shop). 

Reinhold Messner

The extreme mountaineer, book author and ex-politician was born in 1944 and has made more than 100 expeditions to mountains and deserts all over the world since 1969. He has achieved many first ascents - including the crossing of Antarctica, the Gobi and Takla Makan deserts and the longitudinal crossing of Greenland. In recent years Reinhold Messner has dedicated himself to the foundation of various museums in South Tyrol and to cultural and political activities.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.from the fourth Sunday of March to the first Sunday in November 
Wednesday closed!
Opened also in July & August

+39 0471 631264 or juval@messner-mountain-museum.it

Shuttle to the juval castle

As there are no parking facilities near Juval Castle, please use the shuttle bus or walk.
The shuttle bus departs daily except Wednesdays from the parking lot in front of the "Vinschger Bauernladen" to the "Schlosswirt". From there it takes about 15 minutes to reach the castle.

Castle Juval near Naturno
"I have dedicated a museum project to the mountain and its culture with six unusual locations in the magnificent landscape of South Tyrol and Belluno. The Messner Mountain Museum is a meeting place with the mountain, with mountain people and ultimately with ourselves." (Reinhold Messner)

MMM Firmian: "The Enchanted Mountain"
The exhibition in the MMM Firmian at Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano focuses on the conflict between man and the mountain.
Open from the 3rd Sunday in March to the 2nd Sunday in November from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m.
Closed on Thursday.

MMM Ortles: "In the end of the world"
The MMM Ortles in Sulden is located underground and is dedicated to the topic of ice and glacier worlds.
Open from the 2nd Sunday in December to the 1st May and from the 4th Sunday in May to the 2nd Sunday in October from 14 - 18 h and from 13 - 18 h (July and August), last admission at 17.30 h. Closed on Tuesday.

MMM Ripa: "The heritage of the mountains"
The MMM Ripa at Bruneck Castle is dedicated to the mountain people from all over the world - Asia, Africa, South America and Europe - as well as their culture, religion and tourism.
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the 2nd Sunday in May to 1st November and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from 7th December to 25th April (closed on 24 and 25 December). Closed on Tuesday.

MMM Corones: "Traditional Alpinism"
The museum located on the Kronplatz is dedicated to the supreme discipline of mountaineering - alpinism.
It is open from the 1st Saturday in June to the 2nd Sunday in October and from the end of November to mid-April (according to the opening hours of the cable car) from 10 to 16 o'clock. No closing day.

MMM Dolomites: "The museum in the clouds"
With impressive views of spectacular Dolomite peaks, the MMM Dolomites is located on the Monte Rite summit plateau and focuses with the subject of rock.
Open from 1st June to 30th September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in June and from mid September, snd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from July to mid September. No closing day.
Magdalena & Simon
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Magdalena & Simon
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Wine estate Castel Juval Unterortl
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