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Abandoned by the wayside in South Tyrol

​​During our hike through the Passei Gorge from St. Leonard to Moos, this small former power station stood by the roadside. "Polt-Kraftwerk" is written on a sign in front of a stone hut. Inside were machines and switches from the Gomion power station. From 1955 until the construction of the “Langwies” small power station, electricity was generated for a few small towns in the Passeier Valley.

Kleines Wasserkraftwerk im Passeier-Tal

Small hydroelectric power station in the Passeier Valley

On the Plätzwiese in the Pragser Tal, opposite the Dürrensteinhütte, there is a building of the Austro-Hungarian fort from the KuK era, which is located on the former imperial border with Italy and served to secure the Höhleinstein and Altpragser valleys. At the time of the First World War, the fort was equipped with machine guns, field cannons and anti-tank mortars. After the wars, the very damaged walls were partially restored. The Plätzwiese was a very hotly contested area during the First World War and the returnees cross on the Strudelkopf was erected by soldiers from the Pustertal valley to commemorate their comrades who died in both world wars.

Sperrfort auf der Plätzwiesee

Sperrfort on the Plätzwiese in the Braies Valley

During a hike from Moos to the Kreuzberg Pass, we saw expanded positions of the Italian Alpine Wall in the rocks of the Sextener Rotwand, which Mussolini had built throughout northern Italy until 1942 as a fear of a German attack. On the descent we passed a huge bunker,  which was probably driven into the mountain as crew accommodation. Unfortunately I only had one cell phone with me and the pictures inside the bunker didn't come off.

Italienischer Alpenwall am Kreuzberg

Italian alpine wall on the Kreuzberg pass

Kaiserjäger Stellung auf dem Helm

During a hike to the Helm mountain in Alta Pusteria we came from the old positions of the Austrian Kaiserjäger


the 1st world war over:

The Thurn castle ruins are the ruins of a hilltop castle at the entrance to the Gsies Valley above Monguelfo in South Tyrol. The facility was built in the late 13th century by the Lords of Welsberg - directly opposite Welsperg Castle on the other side of the Gsieser Bach. In the 16th century the facility was rebuilt and expanded. On May 15, 1765, the castle fell victim to a fire. It is still owned by the Thun-Hohenstein-Welsperg family today. The ascent was quite strenuous and wasn't really worth it. The walls have fallen into disrepair, the tower is not accessible. Much more interesting is the Welsperg Castle opposite, which is a pretty museum that is run on a voluntary basis. But it is not "lost"!

Burgruine Thurn

Thurn castle ruins