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Exhibition „Mountains, a mysterious passion“

As a fascinating counterpoint to the historic Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Innsbruck, a special show in a modern exhibition space one level below examines the subject of Alpinism.

“Mountains, a mysterious passion”, an exhibition by the Austrian Alpine Club, takes a creative, interactive look at a subject that is probably more deeply rooted in Tirol than in any other Austrian province: the passion for mountain climbing, with all of its ups and downs, and its physical and psychological components.

Designed to simulate a hike, the exhibition presents a colourful combination of largely historic everyday utensils, art works, research documents and reports, as well as artistically depicted emotions such as those experienced after conquering a mountain peak: a gleaming white room, in which the quotations affixed to the walls are visible only at second glance, reflects the sudden inner emptiness one feels upon attaining a goal and thus losing a long-held dream. One quote reads: “The man who has made it to the top finds himself in the situation of the person who has achieved everything he has ever desired. His situation is necessarily an unsatisfying one.” But this exhibition is that much more satisfying for the visitor.

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The main purpose of the two main domains and is the promotion of Austria as a holiday destination.