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Plan de Corones: the Lumen, a high-altitude museum

Mountain photography and gourmet restaurant in the full-horizon setting of the Dolomites

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Where is

Trentino-Alto Adige

Plan de Corones, 39030 Marebbe BZ, Italia (2,269m s.l.m.)

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What it is and where it is

Lumen is a museum dedicated to mountain photography that first and foremost amazes because of its location, at 2,275 meters above sea level, in the former cable car station of Plan de Corones, one of the iconic places in the Dolomites. The building has been transformed into a four-story, 1,800-square-meter exhibition venue in a striking mix of design and technology, with a starred restaurant closing the loop on this little high-altitude wonder.

Why it's special

The Lumen is a one-of-a-kind museum. It is the first time, in fact, that mountain photography has been discussed in such documented terms, from bellows cameras to digital. And then, the special sections, such as the Adrenaline room, in which the most extraordinary sports photos of the year are presented. Or the annual exhibition involving great photographers in offering their vision of the Dolomites. Or the section dedicated to Reinhold Messner, presented not only as a mountaineer but also as a champion of the Alps...

Not to be missed

One of Lumen's attractions is the AlpiNN restaurant, linked to the name of Nobert Niederkofler, a multi-starred South Tyrolean chef. "Cook the Mountain" is the motto of this master of a cuisine based on the ingenious use of the raw materials offered by the Dolomites while respecting natural rhythms and in harmony with the environment. If you then add to that the excitement of a large glass room overlooking the Pustertal valley....

A bit of history

Mountain photography is a specialty of fairly recent history because of the obvious difficulties involved in transporting the heavy equipment of the early days to high altitudes. Lumen traces its milestones through the biographies of its pioneers presented in a gallery called the "Wall of Fame." Among them is Italian Vittorio Sella (1859-1943), remembered for his heroic determination to use large plate machines even under the most extreme conditions.

Curiosities

One of the wonders of the museum is the Shutter, a large circular glass window that opens and closes continuously like the aperture of a camera. When closed, a film about the mountain is projected on the Shutter, while once open the viewer can lose himself in the wonderful view of the Dolomites.

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